The Kings lost a rough game to the Nets, but found a new frontcourt talent Friday night.
His name is Darnell Jackson and it might be a mirage, but he did everything I've been waiting three years for Jason Thompson to do.
He caught the ball with soft hands (his finish on a break was a revelation)
He banged down low.
He made shots.
Final tally in the loss to the Nets: 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal in 22 minutes.
Was he a flash in the pan?
I don't think so. He looks fundamentally strong, unlike Thompson, who perpetually hacks opponents, takes bad shots, and looks like he leads his life off-balance. Sometimes I wonder if he stumbles on the way to the bathroom in the morning.
Anyway, let's hope Jackson is the real deal. A solid rotation guy who can help on offense and defense.