New Orleans Pelicans
current status: Off season
G | 6'6", 207 lbs. | New Orleans
Birth Date:December 12, 1979 (34 years old) Place of Birth:Philadelphia, PA From:Miami (Fla.)
Drafted:Drafted by San Antonio in 2002 (1/26).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
Drafted:Drafted by San Antonio in 2002 (1/26).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
|Assets:||An above-average all-round player who does a nice job setting up his teammates and defending. Long of limb, athletic, and very versatile (capable of starting at small forward and both guard spots). A solid passer who takes care of the ball. Usually hits his free throws.|
|Flaws:||Has never been the rebounder he could be. Has seen his shooting percentage drop off significantly with age, and has become fairly inconsistent overall (in part because he's prone to injuries). Has become more of a role player with age.|
|Career Potential:||Streaky but above-average swingman (when healthy).|
Movements & Injuries
|7/15/2014||Signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Pelicans to a one-year contract.|
|7/10/2014||Waived by the Atlanta Hawks.|
|6/30/2014||Acquired from the Toronto Raptors.|
|1/20/2014||Missed 1 game (back spasms).|
|1/19/2014||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|12/09/2013||Acquired from the Sacramento Kings.|
|2/01/2013||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|11/09/2012||Missed 5 games (right hip injury).|
|10/31/2012||Right hip injury, day-to-day.|
|4/26/2012||Missed the last 17 regular season games (hip injury).|
|3/28/2012||Hip injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/28/2012||Missed 2 games (hip injury).|
|2/21/2012||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|1/23/2012||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|6/23/2011||Acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks.|
|2/02/2011||Missed 8 games (hip injury).|
|1/19/2011||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|12/18/2010||Missed 1 game (back spasms).|
|12/15/2010||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|7/02/2010||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Milwaukee Bucks to a five-year contract.|
|2/18/2010||Acquired from the Chicago Bulls.|
|1/22/2010||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|4/04/2009||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|2/22/2009||Missed 2 games (back injury).|
|2/20/2009||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|2/18/2009||Acquired from the Sacramento Kings.|
|12/06/2008||Missed 1 game (thigh injury).|
|12/02/2008||Thigh injury, day-to-day.|
|3/18/2008||Missed 1 game (sprained ankle).|
|3/16/2008||Sprained ankle, day-to-day.|
|11/22/2006||Missed 3 games (right quad).|
|11/16/2006||Right quad, day-to-day.|
|7/24/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Sacramento Kings to a five-year contract.|
|3/02/2005||Missed 6 games (bronchitis).|
|2/14/2005||Bronchitis, injured list.|
|12/27/2004||Missed 3 games (bronchitis).|
|11/12/2004||Missed 5 games (groin).|
|11/01/2004||Groin, injured list.|
|10/28/2004||Philadelphia 76ers exercised their 2005-06 contract option.|
|3/20/2004||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|1/12/2003||Missed 2 games (hip injury).|
|1/08/2003||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|7/12/2002||Signed by the Philadelphia 76ers to a three-year contract.|
|7/15/2014||Signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Pelicans.|
|6/30/2014||Atlanta Hawks traded Louis Williams and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira to the Toronto Raptors for John Salmons and a 2015 second-round draft pick.|
|12/09/2013||Toronto Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to the Sacramento Kings for John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.|
|6/23/2011||In a three-way trade: Milwaukee Bucks traded Corey Maggette to the Charlotte Hornets and the rights to Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons to the Sacramento Kings. Charlotte Hornets traded Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the rights to Tobias Harris to the Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings traded the rights to Bismack Biyombo to the Charlotte Hornets and Beno Udrih to the Milwaukee Bucks.|
|2/18/2010||Milwaukee Bucks traded Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander to the Chicago Bulls for John Salmons and a second-round draft pick in 2011 and 2012 .|
|2/18/2009||Chicago Bulls traded Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons.|
|7/24/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Sacramento Kings.|
|6/26/2002||Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round (26th overall) in 2002 and then traded with Mark Bryant and Randy Holcomb to the Philadelphia 76ers for Speedy Claxton.|
Jhn Salmons to sign with NOP | 07/14/2014 4:21 PM
NewsJohn Salmons will sign with the Pelicans.
Marc Stein on Twitter
ImpactIt's fitting that the Pelicans can swoop up Salmons, but he's not expected to see major minutes. The Raptors had a roster bonus on Salmons, so it was more a matter out money that they cut him .
