Rookie Jimmer Fredette is progressing how Kings coach Keith Smart hoped he would this season.

Smart said even though Marcus Thornton is back from a bruised left calf, he plans to keep Fredette in the rotation.

Thornton's return from a seven-game absence in January cut into Fredette's playing time significantly.

"(Fredette is) moving at the right pace," Smart said. "I just felt earlier in the year, trying to play him a lot when he wasn't there yet, strong physically and mentally, might have slowed him down a bit. But I think where he's at now and continuing from here is going to be good."