The 2012-2013 NBA season is quickly approaching, coming toward us like a heavy locomotive. Is this season going to be another train wreck or are you feeling more optimism run in your veins?
Chad Ford and John Hollinger provided their projections of how they think the team will fare, in their annual ESPN NBA Future Power Rankings, placing the Sacramento Kings at Number 27. You read that right. That is 27 out of 30. Ouch!
While they rated the players at Number 19, citing core players of DeMarcus Cousins, Thomas Robinson, Tyreke Evans, and Marcus Thornton as looking “pretty imposing,” they also cited broke owners, as in operating on a “shoestring budget” broke and their vote for “the league’s worst -run team.”
We know the situation; We live the situation.
In other words, we have some pretty good players even though there is no money. Anyone else watch the 2012 Summer Olympic Gold Medal Final of Spain against USA? David versus Goliath? Anyone else surprised to see that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and other multi-million dollar NBA All-Star players didn’t have a walk in the park against Spain?
While the Sacramento Kings have been the bottom-feeders, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a shot at rising above that position. Last season, the Sacramento Kings had a win-loss percentage of .333 consisting of 22 Wins to 44 Losses, shown on the ESPN NBA Standings for 2011-2012. The Kings ranking only above New Orleans in the Western Conference Finals.
With Coach Keith Smart, the team did fare better than it did in the previous 2010-2011 NBA season under Coach Paul Westphal, with a win-loss percentage of .293 consisting of 24 Wins to 58 Losses.
In order for the Sacramento Kings to climb the proverbial ladder to an NBA playoff berth, who would they most likely have to beat to claim a spot? Looking at the past couple of seasons, DeMarcus Cousins and company will have to beat New Orleans, Golden State, Minnesota, Portland, Phoenix, Houston, maybe even Utah or Dallas. The L.A. Clippers managed to climb out last season.
So, how optimistic are you, Sacramento Kings fan?
Select one option. Each question is referring to the anticipated Win- Loss percentage. Select the one you feel best represents how you feel the team will do this season.
How Optimistic Are You Sacramento Kings' fans?
- Realistic - Coming up short 36 W 46 L = 44% (35%, 105 Votes)
- Somewhat optimistic - Not quite there 41 W 41 L = 50% (32%, 96 Votes)
- Pessimistic - Remain bottom feeder 24 W 58 L = 29% (18%, 55 Votes)
- Very optimistic - Maybe squeek in 46 W 36 L = 56% (12%, 36 Votes)
- Super optimistic - Will make Playoffs 50 W 32 L = 61% (3%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 301