The upcoming season is very crucial for a lot of rebuilding teams. The Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets are a few that comes to mind. But a completely different team is now attempting to enter the playoff picture. It is the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings despair
It has been 15 seasons since the Kings saw the playoff landscape. They have had All-Stars in the past in their teams but that hasn’t results in anything substantial yet. DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas are few of the players who have attempted to take the franchise into the playoffs. But they couldn’t do it.
After Cousins left the team, it was time for new players to take the floor. In came De’Aaron Fox. But even he couldn’t help carry the Kings. Fox had put up averages 19.1 points, 6.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in his tenure so far with the Kings and he is growing at a steady pace.
The necessary changes
In the Off-season trade deadline, they even brought All-Star Power Forward, Domantas Sabonis from the Indiana Pacers. Yet they missed the play-in tournament. With so many changes, the Kings bad decision making is reflected on their rebuilding franchise. But this year could be a chance to change.
The Kings have finally got a reliable draft pick in Keegan Murray with the 4th pick. His efforts in the summer league is a testament of what he is going to bring on the table for the team. They have what they needed in the draft, a forward who can score at will, create his own shots and stretch the floor at the same time.
They even brought in Malik Monk from the Lakers and Kevin Heurter from the hawks to give them defense on the wings while also taking part in the shooting from the distance. Harrison Barnes still has a few years left in his prime. He will be an asset to the team with his two-way presence.
New season! New lineup!
So the Kings starting lineup for the next season will mostly look be, De’Aaron Fox playing the point, Malik Monk as the shooting guard, Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray as forwards and finally, Domanatas Sabonis playing as center. On the bench they will have Kevin Heurter, Alex Len, Davion Mitchell, Trey Lyles and Richaun Holmes.
The core pieces are good but they need more depth on the bench. But this much firepower will be enough to make a playoff berth. The Kings will make the difference next season in one way or the another and it won’t be a surprise to see them in the playoffs as the 6th or 7th seed!