Positional Breakdown in Review: Point Guard
Throughout the 2016-17 season, Sacramento saw strong and steady production from its point guards, a position composed of a combination of veteran talent and youth.
The Kings rotation of floor generals included seasoned players like Darren Collison and Ty Lawson while also featuring a fresh face in Langston Galloway.
This trio would combine to average 29.1 points and 11 assists per contest in 2016-17, shoring up an important portion of Sacramento’s offensive efforts.
In his three-season tenure with the Kings, Collison has transitioned from starting point guard to sixth man to starting point guard once again during the 2016-17 campaign.
DC started in 64 of the 68 contests he played for Sacramento - the most he’s recorded since his 2010-11 season with the Indiana Pacers. No. 7 would go on to tally 13.2 points and 4.6 assists per game while also logging a career high in three-point percentage, knocking down 41.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
One of the most impressive stretches of Darren’s season came in early February, where he had a six-game span where he averaged 19.8 points per game on a scorching 47.8-shooting percentage from long range and 51.6 percent from the field overall. No. 7’s contributions helped propel the Kings to four wins in these six games, including triumphs over the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.
Collison also demonstrated his clutch factor towards the end of the season in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Trailing by one with just 5.7 seconds remaining, DC put the finishing touches on a 23-point performance by draining two free throws to seal a 91-90 victory for Sacramento.
After playing for three different teams over the prior two seasons, Ty Lawson looked to recapture his form as one of the top floor generals in the Association in 2016-17.
The eighth-year guard bounced back for the Kings this season, showing opponents he was still a force to be reckoned with both as a playmaker and as a scorer. Lawson averaged 9.9 points and a team-leading 4.9 assists per contest.
While No. 10 played most of his games in a reserve role, Ty also stepped in to start 24 of his 69 games this season. During his last five games of 2016-17, the former North Carolina Tarheel made a sizeable impact, scoring 16.4 points on a remarkable 70.3 percent from the field while also dishing out 5.4 assists per contest.
Lawson topped off his campaign with a career performance in his final game of the season, logging his first ever triple-double. No. 3 tallied 22 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a Kings 129-104 rout of the Phoenix Suns.
Since recording a successful rookie campaign with the New York Knicks in 2014-15, where he was named to the All-Rookie 2nd Team, Langston Galloway has continued to be a solid contributor in the NBA.
Since joining Sacramento after the All-Star break, Galloway has managed to make the most of his minutes in a more limited role compared to his previous tenures with the Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans.
In his 19 games with the Kings, the St. Joseph’s product logged six points per game along with 1.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds in his 19.7 minutes of action.
An area where Galloway stood out tremendously, though, was his 3-point shooting. As a member of the Kings, Langston knocked down a team-high 47.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.