Domantas Sabonis had an incredible year in his first full season with the Sacramento Kings. He helped lead the Kings to 3 Seed in the West, ended the playoff drought, was named to the All-NBA Third Team, and finished 7th in MVP voting. Sabonis averaged 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds (a league high), and 7.3 assists for the year. What’s more incredible is that Sabonis did all that while playing through a fractured thumb. That injury can cause players to miss a couple months, but Sabonis missed two games.
So the question now is how good can Sabonis be now that he’s fully recovered?
Astoundingly, Sabonis’ stats for the season as a whole are nearly identical (and in same areas better) than if you look just at the first 31 games before the injury. And yet we saw throughout the year that Sabonis’ thumb was still bothering him at times. As Domas now enters his Age 27 season, can he continue to improve? We’ve already talked about the importance of a reliable mid-range shot for Sabonis, but I also wonder if a healthy Sabonis can reach heights we haven’t seen yet.