His numbers on the season — 6.0 points (45% FG) and 3.2 assists in 13.5 minutes per game — hardly look impressive on paper. But a closer look reveals that Sergio Rodriguez has produced exceptionally well when he's received extended playing time. The most "pure" point guard on the Sacramento Kings roster, he pushes the tempo nearly every time down the court, looking to distribute the ball before setting up his own shot and getting every player involved in the offense.
In 10 games in which he's played at least 18 minutes, Rodriguez has responded with 12 points (48% FG), 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest while contributing to five victories. While his detractors would argue that much of his playing time has come in "garbage time," he has correspondingly shown that he can post similar numbers in regular minutes and in close games. After inconsistent playing time and several DNPs over first 13 games of the season, Rodriguez put up 15.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 22 minutes per contest during the short-handed Kings' four-game winning streak in late November. While his minutes dwindled with the return of Kevin Martin, he once again showed that he can direct an offense while playing much of the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Monday without Tyreke Evans in the lineup. He effortlessly and consistently found cutters under the basket in the halfcourt sets and made easy plays in transition, finishing second on the team in plus/minus (+6) while also tallying more points and assists in fewer minutes than starter Beno Udrih (-7).
In fact, Rodriguez is far and away the team leader in plus/minus (+110) on the season, and according to 82games.com, the Kings are +91 with him on the court and -259 without him (+350 net) per 48 minutes. Although as previously noted, that number may be inflated because a sizable portion of his minutes have come in meaningless, late game situations, the fact that Rodriguez is the only King to even sport a positive plus/minus is difficult to ignore (Udrih is -66, for what it's worth). In addition, his 17.41 PER ranks 13th among all point guards, while his 11.5 assists per 48 minutes put him only behind All-Stars Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, and Jason Kidd.