April 15, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Luke Babbitt (8) controls the rebound between Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22), center Chuck Hayes (42) and shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) during the second quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Improved Sacramento Kings They Are, But Questions Still Remain


While the Sacramento Kings made a few additions this offseason, the acquisitions of Aaron Brooks and James Johnson certainly wont make a blip on the impact addition radar. The drafting of Thomas Robinson along with the retaining of Jason Thompson solidified the big man rotation, but as SI’s Zach Lowe points out – questions loom:

There’s just a ton to sort out here, and nothing the Kings did in this offseason was really going to change that. Can Tyreke Evans find the right combination of off-ball cutting, defense and on-ball skills to play small forward? Can he fix his broken jumper? Is the Marcus Thornton/Isaiah Thomas backcourt the long-term answer, despite the rather glaring defensive limitations? And speaking of defense: Will DeMarcus Cousins’ development on that end match his progress on offense, where he dialed back his shot selection, cut his turnovers and upped his efficiency? Cousins is a monster rebounder, but he has struggled to contain the pick-and-roll and defend in space; his feet look heavy, his effort middling, and he’s prone to bad reaches and lunges.

The Kings obviously improved themselves on paper this offseason, especially via the draft where they lucked into Thomas Robinson, but with with every team in the NBA’s Pacific Division improving it’s hard to imagine the Kings leapfrogging a couple spots, if any.

A full season and a training camp under head coach Keith Smart will only benefit the talent on the roster, but it’s a season full of questions with little answer right now.

Questions or not though, there’s no doubt that the Kings will be an improved squad – it’s just a matter of how much.

We’ll soon be on our way to finding out.

Tags: Aaron Brooks DeMarcus Cousins Isaiah Thomas James Johnson Jason Thompson Marcus Thornton Sacramento Kings Thomas Robinson Tyreke Evans