Jason Thompson PF SAC 2 Days
Thompson (quadriceps) made the start Thursday and contributed three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block in 29 minutes.
Thompson has been dealing with tightness in his left quad but hasn't actually missed time off the court because of the injury. At this point it seems unlikely that he'll be sidelined by this minor injury as the Kings face the Timberwolves on Saturday.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 3 Days
Thompson is officially listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Bulls, James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom reports.
For the second straight game, Thompson is listed as probable while battling left quad tendinitis. The ailment didn't seem to affect him too greatly Tuesday against New Orleans, as he posted 15 points and nine boards in 25 minutes.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 4 Days
Thompson scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 FT), with nine rebounds in 25 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Pelicans.
Thompson was probable to play, but did well in limited minutes. Omri Casspi actually played more than Thompson did, but the big man was still able to have a solid night. Temper your expectations with Thompson though, as this is the first time he's hit double figure points all season.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 5 Days
Thompson is probable for Tuesday's contest against the Pelicans due to left quadriceps tendinitis.
Expect Thompson to man his typical spot at power forward, but Rudy Gay's potential absence due to tendinitis in his right Achilles throws a wrench into the forward rotation. If Gay fails to take the court, and Thompson is somewhat limited, Carl Landry and Omri Casspi are the likely candidates to take on additional run.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 20 Days
Thompson recorded four points (2-5 FG), seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks with three turnovers in the victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday. He played 37 minutes.
Thompson isn't going to light up the scoreboard on most nights but does contribute in other areas. If he continues to get 35-40 minutes per game he will be a useful fantasy play for his rebounds, blocks, and steals alone. Leave him on the waiver wire for now; just be ready to scoop him up if he does well against the Denver Nuggets on Monday.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 2 Months
Thompson had seven points (2-4 FG, 3-4 FT) and seven rebounds to go along with five turnovers in 21 minutes as the starter at power forward for the Kings in their loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
While Thompson was named the starter of the preseason game Sunday, it is too hard to tell if he'll keep the starting job going forward. Thompson was said to be having a great training camp, but Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams, and Carl Landry all played 21, 15, and 21 minutes coming off the bench Sunday. What this likely means is coach Mike Malone liked the improvement of Thompson this offseason and sees him as the best option right now, but the competition for the regular season starting role is still wide open. While nobody stood out with a great performance, two important things to note are Reggie Evans lead the team with 13 rebounds and Thompson lead with five turnovers. Thompson didn't attempt any three-pointers despite the fact that he worked on it this offseason.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 2 Months
Thompson developed a three-point shot in the offseason, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Coach Mike Malone relayed the news Tuesday, which will be substantiated one way or the other once the preseason begins in earnest. With no proven touch from beyond the arc -- Thompson has merely knocked down 1-for-26 in his six-year career -- potential owners shouldn't bank on the 6-11, 250 forward suddenly draining treys on a consistent basis. That is, unless he proves to boast a prowess from deep.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 5 Months
The Kings reportedly hope to trade one of their power forwards, while acquiring a big man who can defend the rim and block shots.
Sacramento has too many PFs on their roster, none of whom are intimidating defenders -- the group includes Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, Reggie Evans and Quincy Acy. Thompson said in May that the 2013-14 season was his most frustrating season in the NBA, and "wasn't even a fun year," so the Kings will likely at least try to unload the three years and $19.2 million remaining on his contract. Carl Landry's deal is no better, with three years and $20.3 million remaining, and Sacramento might have to package either player with more attractive assets to find a willing trade partner.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 6 Months
Jason Thompson said that the 2013-14 season was "definitely, hands down the most frustrating [season]."
"It wasn't even a fun year," Thompson said. "Just for the amount of shots, the type of rotations that we had - offensively and defensively ... Every other [big man] that's come in here, they've gotten traded for a reason. They come and they go. I don't think they want to go, but it just doesn't work. There's got to be a common denominator." Thompson is owed a guaranteed $12.4 million over the next two seasons, so Sacramento will either have to trade him or find a way to appease him.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 8 Months
Kings coach Mike Malone implicitly called out Jason Thompson for a blown defensive assignment during Sunday's loss to the Mavericks.
"We've done an awful job [defending the three-point line] the whole year," Malone said. "Sometimes it's just the lack of communication that's breaking our rules of 'No, we don't leave strong-side shooters open.' What did we do tonight? We give up a big three to Shawn Marion." Thompson was supposed to be defending Marion during the play in question, but instead he sagged deep into the paint and allowed his man to get wide open in the corner. The Kings have one of the worst defensive efficiency ratings in the NBA and it will be interesting to see how they address the issue during the offseason.