Boy oh boy – wouldn’t it be nice to have a season of basketball tipping off in just over a week? Then we might see all of the wonderful and nice things that Leo Sepkowitz pointed out in his wonderful Slam Magazine piece yesterday.
But Sacramento’s front office has pulled it together over the past few years, and the Kings might have the best developing young talent in the NBA. Yes, I said it.
Within two years, both of which seemed like failures on the surface, the Kings have stockpiled players with massive upside at every position, and then some. If Fredette can contribute as a consistent scorer, he could join Evans, Thornton and maybe even Salmons as guys with the potential to drop 20 on any night. Plus they can match size with any team in the League, as starting Thompson at small forward alongside Hickson and Cousins would give them three serious rebounders without sacrificing athleticism.
Sepkowitz does make the reader aware that he doesn’t expect the Kings (whenever a season does get going) to pull a 09-10 Oklahoma City Thunder type turnaround, but, there’s no challenging the fact the Kings are stockpiled with not only good, young talent – but talent that will eventually translate into the NBA wins. And to me, that’s the difference you have with the annual up and coming squads. Yes, there are always young teams with young talent – fans are sold on that idea, most times out of desperation. But good talent doesn’t always translate into NBA talent and that’s the special quality the Kings finally possess. With Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins as the building blocks, the Kings only nemesis is time.