Here at A Royal Pain, our annual season preview will start shortly – but Hoopsworld started their previews early – today dropping their views on the Sacramento Kings’ upcoming season.
The five panelists, including that of Hoopsworld’s Editor Steve Kyler, all had glowing things to say about the Kings and their future – but the road through the Pacific Division and Western Conference is a rough one, which resulted in the Kings’ near unanimous bottom of the barrel rank in the Pacific. Joel Brigham however, thinks the Kings have a bit more fight in them than the rest:
Thomas Robinson was a great pick with the fifth selection in this summer’s draft, but he didn’t have a standout showing at Summer League, and he’s going to have to be great for anyone to have any real confidence in this team showing major improvement. DeMarcus Cousins is a fantastic talent, but he was last year, too, and the team still wasn’t very good. New point guard Aaron Brooks should help, but there’s that crowded backcourt with all those me-first shooters: Jimmer Fredette, Tyreke Evans, and Marcus Thornton. They’ll need to thin that out and develop some serious chemistry between Robinson and Cousins if they hope to be markedly better this season. I don’t see it happening, but the Kings really are starting to amass some nice pieces. It’s just a matter of getting all those pieces to fit together, which is easier said than done.
4th Place – Pacific Division
Yannis Koutroupis also gives the Kings some props, suggesting a potential 41-41 season isn’t out of the question:
A big year, combined with serious improvements on the defensive end as a team, should put the Kings in contention to finish .500.