Trent Lockett Player Development Report from Rafael Barlowe
Trent Lockett has serious potential. In fact, the 6’5” 210 pound guard is known for his athleticism and court awareness, but with added development, Lockett may blossom into a solid role player for Sacramento. At least, that’s what the Kings are hoping for after signing Lockett to a contract before training camp.
Though the terms of Lockett’s deal were not revealed, it appears the Kings have a strong interest in the former Arizona State and Marquette product. Can Lockett elaborate on his pre-draft workout, and NBA Summer League performance with the club? Unfortunately, the numbers game might determine Lockett’s short-term future in Sacramento, which could land him in Reno with the Kings’ new NBA D-League single affiliate this upcoming season.
According to Barlowe’s video breakdown (above), noted areas of development for Lockett include ball handling, three point shooting, and finishing around the rim. Barlowe also likes the idea of Lockett adding a floater to his repertoire. If Lockett were to improve in these areas, perhaps as a member of the Reno Bighorns this upcoming season, the 22-year-old could possibly add his name to the shooting guard depth chart discussion in Sactown.
At NBA Summer League, Lockett averaged 7.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 5 games with Sacramento. Obviously, Lockett’s numbers fail to leap off the page, but as Cowbell Kingdom’s Johnathan Santiago explored, Lockett’s potential role in the NBA could be as a defender and three point shooter, similar to Thabo Sefolosha. On the defensive side of the ball, the Kings could use the help, last season the team finished second to last (29th) in defensive rating per basketball-reference.com.
With the new one-to-one relationship between Sacramento and Reno, and should Lockett end up missing out on a final roster spot, Reno could be a perfect fit for Lockett’s development. Newly appointed head coach Joel Abelson, and his staff could work closely with Kings management and assist in the process. If patient, the end result could be Lockett developing into a solid piece for the Kings.