When it comes to King news out of the East Coast, I tend to take it with a grain of salt since chances are, the Kings are nothing more than an easy punching bag. Case in point, this niblet from the Charlotte Observer. In his Inside The NBA column, Rick Bonnell apparently quizzed a few NBA executives about teams in worse off situations than the Charlotte Bobcats and oddly enough, the Kings name came up:
There are four franchises clearly in a worse situation than the Bobcats: Cleveland, Detroit, Washington and Sacramento, according to these execs. Doesn’t mean the Bobcats won’t rebound. But they’re at a serious tipping point: They traded away Gerald Wallace because they thought they wouldn’t get any better with him.
First problem I have is “clearly”. Really? Clearly?
Listen, I’m not claiming an NBA Championship for the Kings – I’m not even claiming a playoff spot for a year or two. But I certainly find it hard pressed to be considered as a team trending downward when the Kings stockpile includes DeMarcus Cousins, former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, a top 5 pick, and the most salary cap room in the NBA.
I don’t know about you, but, comparing the current rosters between the Bobcats and Kings – comparing draft picks – and comparing salary cap figures, I’m not exactly sure where the Cats are “clearly” in a better situation than the Kings. In fact, I’m not sure how they’re in a better situation at all.
The Cats are lacking any true youth – they have zero high lotto picks on their current roster – and they managed 34 wins in the East, all the while having a salary cap figure nearly 9 over the cap. Clearly, that’s a much better situation than Sacramento.