Samuel Dalembert always seems to fall second best. He is the second oldest player on the Kings. He is the second tallest player on the Kings. And he is the second heaviest player on the team. But tonight, Dalembert was first. Dalembert led the Kings with 14 rebounds. In his 22 minutes of play time, he brought down six offensive and eight defensive rebounds. Dalembert is a beast.
When I first heard of the trade that sent two former Kings (Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni) away to acquire Dalembert, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know much about Dalembert except he was a big guy who had played his entire NBA career thus far with the 76ers. Plus, I was a little pissed that we were getting rid of Hawes, a young player who has a significant amount of potential. But with age comes experience and at only 29 years old, Dalembert leads the team in experience. In his eight NBA seasons, Dalembert has averaged 8.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 1.9 BPG. Those numbers speak for themselves.
Although I was a little skeptical of Dalembert, tonight has proven me wrong. I think Dalembert is just what the Kings need-an experienced leader who can put up big numbers and who can step up when needed. If he can have 14 rebounds in 22 minutes, I can only imagine the kind of damage he could do in 48 minutes.
So Sam, I would like to extend my hand and officially welcome you to the Sacramento Kings. Now please, make me proud.<!--EndFragment-->