4. Marvin Bagley
No one expected the Kings to get off to a 5-3 start, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. Bagley hasn’t been the star for Dave Joerger’s team, but he’s been a valuable cog in the machine. That’s enough to keep him in our top 5 this week.
The strange thing about Bagley’s start is that statistically, he’s proving to be a positive on the defensive end of the floor and a negative on the offensive end. We believe that’s an anomaly due to a small sample size. When you watch Bagley play it’s obvious his talents lie on the offensive end.
The key for him moving forward will be to stretch his game out to the 3-point line. He shows good quickness off the bounce, but his perimeter jump shot hasn’t been dangerous enough to really cause opponents to close out hard on him. Bagley’s form looks good, but it’s going to take more reps at the NBA line to really allow him to be a comfortable shooter form distance.
On the defensive end, he’s competing much harder than he did at the collegiate level. He’s never going to be a plus defender, but if he can be average, it will allow his offensive skill to make him a productive player overall. The Kings should feel good about Bagley’s potential. He may never be an All-Star, but the chances of him developing into an above-average starter are much higher than they initially appeared.