Hawks to officially waive John Salmons Thurs | 07/10/2014 11:08 AM
NewsThe Atlanta Hawks will officially waive John Salmons on Thursday.
Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
ImpactThe Hawks had been waiting for the free agency period to officially start before waiving the newly-acquired Salmons. Now that the free agency period has officially begun, the Hawks will quickly cut ties with Salmons and buy out his $1 million contract.
Hawks won't release Salmons on Monday | 06/30/2014 10:01 PM
NewsThe Hawks won't be releasing John Salmons on Monday before the free agent period starts.
Shams Charania on Twitter
ImpactThe plan is to extend the deadline between the two sides to July 10, and this may be among the most uneventful news of the night.
John Salmons sent to ATL, will be bought out | 06/29/2014 8:47 PM
NewsJohn Salmons was traded to the Hawks on Sunday, though Atlanta is expected to quickly buy out his contract for $1 million.
ImpactThe deal is all about saving salary-cap space for the Hawks, and Salmons will soon enter the pool of unrestricted free agents. The 34-year-old swingman made 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers last season but shot just 36.3 percent overall, and fantasy owners should shun him in all but the deepest formats.
John Salmons in a deal to the Grizzlies? | 06/26/2014 4:24 PM
NewsJohn Salmons could be traded to the Grizzlies in a deal for Tayshaun Prince.
ImpactThe Raptors would also get the 22nd pick in the deal, which would be a big win for the Raptors despite taking on Prince's $7.7 million next year. Salmons has a roster bonus coming on July 1, so he'll be waived by the Raptors if they don't ship him out of town. He wouldn't have fantasy value with the Grizzlies at full strength.
John Salmons likely to be waived | 06/25/2014 7:47 PM
NewsJohn Salmons will likely waived by the Raptors if he's still on the roster on June 30.
Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
ImpactThe Raptors would pay $1 million and save $6 million with Salmons on the roster during July. He wasn't much of a factor for the Raptors since they acquired him in the Rudy Gay deal, averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 boards and 1.7 assists in 60 games with the Raptors.
John Salmons gets 34 minutes vs. Wizards | 02/27/2014 11:35 PM
NewsJohn Salmons played 34 minutes against the Wizards during Thursday's 134-129 triple-overtime loss with seven points, five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer.
ImpactTerrence Ross (ankle) went down with an ankle sprain in the first half and it allowed Salmons to start the second half. His numbers haven't really taken off with the Raptors and is shooting just 36.7 percent from the field on the season. He's only worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
John Salmons (back) will play Tuesday | 02/25/2014 6:19 PM
NewsJohn Salmons will play on Tuesday despite a sore lower back.
Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
ImpactHe was limited during shootaround but feels well enough to suit up as Toronto goes for their seventh win in the past eight games. Salmons hasn't scored double-digit points since Feb. 3 and there's no reason to trust him outside of the deepest leagues.
Salmons scores 13 points with four assists | 02/04/2014 2:49 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday.
ImpactSalmons will use some sort of Jedi mind trick to convince a coach to play him, which he has done yet again in Toronto, and then he'll put up a few lines like this before shrinking back into the shadows. He had 11 points and nine assists on Friday and he's worth a look in deeper leagues while he's hot.
John Salmons dishes out nine dimes vs. Nugs | 02/01/2014 1:43 AM
NewsJohn Salmons handed out a season-high nine assists against the Nuggets on Friday with 11 points, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
ImpactIt was one of his better lines of the season, which is a bit of a surprise since he couldn't get much going while DeMar DeRozan was out. He should be able to hit a triple per game with some other stats, but he's not worth owning in most leagues while the Raptors are at full strength.
John Salmons or Novak expected to start | 01/27/2014 6:21 PM
NewsJohn Salmons or Steve Novak are expected to start in place of DeMar DeRozan (foot, ankle) on Monday.
ImpactSalmons would make the most sense, but coach Dwane Casey may want to keep his second unit together. Terrence Ross should see plenty of minutes tonight while Greivis Vasquez is also in the mix to gain value.
John Salmons' minutes don't increase much | 01/25/2014 10:30 PM
NewsJohn Salmons played a little down the stretch of Saturday's 126-118 loss to the Clippers, scoring two points with one assist and one steal in 19 minutes.
