Kings’ Marvin Bagley III not bothered seeing Luka Doncic, Trae Young thrive
In their second years in the NBA, Luka Doncic is a legitimate MVP candidate and Trae Young is lighting up the league with 28.7 points per game. This is not the same reality for Marvin Bagley III.
Despite both players rising to a higher level from the 2018 NBA Draft, Kings power forward Marvin Bagley III is not bothered by seeing Dončič and Young’s success.
“It’s not tough for me,” Bagley said. “I want to play bad, but at the same time, my body is important. I can’t afford to come back and have something else hurt and miss some more time. I’ve got to make sure the body feels great, everything’s back, I’ve got to take care of my body, continue to push. I’m almost there.”
A broken thumb has kept the former Duke star from playing in all but one game this season. Without the budding talent of Bagley III, the Sacramento Kings have fallen to 8-13 on the season and sit in 12th place in the Western Conference — lower than many expected after a promising 2018.
While the big man is not rushing his return, the 6-foot-11, 240-pound power forward was listed as questionable for the King’s Sunday game against the Mavericks and should return soon for Sacramento.
And while Luka Doncic and Trae Young have already become stars in the NBA, Marvin Bagley III remains one of the most promising young talents in the league.
In 62 games as a rookie, Marvin Bagley III averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game primarily coming off the bench for the Kings. With point guard De’Aaron Fox also out with injury, the Kings will likely need to get back to full strength if they want to compete in the Western Conference.