Sacramento Kings 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Sacramento Kings 2016 Preview
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The Sacramento Kings have won no more than 33 games in the last eight seasons and the fanbase is desperate for any sort of success. The good news is that Dave Joerger takes over as head och after winning nearly 60 percent of his games in three years with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Here is your 2016 Sacramento Kings NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Kings lost Rajon Rondo after one season in which he led the league in assists and shot a decent 45.4 percent from the field. Marco Belinelli also leaves Sacramento after one season in which he really struggled, as he’s a career 37.9 percent shooter from deep but hit just 30.6 percent for the Kings. Stephen’s brother Seth Curry ends up in Dallas after making 50 threes in 692 minutes played and showing flashes of being a reliable spark off the bench.
Key Player Additions: The Kings added a pair of experienced players in Matt Barnes and Arron Afflalo. Neither hire is sexy, but Barnes is a solid defender and enforcer who still does the dirty work and can hit the big outside shot from time to time. Afflalo has been a disappointment as he’s bounced from team to tam, but he’s a consistent double-digit scorer and takes great care of the basketball. For a team lacking leadership and stability, I like these pickups.
Draft: It’ll be interesting to see how much playing time Skal Labissiere gets due to playing with Demarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein, but he’s a skilled big with great upside. The same can be said for Georgios Papagiannis, who has a couple of gold medals at just 19 years old. Malachi Richardson is an all-around player who should be able to take some minutes from Ben McLemore at the two-guard spot. I really liked Isaiah Cousins at Oklahoma and think there’s a future for him in the NBA due to his ability to shoot the three. We’ll probably find out sooner than later due to him and Darren Collison being the only point guards on the roster.
Outlook: The good news is that the Kings won 33 games last year, which were the most since 2007-08. The Kings also now have a solid head coach in Joerger, who was able to find success last year despite dealing with a completely banged up roster. The bad news is that the Kings are still Cousins and everybody else, as there’s no clear No. 2 player who can help get this franchise out of the cellar. I want to see the Kings succeed and potentially see a playoff Boogie, but it’s hard seeing a successful season with this roster.