ImpactHe was playing for much of the fourth quarter, but checked out with a little over two minutes left in the period. Salmons' shot wasn't falling and he might have a chance to get more minutes with DeRozan out. He's only worth a speculative add in deeper formats.
John Salmons quiet in return from injury | 01/20/2014 7:15 PM
NewsJohn Salmons was quiet in his return from back spasms on Monday with no points, one board, two assists and one block in 17 minutes.
ImpactHe was in the lineup down the stretch of this game, but he certainly did not look like he was all the way back. It was a mild surprise to see him back in the lineup and hopefully he'll be closer to 100 percent on Wednesday. Salmons is firmly in the rotation and a big part of the second unit, but only has value in deeper leagues.
John Salmons (back) active on MLK Day | 01/20/2014 1:18 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (back) is in the Raptors' active lineup on Monday.
Raptors Media Relations on Twitter
ImpactHe was a game-time decision and looked to still be in pain during pre-game warmups, but the veteran swingman will suit up as the Raptors try to get back on track following a disappointing home loss to the Lakers.
John Salmons (back spasms) out on Sunday | 01/19/2014 12:29 PM
NewsJohn Salmons will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.
Paul Jones on Twitter
ImpactThis should mean more minutes for Terrence Ross, and Landry Fields could pick up some of the backup minutes.
John Salmons (back) game-time on Sunday | 01/18/2014 1:22 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (back spasms) went through Saturday's practice and will be a game-time decision vs. the Lakers on Sunday.
Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
ImpactTo see him practicing the day after he injured his back is very encouraging, but we won't get the final word until at least Sunday's shootaround. Landry Fields may pick up a few extra minutes if Salmons isn't able to go.
John Salmons leaves Friday w/ back spasms | 01/18/2014 10:33 AM
NewsJohn Salmons didn't return to Friday's game after experiencing back spasms in the first half.
ImpactHe finished with just two points in 10 minutes of action and it's unclear whether he'll recover in time to face the Lakers on Sunday. His deep-league owners should note that Sunday's game tips off at 1pm ET.
Salmons (back) plays 10 minutes on Friday | 01/17/2014 10:40 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (back) played 10 minutes on Friday, scoring two points with three assists on 1-of-2 shooting.
ImpactSalmons had been overachieving for a little bit there but this should keep eager owners from overreaching.
John Salmons out for game w/ back spasms | 01/17/2014 8:20 PM
NewsJohn Salmons is dealing with back spasms on Friday and will not return.
Raptors on Twitter
ImpactThe Raptors have been getting some solid production out of Salmons with 12 points per game over his previous three games. With Salmons out, the Raptors will use Terrence Ross and Landry Fields a little more in their rotation.
John Salmons quietly becoming relevant | 01/15/2014 11:47 PM
NewsJohn Salmons hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and a block off the bench on Wednesday.
ImpactHe played 27 minutes, while starter Terrence Ross played 25 and had eight points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers. Salmons has hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and is averaging 12 points, 1.75 steals and 2.5 3-pointers over that stretch. Ross is still the guy to own for now, but Salmons deserves a watchful eye from fantasy owners in case he continues to stay hot off the bench.
Salmons scores 10 points with balanced line | 01/13/2014 11:07 PM
NewsJohn Salmons scored 10 points off the bench in Friday's blowout win, hitting 3-of-5 shots (including two threes) with four rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes.
ImpactSalmons has picked up the pace over the last week and if you were able to randomly predict his uptick he'd be useful in a 12-team standard league, but when you expand his sample to a two-week period he's been a 16-team option in standard leagues at best. Plan accordingly.
John Salmons scores 13 points off bench | 01/11/2014 10:59 PM
NewsJohn Salmons made all five of his shots from the field for 13 points with two boards, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
ImpactHis minutes have been hovering around 25 per game with his new team and tonight was his best offensive output with perfect shooting and his second-lowest points total. Salmons' role with the team is what it is, so he's not really a strong pickup in leagues in which he's available.
Salmons hits three treys off the bench | 12/28/2013 12:01 AM
NewsJohn Salmons hit three triples off the bench on Friday, scoring 11 points altogether on 4-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.
ImpactSalmons is worth a look in 12-team, 9-cat leagues where his 0.7 turnovers per game over the past two weeks has made him a top-125 play, but beyond that there isn't much upside for him right now. Just keep one eye on him to see if he can improve his 37.8 percent shooting over that same span.
