How far will Sabonis grow?
The Sacramento Kings of Domantas Sabonis (26, 211cm) won the 2022-2023 NBA regular season San Antonio Spurs 132-119 at the AT&T Center on the 16th (Korean time). Sabonis led the team to victory by achieving a double-double in 20 consecutive games with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists.
Double-doubles, where double-digit records are made simultaneously in two categories, have become commonplace for Sabonis. 1st place (33 times) in the double-double category this season.
Sabonis recorded his 33rd double-double this season, including this game, and is proudly ranked first in this category. On January 8, against the Los Angeles Lakers, he continued his double-double record in 16 consecutive games, surpassing DeMarcus Cousins (15 games) to become the player with the most consecutive double-doubles in Sacramento franchise history. (*The record was in 1976. It is based on the standard since the NBA-ABA merger in 2008) Sabonis is doing what even the team’s legendary big men, Vlad Divac and Chris Webber, couldn’t do.
Sabonis became the league’s representative double-double machine this season because it was supported by strong board control.
Sabonis is recording an average double-double with an average of 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds in 40 regular league games. 1st in rebounding among all players. Above all, he actively shows his tenacity toward the ball regardless of offense, defense, or rebound. His offensive rebound count is also 3.0 out of his average of 12.5 rebounds. 바카라
What’s even more amazing is that he leads a bad body and shows strong grip and consistency under the goal every game. Savonis is coming into the game with a ligament injury in his right thumb.
Also, considering his recent performance, he was truly a beauty in all directions. He was responsible for a variety of items, including scoring, rebounding, and assists.
Sabonis achieved a triple-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists against the Houston Rockets on the 14th. Only three players recorded the line: Nicola Jokic, Wilt Chamberlain, and Sabonis. Even for the entire season, Sabonis is averaging 7.0 assists and demonstrating a high-level control tower ability.
The ‘double-double machine’ Sabonis will challenge another phenomenal double-double record for the rest of the season. If he achieves a double-double in 37 of the remaining 40 games, he will achieve more than 70 double-doubles in one season in the league in 19 years since Kevin Garnett in 2004 (71 times at the time) based on the 30 club system.
Last season, Jokic of the Denver Nuggets showed an all-time pace and challenged the record, but unfortunately it was only 66 times, falling short of Garnett’s record.
Meanwhile, as the performance of key players such as Sabonis, De’Aaron Pax, Kevin Herter, and Harrison Barnes revived, Sacramento is also on the rise. The recent firepower of Sacramento, which boasts 120.0 points and ranks first in NBA team scoring average, is not hot enough to be blazing.
Sacramento scored 130 points or more in their last five games, becoming the first NBA club since Denver in 1988 to score 130 points in five consecutive games. Thanks to this, they won 4 consecutive victories, and the ranking jumped up to 4th place in the Western Conference before they knew it.
Sacramento last made it to the playoffs in 2006, 17 years ago, and has been out of the playoffs for the longest time among the 30 NBA teams. If the 2022-2023 season does not completely collapse in the second half of the halfway point, it is expected to put an end to the long dark period.