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2013-14 Kings Milestone Watch

2013-14 Kings Milestone Watch

By: Alex Kramers

With the 2013-14 season underway, several Kings players are on the verge of vaulting into the all-time top 10 in numerous Sacramento-era statistical categories. From DeMarcus Cousins' rapid ascent up the team rebounding list to Marcus Thornton's record-setting three-point pace, following are notable achievements, key milestones and exclusive clubs to watch for throughout the year.

DeMarcus Cousins

Total Career Double-Doubles: 99

Sacramento-Era Rank: 6th

DMC racked up 35 double-doubles last season and has already added two more to his career total in four 2013-14 contests. The talented big man is only eight double-doubles shy of tying Vlade Divac (107), and is well on his way to passing Brad Miller (123) to claim second place in the category in the Sacramento era.

Total Career Rebounds: 2,185

Sacramento-Era Rank: 11th

Cousins has grabbed 9.8 rebounds per outing to date, and is likely to move ahead of as many as six renowned glass-cleaners in 2013-14 en route to becoming the fifth player in the Sacramento era to reach the 3,000-board plateau.

Total Career Blocks: 203

Sacramento-Era Rank: 15th

No. 15 – who holds a career average of 1.1 blocks per 36 minutes – has already swatted five shots in four 2013-14 outings, and could pass as many as five Kings players to climb into the Sacramento-era top-10 by season's end.

Total Career Steals:

Sacramento-Era Rank: T-19th

With eight steals in the first four games of the season, Cousins has tied Walt Williams for 19th place in the category, and is only 12 swipes shy of passing respected defender Randy Brown. The Kings center – who has tallied 1.3 steals per game over his first three years – is on pace to surpass as many as 12 players over the course of 2013-14, including Jason Williams, Bobby Jackson and Metta World Peace.

Total Career Points: 3,656

Sacramento-Era Rank: 22nd

Averaging 17.6 points per game since the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign, DMC could find himself as high as 10th in the Sacramento-era scoring annals by the 2013-14 season finale. Among past Kings players Cousins is expected to pass this season are Doug Christie, Otis Thorpe and Reggie Theus.

John Salmons

Kings-Career Three-Pointers: 291

Sacramento-Era Rank: 10th

After connecting on 99 three-pointers last season – the third-highest total of his career – No. 5 could finish the 2013-14 campaign in sixth place in the category in the Sacramento era, ahead of Christie, Jackson and Jason Williams.

Isaiah Thomas

Total Three-Pointers: 205

Sacramento-Era Rank: 16th

No. 22 has knocked down the second-most three-pointers (198) by a Kings player over his first two seasons, connecting on 1.4 triples per contest. On his way to delivering another 100-plus from downtown this year, the Tacoma native should move up at least six spots in the Sacramento-era category by season's end, ahead of Spud Webb, World Peace and Walt Williams.

Total Career Assists: 601

Sacramento-Era Rank: 29th

Thomas – who holds a career 4.1 assists-per-game average – is on pace to move into 16th place in the Sacramento-era ranks by the end of his third season, surpassing Danny Ainge, Francisco Garcia and Jackson in the process.

Jason Thompson

Total Career Rebounds: 2,715

Sacramento-Era Rank: 6th

No. 34 passed Thorpe, LaSalle Thompson, Peja Stojakovic and Wayman Tisdale in 2012-13 to climb into sixth place in the Sacramento-era rebounding ranks. At his career rate of 7.1 boards per outing, the Rider product would pass Lionel Simmons and Olden Polynice by season's end, becoming the fourth Kings player since 1985 to grab 3,000 caroms.

Total Career Blocks: 285

Sacramento-Era Rank: 8th

J.T. swatted 61 shots last season – the second-highest total of his career – to move ahead of Brian Grant, Scot Pollard, Polynice and Tisdale. Over the course of the 2013-14 campaign, Thompson – who holds a career average of one block per 36 minutes – could vault as many as four spots in the category, surpassing Garcia, Miller, Simmons and LaSalle Thompson.

Total Career Double-Doubles: 79

Sacramento-Era Rank: 11th

With 12 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 2, the N.J. native tied Theus with 79 career double-doubles, and stands to catch Tisdale (82), Simmons (88) and LaSalle Thompson (91) by season's end.

Total Career Points: 4,013

Sacramento-Era Rank: 15th

Thompson – who also crossed the 4,000-point threshold on Nov. 2 – has scored an efficient 9.6 points per outing since 2011-12, putting him on pace to surpass Webb, Thorpe and Tyreke Evans in Sacramento-era career scoring by the 2013-14 finale.

Marcus Thornton

Kings-Career Three-Pointers: 308

Sacramento-Era Rank: 9th

Thornton has averaged 2.0 made three-pointers per game in 154 contests in a Kings uniform, becoming only the ninth player in the Sacramento era to join the 300-triple club. No. 23 – who's only eight three-pointers behind Christie – is on course to move into fourth place in the category by season's end, which would put him behind only sharpshooters Stojakovic, Mitch Richmond, Mike Bibby and Garcia.