John Salmons scores 14 points in 31 minutes | 12/22/2013 10:01 PM
NewsRaptors coach Dwane Casey stuck with John Salmons down the stretch in Sunday's tough win in OKC, and Salmons finished with 14 points, three boards, two assists and two steals.
ImpactHe knocked down one 3-pointer in 31 minutes and would be worth owning if he routinely saw this much playing time, but that's far from guaranteed. Before you think about picking him up, note that he's shooting just 35.2 percent from the field in 22 games with the Kings and Raptors this season.
John Salmons plays 20 minutes off bench | 12/13/2013 10:11 PM
NewsJohn Salmons made his Raptors debut on Friday and hit 1-of-3 shots for three points, two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.
ImpactNot great, and given how well Terrence Ross and DeMar DeRozan played tonight, it's hard to see Salmons doing much of anything in Toronto this season.
Salmons traded to Raptors in Rudy Gay deal | 12/08/2013 7:40 PM
NewsJohn Salmons was traded to Toronto as part of Sunday's blockbuster deal sending Rudy Gay to Sacramento.
ImpactSalmons was a throw-in to make the salaries match, and Toronto's primary interest in him is probably the fact that his $7 million salary next season is only $1 million guaranteed. He's unlikely to surface as a reliable fantasy option with the Raptors, who already have Landry Fields, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Steve Novak on the wings.
Salmons hits three treys in loss | 12/07/2013 4:15 AM
NewsJohn Salmons hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in Friday's loss, and also added four rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes off the bench.
ImpactSalmons has made some noise lately but we need to see a bit more to consider any attention in standard formats. If you're in a deeper league and want to give him a look be our guests. Just don't expect a lot in return.
Salmons scores season-high 14 points | 11/30/2013 5:12 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored a season-high 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting with two threes, three boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday.
ImpactSalmons gets a ton of criticism locally -- probably more than he deserves -- but he's just not cut out for the small forward position and this type of line will be the exception rather than the rule.
John Salmons plays 34 minutes off bench | 11/17/2013 8:49 PM
NewsJohn Salmons came off the Kings' bench on Sunday but wound up scoring 10 points with five assists and one steal in a team-high 34 minutes.
ImpactSacramento's rotations were all over the place tonight, thanks to Mike Malone's lineup tweaks, a 20-point third-quarter deficit, and a spirited performance from the Kings' bench crew. Salmons is extremely inconsistent and he came into this game shooting 30.0 percent from the field, two sterling reasons to avoid him in average fantasy formats.
John Salmons coming off bench Sunday | 11/17/2013 6:27 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, John Salmons is coming off the bench in Sunday's game.
ImpactHe checked in during the first quarter. There was a report that he was a healthy scratch, but he will get some extra time with the second unit. Salmons' minutes are trending down, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
John Salmons finally comes through for Kings | 11/06/2013 1:49 AM
NewsJohn Salmons easily had his best game of the season on Tuesday with 13 points, four rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer, hitting 5-of-11 shots in another start at small forward.
ImpactWe need to see Salmons do this again before telling you to pick him up, but his solid line tonight means that it's time to put him on your watch list.
John Salmons scores 14 in Kings win | 10/24/2013 1:37 AM
NewsJohn Salmons started at small forward and hit 5-of-8 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's preseason win.
ImpactThis was his best game of the preseason and he should have some late-round value as long as he hangs onto the starting job.
Kings decline to use amnesty on John Salmons | 07/17/2013 5:19 PM
NewsThe Kings declined to use their amnesty provision on John Salmons.
ImpactSalmons and his $7.6 million salary were still on the Kings' roster after Tuesday's deadline passed. However, he's unlikely to have the same role next season after the Kings traded for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during free agency. While Mbah a Moute isn't exactly an offensive dynamo, he'll definitely cut into Salmons' minutes as the duo will likely form some sort of platoon at small forward.
John Salmons scores 22 points vs. NO | 04/11/2013 1:07 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored 22 points with three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in Wednesday's win over the Hornets.
ImpactSalmons was on fire from beyond the arc in February, making 49.0 percent from that range, but he's fallen off severely since then. He shot 34.3 percent from the field in March and he scored just five points combined in his previous three April games. Salmons can be left on the wire in most formats.
