The Sacramento Kings are finally back in the NBA Playoffs. It was a very, very long 16 year wait for the great fans of Sac Town, but this year has been well worth it. First year head coach Mike Brown has changed the culture of this organization for the better, and the future looks as bright as it ever has.
While the playoff run hasn’t even happened yet, it’s still interesting to think about what next year’s roster will look like. There are a few untouchables, a few still playing for a job, and some that I believe have already sealed a spot on the squad in 2023-24.
Obviously, things can change from now until this fall, with the draft and free agency set to occur. Monte McNair isn’t afraid to make a bold move or two. But some of these guys have been huge for the locker room and overall morale of the team, which the Sacramento Kings have lacked for a long time.
1. SG Malik Monk
Does this even need an explanation?
Monk has had a fantastic year for the Kings. Averaging 13.5 points, four assists, and shooting 35% from three, Malik Monk had solidified a spot in next year’s rotation. He had a career night during one of the highest scoring games in NBA history just a month ago dropping 45 points on great efficiency to help take down the Clippers.
Him and Kevin Huerter have been a great shooting guard-duo that has helped this offense become lethal. Monk is under contract until 2024, so it was already unlikely he wouldn’t be a part of the team next year. However, after such an efficient and solid year, Monk has made it almost certain.
Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox also have that Kentucky connection. The chemistry they’ve built together has been clearly evident in their play on the court. The same thing could be said about a number of guys on this team, and it’s helped in their playoff push.
He’s never appeared in the playoffs before, as this year will be his first crack at the postseason. In my opinion, Malik is built for moments like this, and I can’t wait to see how he performs. You know his running mate De’Aaron Fox will also be ready, as he’ll get his first playoff games under his belt as well.
Monk HAS to be a part of this team next year.