The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat in the West, and the organization’s strongest figures are laying down powerful rhetoric to this impact all offseason.
“This year, let’s be clear, it is about wins and losses,” owner Vivek Ranadive told Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro advised Jones:”We are not trying to be patient anymore, we are not. We would like to win more, we wish to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for aiming high, for trying to benefit a loyal fanbase by altering the culture. But assigning wins using a roster which simply is not cut out to accumulate many of them might be a mistake. It is harmful to shift into short-term achievement manner too early; it can cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a means that is occasionally unfixable.
Sacramento will begin Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which sounds intriguing on paper.
But when you understand that the Kings’ most often used five-man unit last year showcased these very same players together with the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard rather than Collison and that stated unit managed a net evaluation of minus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com, it is tough to see where the impression that this group can win comes from.
Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and newcomer Nik Stauskas. Perhaps it’s faith in Cousins’ continued improvement.
This is all a long way of saying that if the powers that be in Sacramento believe this group has a chance to do anything, the cold truth of title odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal.
Not this season, Kings.
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