Sacramento Kings: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Sacramento Kings 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 20, 2016
NBA Championship: 500/1 Over/under win total: 33.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings look to avoid another season of purgatory with new head coach Dave Joerger as they come off of a disappointing 2015-16 campaign that saw the Kings finish 10th in the west with a 33-49 mark.
Here is your 2016 Sacramento Kings preview.
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Key Additions: The Kings made subtle additions to the team as Sacramento was looking to bolster their 3-point shooting and defense by signing veterans such as Arron Afflalo and Matt Barnes to multi-year contracts. Afflalo signed on with the Kings for 3 years and $25 million. Afflalo finds himself on his 5th different team in 4 seasons, hoping to find a permanent home. The former in-state UCLA product averaged 12.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 44% from the field in 71 games for the Knicks last season. Barnes, a primarily defensive specialist, signed a 2-year deal worth $12 million. Barnes averaged 10 points and a career-high 5.5 rebounds in 76 games for the Grizzlies last season while shooting a career high 80% from the free throw line.
Key Losses: The biggest loss from last year’s team has to be point guard Rajon Rondo who skipped town and signed with the new-look Chicago Bulls. However some kings fans wouldn’t really consider is a massive loss as Rondo just never really seemed to fit in with Sacramento as was seen by his departure. In his lone season with the Kings however, Rondo found ways to contribute such as logging 11.9 points and 6 rebounds to go along with a career high 11.7 assists per game.
Breaking Down the Draft: The Kings made moves on draft night, acquiring a pair of draft picks from Phoenix for the 8th overall selection, which turned out to be Washington product Marquese Chriss. In return, Sacramento received the rights to Greek center Georgios Papagiannis and Kentucky forward Skal Labissiere. Labissiere was considered by many to be a potential #1 overall pick but after a disappointing 2015-16 season where he averaged just 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, Labissiere slipped to 28th overall with something to prove heading into this season. Sacramento also used their 2nd-round pick to snag Isaiah Cousins, a combo guard out of Oklahoma and about 2 weeks later, acquired the rights to Syracuse guard Malachi Richardson.
Outlook: New head coach Dave Joerger has his work cut out for him in his first season at the helm of the Kings as he goes from a strong defensive team in Memphis to a young, promising core with lots of growing up to do in Sacramento. This could be a team for the future, but for this season, look for the Kings to end up back in the lottery, and quite high at that.
Projected record: 26-56