Kings grades: Richaun Holmes earns high mark as free agency looms

The Kings have one of the worst track records in the league at finding value on the free-agent market. They’ve squandered huge contracts on veterans that underperform and rarely finish out their contracts.

Every once in a while, Sacramento finds a diamond in the rough, which is exactly what Richaun Holmes has been since the Kings signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract in the summer of 2019.

After bouncing around the league, the 27-year-old center has earned a starting NBA job and is set for a huge new contract this summer, either with the Kings or on the open market. 

For a second straight season, Holmes posted career numbers across the board. While his game is unconventional, his impact on the court is tremendous. He’s a player the Kings should try to build around, although that will be a challenge with his pending free agency and the team’s current cap situation. 

Here is a deep dive into Holmes and his breakout season with the Kings.

Offense

20-21 Stats: 14.2 points, 1.7 assists, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 63.7 percent FG 19-20 Stats: 12.3 points, 1.0 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 64.8 percent FG

Know your role. That is one of the most difficult things for an NBA player to learn, but Holmes seems to have mastered it. 

Call it a baby jump hook or a push shot, whatever it is, Holmes’ ability to score inside the key over larger…

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