Domantas Sabonis: Rising NBA Star
It has been quite some time since Domantas Sabonis, the talented insider for the Sacramento Kings, shed the “son of” label and emerged as a true NBA star. While his legendary lineage cannot be ignored, Sabonis has proven himself on the court, both in Indiana and now with the Sacramento Kings. He is a complete player, a foundation to build upon, and he continues to climb the ranks, reaching statistical heights only matched by the current dominant force, Nikola Jokic.
It is not unreasonable to draw a comparison between Sabonis and the interior player developed on the Costa del Sol. While Sabonis may be more athletic and possess less raw talent, he is complete in every sense of the word. And his recent exhibition on the court proves it. Sabonis dominated the Lakers at Crypto.com, scoring 29 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, dishing out 7 assists, and recording 3 steals. He shot an impressive 68% from the field, 100% from three-point range, and made all his free throws. Such performances are only matched by Jokic.
“He’s closer to being Draymond Green…”
Although the comparison between Sabonis and other big men in the league has always been different. “He’s closer to Draymond Green than other big men in the league. How he can play away from the basket, defend, and finish with finesse,” said his coach, Mike Brown, last March. The Kings, with their entertaining style of play, fell in a seventh game against the Warriors but have started the new campaign with a positive record of 6-4.
“Sabonis has put last season’s loss to the Warriors behind us and motivates us to improve. I appreciate that,” said ‘Domas’ about Brown’s motivation for the new campaign. The coach continues to fine-tune his team, building around the Lithuanian star and his talented point guard, De’Aaron Fox. Their understanding and synergy on the court generate scoring opportunities through pick-and-roll plays or individual brilliance.
“Sabonis has put last season’s loss to the Warriors behind us and motivates us to improve. I appreciate that.”
For now, Sabonis finds himself in the same league as Jokic and other NBA superstars. He has transcended being just the son of Arvydas and has solidified his status as a rising star. The jump to stardom happened a while ago, and now he continues to prove that he is truly exceptional.