Ty Lawson Will Turn His Career Around With The Sacramento Kings

Ty Lawson has been a polarizing name in the NBA over the past couple of seasons. He was once considered to be a top point guard in the league but after multiple off-the-court problems has now become a point guard that had to wait until late August to sign a one-year deal with a needy team.

That being said, the Sacramento Kings are exactly the fit that could help Lawson turn his career around.

Last season, Lawson started the year off slow with the Houston Rockets. Many thought that he would help make the Rockets a serious contender in the Western Conference, but obviously that didn’t end up happening. Instead, the Rockets ended up releasing Lawson in the middle of the season.

Larry Bird and the Pacers had a need and signed Lawson for a deal that covered the remainder of the season, as ESPN reported.

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During the 2015-16 season split between the Rockets and Pacers, Lawson ended up averaging 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game. He shot just 39.3 percent from the field overall and knocked down 33.3 percent from the three-point line.

At 28 years old, Lawson’s career is on life support. He will not start to open the 2016-17 season, but will see a good amount of playing time coming off the bench behind Darren Collison. Lawson could very well overtake Collison for the starting job if he plays his cards right.

What makes the Kings one of the best landing spots that Lawson could possibly have found?

First of all, Dave Joerger is the type of head coach that Lawson has needed. He has a point guard friendly offense that will allow Lawson to be aggressive from a scoring perspective while still thriving in the pick-and-roll offense. Lawson was a lethal scorer and passer during the prime of his career with the Denver Nuggets and will try to get back to that level this season.

Lawson will also thrive having a superstar big man like DeMarcus Cousins to play with. He is crafty with getting big men open for easy shots inside and there are very few big men with the physical presence that Cousins possesses in the NBA.

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Sacramento doesn’t have anything to lose and there will not be a lot of scrutiny surrounding Lawson. He will not have the media breathing down his neck waiting for him to make a mistake on or off the court. That kind of pressure can mess with anyone’s game.

It will be interesting to see what ends up happening this season for Lawson. He may end up falling on his face once again and ruining what could very well be his final shot in the NBA. On the other hand, he might just surprise the league and become a legitimate starting caliber point guard once again.

There is no telling what will happen this season for Lawson. He is still under pressure to produce numbers in order to prove that he is still deserving of a contract.


Hopefully, Lawson will be able to get his career on track and get past the DUI issues that he has faced over the past couple of years. If he buys into Joerger’s system, there is no question that Lawson can be successful. He showed flashes of his former selft in Indiana last season, but it’s obvious that he still has a lot of work to do to get back to that point.

Expect to see Lawson revitalize his career with the Kings this season. He may never become a double-double threat each and every night again, but he will be a solid role player. Sacramento is taking a risk, but it will pay off for them in a big way.

Do you think Ty Lawson will get his career back on track this season with the Sacramento Kings? Will he ever get back to being a top point guard again? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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