- NBA Rank: 18
Conference Rank: 13
- Sacramento Kings
Last season was a new era for the Kings. Under new management, the Kings went from a 28 win laughingstock to...a 28 win laughingstock. The Kings made some big moves. Sure, they weren't great moves, but they were bold. For an organization that was being heralded as being headed by smart analytics, I was a bit let down. We'll see if they can turn it around.
There's a simple key to winning, have above average players. The Kings struggled with this last season, and spoiler, next season doesn't look much better. Vivek Ranadive, the Kings' new owner, was included as a basketball hero in Malcolm Gladwell's recent book. He took his daughter's basketball squad to the state finals. I was hoping some of his magic would rub off on the Kings. We've yet to see it, but to be fair, it's only been a year.
|Isaiah Thomas ||2,497||25||0.132||6.9|
|Marcus Thornton ||1,121||27||0.040||0.9|
|Travis Outlaw ||1,065||29||0.025||0.6|
|Quincy Acy ||786||23||0.110||1.8|
|Greivis Vasquez ||465||27||0.064||0.6|
|Jimmer Fredette ||463||25||0.089||0.9|
|John Salmons ||445||34||0.027||0.2|
|Patrick Patterson ||415||25||0.040||0.3|
|Aaron Gray ||335||29||0.031||0.2|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute ||196||27||0.157||0.6|
|Chuck Hayes ||179||31||0.138||0.5|
|Hamady N'Diaye ||74||27||-0.081||-0.1|
|Jared Cunningham ||58||23||-0.023||0|
Indicates that the player is no longer with the team.
Of the seventeen players the Kings that suited up for at least a couple hundred minutes, only four were above average. Let's be clear, above average is not a high mark. Two of the Kings above average players were Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Rudy Gay was paid seventeen million dollars last season! DeMarcus Cousins was much more reasonable on rookie contract. Of course, the Kings extended him to a max deal, which may bite them in the future. The Kings lucked into some good play out of Derrick Williams, who had been terrible until the Kings. Finally, Isaiah Thomas, the steal of the 2011 draft, kept up his decent play. Despite these few "bright spots", the Kings had very little to be proud of. Most of the squad has moved through the Kings revolving door, so we'll see how next season goes.
|Darren Collison ||1.0||2,128.9||27||0.174||7.7|
|Ramon Sessions ||1.0||1,376.5||29||0.092||2.6|
|Omri Casspi ||3.0||1,319.0||27||0.093||2.5|
|Nik Stauskas ||2.0||1,077.1||21||0.071||1.6|
|Eric Moreland ||4.0||595.9||0||0.071||0.9|
Indicates that the player is new to the team.
The Kings offseason has been a pretty good step forward. The Kings let a decent Isaiah Thomas walk. However, they replaced him with a more affordable and better Darren Collison. They also signed Ramon Sessions and Omri Casspi. Neither player is great, but they're actually upgrades on this squad. And, at a combined three million dollars, they're affordable. Provided they don't extend Rudy Gay, and if DeMarcus Cousins has some improvement, they may be in good shape. They won't make the playoffs this season, but at least they'll give the Lakers a run for not being the worst team in the division.
The Kings took a step back last season. So far this offseason they look good going forward. Even better, they've signed Dean Oliver, the "father of basketball analytics", to their staff. In short, they have run out of excuses. They have a smart owner, a flexible roster, and a top analytics mind. Again, I don't expect this team to make the playoffs. However, the bar for how the squad is run has definitely risen. I'll be extra critical of their moves and how they look going forward. If they live up to my expectations though, this team could be a force in a few years.