Sacramento Kings: 250-1

The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat from the West, and the organization’s most powerful figures are laying down powerful rhetoric to this effect all offseason. “This year, let’s be clear, it’s about wins and losses,” proprietor Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. General Manager Pete D’Alessandro told Jones:”We’re not trying to be patient anymore, we’re not. We would like to acquire more, we want to be more exciting.” Kudos to the Kings for planning high, for attempting to benefit a loyal fanbase by simply altering the culture. But prioritizing wins with a roster which simply isn’t cut out to accumulate a lot of them may be a mistake. It’s dangerous to change into short-term success mode too premature; it can cut the legs out from a rebuilding process in a means that is sometimes unfixable. Sacramento will begin Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which seems intriguing on paper. But when you understand that the Kings’ most often used five-man unit last year featured these very same players with the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard rather than Collison and that stated unit handled a net evaluation of minus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, per, it’s hard to see where the impression that this team can win comes from. Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and newcomer Nik Stauskas. Maybe it’s religion in Cousins’ continued advancement. Who knows? This is all a long way of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento think this team has a chance to do anything, the cold reality of title odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal. Not this season, Kings. Read more:
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