John Salmons hits 0-of-4 FGs in 39 minutes | 04/04/2013 12:52 AM
NewsJohn Salmons shot 0-of-4 from the field and went scoreless in 39 minutes on Wednesday, as the Kings fell to the visiting Rockets.
ImpactHe did have five assists vs. zero turnovers, but that's small recompense for his infinite lack of scoring. Games like this should not surprise anyone in Week 23.
John Salmons scores 18 points on 7-of-12 FGs | 03/24/2013 12:43 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored 18 points in Saturday's road loss in Denver, making 7-of-12 shots with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one block.
ImpactSalmons averaged 4.0 points during a five-game span in mid-March, which makes it hard to appreciate his decent play in the past week. Keith Smart has an inexplicable affinity for Salmons, who averages more minutes (30) than everyone but Tyreke and DeMarcus, but fantasy owners should stock up on Dramamine before picking him up.
John Salmons awful in road loss to Lakers | 03/18/2013 12:08 AM
NewsJohn Salmons had three points and five assists in Sunday's road loss, marking his fifth straight game in single-digits.
ImpactSalmons' PER rating this season is 10.9, which ranks him just ahead of Gary Neal, Michael Beasley and Marvin Williams. He's still playing 30+ minutes as the Kings' starting SF, though, and Keith Smart shows no signs of changing course.
Salmons struggles again on Friday | 03/09/2013 3:41 AM
NewsJohn Salmons struggled again on Friday, hitting just 1-of-5 shots for two points, three rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes.
ImpactSalmons went on a tear setting the stage for a very predictable regression. In a 12-14 team format, owners can do better.
John Salmons quiet in 38 minutes | 03/07/2013 1:50 AM
NewsUnlike teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, Salmons got plenty of playing time tonight, but just couldn't get anything going, hitting 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, three boards and four assists.
ImpactThis is not the line his owners were looking for, but it's hard to argue with all the minutes and opportunity he got tonight. He's had some big games recently, and as long as the minutes stay consistent, he will have more big nights going forward. But the reality is, that regardless of the minutes he gets, he's simply an inconsistent performer.
John Salmons scores 11 in loss to Nuggets | 03/06/2013 12:55 AM
NewsJohn Salmons hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss.
ImpactSalmons went on a recent tear when he scored 18, 15 and 21 points in three straight games, but has now gone for 3, 22 and 11 in his three games since. As long as he's starting he's worth a look in all leagues, but owners have to prepare themselves mentally for the inconsistency that will come with owning him.
John Salmons' 22 pts lead Kings to victory | 03/03/2013 10:13 PM
NewsJohn Salmons made 6-of-13 field goals, including five 3-pointers, and he finished Sunday's victory with a team-high 22 points in 30 minutes.
ImpactThe Kings fans were so riled up tonight that they gave Salmons a standing ovation when he checked out of the game in the fourth quarter. He was 5-of-5 from the FT line, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals, but it's impossible to guess when he'll explode and when he'll fizzle. He was coming off a game with three points and one rebound, but with four games next week he should still average low-end value.
Salmons hits 1-of-7 shots in blowout loss | 03/02/2013 2:30 AM
NewsJohn Salmons hit just 1-of-7 shots in Friday's blowout loss to the Spurs, scoring three points with one rebound, one assist, and two steals in 21 minutes.
ImpactSalmons was hitting shots at an unsustainable rate and tonight was the market correction. It makes absolutely zero sense that Salmons is getting minutes on a team needing development, so owners may actually want to bank on him getting sustained playing time in the backwards world of Maloof Sports and Entertainment.
John Salmons stays hot in easy win | 02/28/2013 12:03 AM
NewsJohn Salmons hit 7-of-9 shots and four more 3-pointers for 21 points and five assists as the Kings blew out the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday.
ImpactSalmons is officially hot, scoring 18, 15 and 21 points in each of his last three games with plenty of rebounds, assists and blocks, and hitting 13 3-pointers over that stretch. He was quoted recently complaining about his role, but we don't see anything for him to complain about after these three games. He's worth a pickup now that he's so hot, and as long as he's starting, there's no reason he can't keep this going.
John Salmons not happy with role on Kings | 02/27/2013 12:39 PM
NewsJohn Salmons is not currently happy with his role on the Kings.
