The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat in the West, and also the organization’s most powerful figures have been laying down strong rhetoric to that impact all offseason.
“This year, let us be clear, it’s about wins and losses,” owner Vivek Ranadive told Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro told Jones:”We’re not trying to be patient , we’re not. We would like to win more, we want to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for planning high, for attempting to reward a loyal fanbase by simply altering the culture. But prioritizing wins with a roster which simply is not cut out to collect a lot of them might be a error. It is dangerous to shift into short-term success mode too early; it may cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a way that’s sometimes unfixable.
Sacramento will begin Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which seems fascinating on paper.
However, when you understand that the Kings’ most often used five-man unit last year featured these same players together with all the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard instead of Collison and that said unit handled a net rating 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 improvements of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and newcomer Nik Stauskas. Perhaps it’s faith in Cousins’ continued advancement.
This is a long way of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento think this group has a chance to do anything, the cold truth of name odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal.
Not this season, Kings.
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