The idea of Sasha Vezenkov and what his elite shooting could do for the Sacramento Kings has had fans salivating all summer, but before Vezenkov can become the best shooter the NBA has ever seen (Steph who?), he’ll first need to actually crack the Kings rotation. And based on comments today from Kings coach Mike Brown, that rotation role is not a guarantee or a given.
Mike Brown on the Sasha Vezenkov situation. He was non-committal on whether Vezenkov will be in the rotation when the season begins. pic.twitter.com/inuJdzWPIV
— James Ham (@James_HamNBA) October 10, 2023
Now, before we get into a panic about how Brown is going to use (or not use) Vezenkov, it’s worth noting that Mike Brown has already proven a willingness to play with different lineup combinations and give players different opportunities to shine. As our friend Jill Adge points out, Sacramento’s lineup varied dramatically throughout last season.
KZ started, Holmes had a role and Lyles wasn’t in the rotation to start last season. Metu, TD, and Len ended up being used. Kessler came over and had some big minutes.
It’s a long ass season. Everyone be ready because you will be needed eventually
— Jillian Adge (@JillAdge) October 10, 2023
KZ Okpala was a starter for the Kings at the beginning of last season. Alex Len rode the bench much of the year and then got an opportunity at the very end of the season. Mike Brown is willing to make changes.