Chris Tomasson on Sulia
ImpactIt seems like a pretty odd time to complain about his role. "No, it's not cool,'' he said. "But I'm just trying to help the team win. I'm not going to be a distraction or complain about it." Keith Smart can't be happy with his veteran's comments on a team that sorely needs leadership.
John Salmons scores 15 in loss to Heat | 02/27/2013 12:20 AM
NewsJohn Salmons had 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 50 minutes of Tuesday's double-OT loss to the Heat.
ImpactSalmons is officially hot after going for 18 points and six 3-pointers on Sunday, and with Francisco Garcia now out of the way, Salmons might be a nice pickup for the remainder of the season.
John Salmons sinks career-high six 3-pointers | 02/24/2013 10:08 PM
NewsJohn Salmons drained a career-high six 3-pointers on his way to 18 points in Sunday's loss in New Orleans.
ImpactHe added three rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes of action, his highest playing time in over a month. The Kings have now lost five straight games, during which they're allowing an unholy 113.4 points per game, and Keith Smart said after Friday's game that Sacramento would have won "if we even gave half of a defensive effort." DeMarcus Cousins also chimed in, turning conventional basketball wisdom on its head by saying, "I do believe our offense carries our defense." No matter how you parse it, the Kings have the 5th-worst record in the league.
John Salmons hangs 23 on Rockets Sunday | 02/11/2013 1:27 AM
NewsJohn Salmons shot 6-of-14 from the field and made all seven free throws in a win over the Rockets, scoring 23 points with one rebound, six assists, two steals and four 3-pointers on Sunday.
ImpactHe hit a huge corner triple which put the Kings up for good and his defense has been improved over the past few games. Salmons is a little too inconsistent for standard leagues even though he's played 30.0 minutes per game in his last five contests.
Salmons (illness) returns on Friday | 02/01/2013 11:26 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (illness) returned to action on Friday, scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 33 minutes.
ImpactIt totally makes sense for a bottom-barrel team facing relocation threats to play the ineffective 33-year old Salmons at the expense of younger talent. And by 'makes sense' we mean an apparent attempt to drive Kings fans further into depression.
John Salmons is expected to return Friday | 02/01/2013 1:07 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (illness) anticipates playing on Friday against the Celtics.
Jason Jones on Twitter
ImpactSalmons practiced on Thursday and is feeling well enough to return on Friday. He should be back in there against Boston.
John Salmons rejoins practice on Thursday | 01/31/2013 4:27 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (illness) practiced Thursday and will be re-evaluated Friday.
Jason Jones on Twitter
ImpactSalmons missed Wednesday's game against the Celtics with the stomach flu, but appears to be on track to return Friday. Assuming the bug doesn't make a comeback overnight, we expect he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow. Owners will want to check back tomorrow just to make sure.
John Salmons won't play Wednesday vs. BOS | 01/30/2013 7:20 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (illness) won't play Wednesday night against the Celtics.
Sean Cunningham on Twitter
ImpactSalmons tried to play Monday with the flu but ended up having to leave the game. The Kings play again Friday, so we'll just have to wait and see if he's feeling better then. Francisco Garcia and Marcus Thornton will likely pick up Salmons' minutes Wednesday night.
John Salmons game-time call on Wednesday | 01/30/2013 1:50 PM
NewsJohn Salmons did not participate in shootaround due to an illness is a game-time call on Wednesday.
Jason Jones on Twitter
ImpactSalmons left Monday's game with the illness, so he must have a bad case of something. Francisco Garcia and Marcus Thornton should pick up any minutes from Salmons if he's unable to go.
John Salmons will not return to game | 01/28/2013 8:55 PM
NewsJohn Salmons (illness) will not return to Monday's game against the Wizards.
Jason Jones on Twitter
ImpactThere were reports of Salmons not playing and in hindsight it would appear he shouldn't have gone out there. He played just four minutes and he'll probably be feeling better for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
John Salmons out Monday w/ illness | 01/28/2013 7:01 PM
NewsJohn Salmons will not play on Monday due to a virus.
Gary Gerould on Twitter
ImpactMarcus Thornton or Francisco Garcia will replace him in the starting lineup and with any luck this will give Thornton the spark he's been lacking, with January averages of just 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 17 minutes per game.
John Salmons awful again in loss to Hornets | 01/21/2013 5:18 PM
NewsJohn Salmons scored five points in 29 minutes on Monday, shooting 1-of-4 from the field with four assists and one steal.
