Will Skal Labissiere’s Chance Ever Come? – Beckett Pricing Insider

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The Skal Labissiere situation in Sacramento is a curious one. One of the top prep recruits in the 2015 class, he was considered a potential No. 1 overall pick for the 2016 NBA Draft.

After a fairly uneventful one-and-done season at Kentucky, his pro stock fell dramatically. Taken with the 28th pick of the first round, Labissiere landed in Sacramento via a draft day trade.

2016-17 Panini National Treasures Skal Labissiere

Labissiere showed promise late in his rookie year. In a mid-March road victory against Phoenix, he scored a career-high 32 points. It was a performance that put him on the hobby radar. Around the time of his 25-point effort against Houston on April 9, Labissiere card prices were gaining steam, particularly his 2016-17 Panini Prizm parallels.

2016-17 Panini Prizm Blue Wave Skal Labissiere

However, his sophomore campaign was a definite disappointment, with his card values reflecting his lack of on the court success.

Coming into this season, Labissiere’s career showed signs of hope. Determined to earn playing time in a crowded Kings front court, he showed up for training camp visibly bigger and stronger, physically transformed from a successful summer fitness regimen. Despite this renewed commitment, his playing time so far this season has been paltry. The Kings seem to favor teammates Nemanja Bjelica, Harry Giles and rookie Marvin Bagley.

Perhaps an opportunity in Sacramento just isn’t going to happen, but at just 22-years old, there is still time to salvage his career. Collectors may want to tuck away Labissiere cards for the moment in hopes he can eventually land in a better situation.

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Steve Dalton

Steven enjoys his job tracking and reporting on the basketball card market for Beckett Media. His other interests include comic book speculation and investing, kaiju movies and collectibles, and UK basketball.

1 comment

  1. RJ 2 November, 2018 at 17:13

    Wow, lots of Kings content today, pretty awesome! Yes, Skal is buried on the bench, which must be difficult for him considering how hard he worked in the offseason. But the Kings have a lot of expiring contracts this coming offseason, so I expect him to remain with the team unless someone offers Sacramento a chance to sneak back into the first round of the draft with some kind of package deal.

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