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George Karl: Kings will 'probably start' Willie Cauley-Stein in opener

Oct 8, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) defend San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 8, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) defend San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings will give the NBA a twin-towers look to start the season. Kelley L. Cox USA TODAY Sports

If small-ball is the trend sweeping the NBA, someone forgot to tell the Sacramento Kings and head coach George Karl.

It raised some eyebrows when the Kings selected center Willie Cauley-Stein in this year's draft, since Sacramento already has the league's best big man in DeMarcus Cousins. But with a creative mind like Karl on the bench, there's always a solution. As Cousins continues to work on his 3-point game and his passing from the perimeter, then, the Kings are going big. Karl told reporters at practice over the weekend that he'll "probably" start Cauley-Stein at center in Sacramento's season opener against the Clippers on Wednesday:

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The spacing could be tight when that pairing shares the floor with Rajon Rondo, who famously struggles to shoot from outside. But it's going to be really entertaining, especially with Cousins likely matched up against Blake Griffin on Wednesday.

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