Reason #1: Motivation to keep winning
No one likes to lose. It’s as simple as that. For years, the Kings were at the bottom of the NBA and that is not a nice place to be. Now that the team has gotten a taste of winning, they won’t want to lose it after just one season.
There is pride in being a part of the squad that pulled a franchise out of the kind of hole the Kings had been in since 2006. Every single player on this team will want to prove that 2023 was no fluke and that energy is important. Putting together a successful season in a conference that is as stacked as the West is tough. You need the right mindset, and the Kings should have just that.
Fox, for example, was a top draft pick in 2017 and is now finally living up to all the expectations that come with that. He established himself as a great scorer, made his first All-Star appearance, and led his team to the playoffs.
Likewise, Sabonis never found much success with the Pacers and was usually more of a second thought when it came to the best centers in the league. Both want to compete at the highest level and prove that their All-Star seasons and the team’s success were no fluke.
That energy will carry over to the rest of the team and they are not alone. Harrison Barnes won a title with the Warriors in 2015 but had to endure a lot of losses since he joined the Kings in 2018. He would probably love to spend as much time as possible on the big stage before his career draws to a close.
On top of that, as mentioned before, Malik Monk’s free agency is coming up. If the Kings keep winning, and he is still a big part of it, he will see a nice pay raise coming his way.