ARP Writers Comments
Topic: The Sacramento Kings will begin their 2018-2019 campaign tonight against the Utah Jazz. With Sacramento having the mentality to win this season, how successful will they be? How many games do you expect the Kings to win this year?
RAFE (@rafnation): Even though the Kings are about winning this season, they still have guys on their squad that are far away from reaching their potential. I expect the team as a whole to suffer growing pains this season. Although winning is important, I think it does not matter this year again, as frustrating as that sounds. To me, a successful season for the Kings is having their young core, guys like De’Aaron Fox, Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, and more, make gradual improvements in their games throughout the season.
Because the Kings are still young and developing their core guys, I think they will finish this season with a record of 27-55 for a second straight year. Although I believe the Kings’ roster got better this offseason, I also think other teams enhanced their personnel as well. Especially teams in the Western Conference. I do not expect there to be many easy games for the Kings this year. The purple and white are going to need to dial in for every contest they have in order to be competitive towards their opponents this season. Which has not always been the case for them in the past.
RYAN (@gullyblanchard): This Sacramento Kings season should be about the future. They have enough top draft picks that they should be able to determine their core moving forward. I expect the team to progress slowly. This season is the equivalent of having a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle dumped out and the process of fitting all the pieces together is not done overnight.
The way I will judge this season is optimism for the 2019-2020 offseason. Will De’Aaron Fox, Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, and others be able to find an identity that has been lacking since DeMarcus Cousin was traded away? Will the young Kings team be able to attract a solid free agent? Will Vlade Divac be able to sell a middle of the road free agent to come to Sacramento?
From a wins perspective, I think a realistic number is 29 wins in 2019. But my main measure of success for this Kings team will be if this is the year that changes the direction for the franchise?