I believe Quincy Douby will be the odd man out in Sacramento's playing rotation as long as the Kings stay competitive.
He's a hybrid guard, and his ballhandling skills haven't developed to the point - excuse the pun -where Kings coach Reggie Theus can trust him to run the offense. He's too small and doesn't have enough strength to play the shooting forward, so that option is out.
It is in my humble opinion, he won't work out for Sacramento. His mentality is shoot-first and one can see he is so compelled to create his own offense that he loses sight of what Theus truly wants him to do - run the show. However, if and when the Kings do go in the toilet, Theus will trot Douby back out there. I think everyone's surprised the team has actually won four games, and consequently Theus has been more restrictive with his playing time because he doesn't want to experiment while victories are at stake. Douby has looked uncomfortable on the floor when defenses tighten up on him.
Obviously, Theus is the kicker in the whole deal. He is determined to impose his will on the team and if it's at the expense of hurting feelings he's going to do it. Against Detroit recently, he was content to play Brad Miller, Mikki Moore, Beno Udrih, Kevin Martin, Ron Artest, Francisco Garcia and John Salmons. Douby doesn't really do anything better than any of those players and that's the problem with his situation. I imagine Moore, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Kenny Thomas and Douby are all in for a rude awakening as well.
My prediction is Udrih will satisfy Kings management enough at point guard that they will trade Mike Bibby for a draft choice in December or January. Who knows, that might help Douby's cause a lot!
Posted by Shawn Ryley at 11/21/2007 9:39:00 AM