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Sacramento’s Hidden Gem: Domantas Sabonis

Kings’ Power Forward Recorded His 54th Consecutive Double-Double Game

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One of the most unheralded players in professional basketball has been making NBA news and is having a historic season but few are talking about it. Sacramento Kings forward, Domantas Sabonis, recently became only the fifth player in league history with at least 25 triple-doubles in a season, and people outside of Sacramento are finally taking notice.

 

Sacramento’s Hidden Gem: Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings - Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

 

Making History

Domantas Sabonis has been suiting up for NBA games since being chosen 11th overall out of Gonzaga in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He, Ersan İlyasova, and Victor Oladipo were immediately dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade that yielded the Magic Serge Ibaka.

But now Sabonis is a three-time All-Star with Sacramento and NBA rumors began percolating in the offseason that the Kings were eager to rip up the final year on his deal for $19.4 million and turn that into a long-term extension. Therefore, it came as no surprise when the 6’10” Lithuanian power forward signed a five-year, $217 million deal to stay in Sacramento.

 

It has proven to be an excellent deal for both parties as Sabonis recently registered his 54th straight game with a double-double, breaking Kevin Love’s record since the 1976-77 NBA/ABA merger. Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time, premerger record with 227 consecutive double-doubles.

 

In a league where big men like Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo dominate both the paint and the headlines, Domantas Sabonis toils in relative obscurity to the casual fan who is unaware of how dominant he has become. Teams are beginning to circle the Kings on their NBA schedule as they are no longer a laughing stock. Sacramento is 12 games above .500 and a playoff contender.

 

Stats Don’t Lie

The 27-year-old Sabonis leads the league in triple-doubles (24), double-doubles (67), and rebounds (13.7 per game) and is averaging 19.7 points per game this year. And as the season winds down and the playoffs loom, Sabonis is finally getting the national press to sit up and take notice.

TNT broadcaster, Michael Grady, said before Tuesday night’s nationally televised clash between the Mavericks and the Kings that this was the perfect platform for Sabonis to show America how truly talented he is.

Even from a Kings’ fan perspective, you totally feel like Domas should have been in the All-Star game, totally feel like he should be getting more attention for the things he’s accomplishing this year,” Michael Grady said Tuesday. “I think tonight is a great opportunity, on this stage, in a massive game…another strong performance from Domantas Sabonis, on this platform, would go a long way in, at least, getting people to understand how difficult it is to do what he is able to do, night in night out.

Unfortunately, the Mavericks defeated the Kings, 132-96, but Sabonis kept his double-double streak alive with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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