9. Skal Labissiere, F, Sacramento Kings
It’s easy to get lost in small sample sizes, especially for a player who’s been on the court for so few minutes across his first three seasons in the NBA. But for Skal Labissiere’s first two seasons in Sacramento, a sample of about 1,900 minutes (or roughly a full season for a regular rotation player), he averaged 15.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes, shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 35.6 percent on 3-pointers.
Labissiere has fallen almost completely out of the rotation for the surprisingly strong Kings, playing less than 100 minutes this season. That fact might speak to other concerns, effort and attitude perhaps, but the Kings also don’t have the strongest track record for player development over the past decade. Labissiere is not a future star but he’s just 22 and has performed well enough in limited opportunities to seemingly deserve a chance for more. He’s long, athletic and could be a versatile offensive big man. If he could find a team willing to invest some time and opportunity in building his confidence he could pay off.