ImpactHe's still getting heavy minutes, but he's now averaging just 5.0 points in his past three games. According to Synergy Sports data, Salmons accounts for a heavy portion of the Kings' isolation and spot-up opportunities this season, but he's noticeably absent in pick-and-rolls, cuts, and in transition -- there are better options on most waiver wires.
John Salmons awful quiet in Saturday's win | 01/19/2013 11:20 PM
NewsJohn Salmons started at SF but finished Saturday's game with just four points, one assist and three turnovers in 26 minutes of action.
ImpactThis highlights the peril of relying on Salmons in fantasy leagues, and his production has nowhere to go but down now that guys like Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton are finally healthy. He's been a late-middle round option while playing over 30 minutes per game for the past month, but his streak could be slowing to a halt.
Salmons scores six points vs. Grizzlies | 01/19/2013 1:39 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks on Friday against the Grizzlies.
ImpactSalmons logged 31 minutes and for some reason is the second or third ball-handler in this offense, behind Tyreke Evans and sometimes behind DeMarcus Cousins. This puts him in a prime position to put up numbers like he had on Wednesday (21 points), but his consistency is a total mess because more Salmons usually means less production from the Kings in general.
John Salmons scores 21 points in start | 01/17/2013 2:34 AM
NewsJohn Salmons started again at small forward on Wednesday and went off for 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
ImpactSalmons had a zero-point dud on Saturday, but has scored in double figures six of his past seven games. And despite the return of Tyreke Evans, who is playing very well, Salmons may just stay relevant in fantasy. He's averaging 12.6 points, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five, meaning he's still worth owning in many leagues.
Salmons scores 17 points on 7-of-12 FGs | 01/08/2013 3:44 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with zero rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 30 minutes on Monday against the Grizzlies.
ImpactCongratulations if you were able to milk the recent value out of Salmons, but with Marcus Thornton returning soon and a poor man's Scott Skiles running things -- owners should be very skeptical about his long-term value.
Salmons scores 20 points against TOR | 01/05/2013 2:16 AM
NewsJohn Salmons scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 35 minutes on Friday.
ImpactSalmons chilled out a bit on the ball-stopping that has characterized his tenure as the Kings' currently appointed point guard, putting him about halfway from where he was to where he needs to be as an effective offensive player. With Tyreke Evans targeting Monday for a return, his blend of low-end numbers is likely to take a hit real soon.
John Salmons scores 10 with six assists | 01/01/2013 11:29 PM
NewsJohn Salmons made another start in place of injured Tyreke Evans (knee) and had 10 points, six assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 shooting Tuesday.
ImpactSalmons is averaging 15 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2,0 3-pointers over his last five games, and is worth a pickup for as long as Evans remains out with his balky knee.
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Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Playoff Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Minutes||35.2||at LAC||Nov 23||50|
|FG Made||6||vs. LAC||Nov 29||9|
|FG Attempts||12||2 times-last:at Okl||last:Dec 22||15|
|3Pts Made||3||7 times-last:at Mil||last:Apr 5||6|
|3Pts Attempts||7||at NY||Dec 27||10|
|FT Made||4||2 times-last:vs. Hou||last:Apr 2||7|
|FT Attempts||4||4 times-last:vs. Mil||last:Apr 14||8|
|Total Rebounds||6||2 times-last:vs. Cha||last:Dec 18||8|
|Offensive Rebounds||2||2 times-last:at Mia||last:Jan 5||2|
|Defensive Rebounds||6||vs. Cha||Dec 18||7|
|Assists||9||at Den||Jan 31||11|
|Steals||3||vs. Bro||Jan 11||2|
|Blocks||2||vs. Atl||Nov 5||3|
|Turnovers||3||2 times-last:at Okl||last:Dec 22||4|
|Points||14||2 times-last:at Okl||last:Dec 22||23|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Games Started||74||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|FG Made||516||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|FG Attempts||1093||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|3Pts Made||126||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|3Pts Attempts||309||2009-10 (Chi/Mil)|
|3Pt %||.417||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|FT Made||288||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|FT Attempts||347||2008-09 (Sac/Chi)|
|Total Rebounds||349||2007-08 (Sac)|
|Total Rebounds/Game||4.3||2007-08 (Sac)|