Sacramento Kings middle Richaun Holmes believes he’s “deserving” of getting named to an NBA All-Protection staff.
“Being a member of the All-Defensive Staff is unquestionably one thing that I’m striving for,” Holmes told Alex Kennedy of BasketballNews.com. “Like I’ve mentioned earlier than, I’m among the finest two-way facilities within the NBA. I undoubtedly really feel like I’m deserving of the All-Defensive Staff.”
Holmes thinks that he’s been missed for such accolades over the course of his profession.
“I really feel like my identify has all the time been one which type of flies below the radar,” Holmes mentioned. “It’s all the time type of an afterthought and issues of that kind… I need to proceed to get higher on the ground and simply let my numbers and issues of that kind show my case.”
Holmes, who averaged simply 5.6 factors in 13.8 minutes per recreation in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015-16, has cemented himself as one of many League’s finest facilities. Now with the Kings, he’s averaging 14.1 factors over half-hour per recreation this season.
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Holmes spoke to Kennedy about his enchancment since his rookie season.
“Ah man, it’s been a enormous enchancment,” Holmes mentioned. “…I feel, for probably the most half, the primary factor is simply confidence and having a possibility to play and type of get my toes on the bottom.”
Holmes’ nice play since becoming a member of the Kings final yr has made him a scorching commodity, and along with his contract set to run out on the finish of the season, he needs to be due a considerable payday.
The Kings are nonetheless within the playoff hunt within the Western Convention however will want a giant run within the closing stretch of the season to get into the play-in recreation. The Kings are twelfth within the west with a document of 22-32.