The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Sacramento Kings have not been able to find their way into the post season since 2006. Unfortunately, the team has continued to struggle both on and off the court which has led to a level of disdain amongst fans who have followed this organization. Coming off of a 28-54 season this group has a lot of work in front of them if they are going to make up ground and not end up at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Looking at the Kings roster DeMarcus Cousins is perhaps the best on the court member of the team but he's made decisions off the court which have led many to question his focus and maturity. With his averages of 17.1 and 9.9 rebounds per game he is a valuable trade option that the Kings may look to move at some point of the year. Isaiah Thomas is going to have to grow into the starting point guard position and improve on his mediocre average numbers from last year.
Sacramento went after two shooting guards in the draft as they picked up Ben McLemore and Trent Lockett; both of which will be expected to contribute early into their NBA careers. Marcus Thornton is another viable option as he has more experience on the court.
Their front court is also going to need some work as well. Jason Thompson was their best option at power forward while John Salmons filled the void as their small forward. Unfortunately, none of these players were able to affect their league worst points per games and 25th ranked rebounds per game averages.
In recent times the Kings have been a talking point not because of a hot draft pick or a block buster trade but the idea that the team was going to be moved. Those opportunities fell through and now the unit has a new owner coming into this season. Hopefully the new guard can help take this team in a direction other than down which has been their trend since 2006.
Expected Starting Lineup with 2012-2013 Stats
Isaiah Thomas, PG: 13.9 PPG, 4 APG
Marcus Thornton, SG: 12.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG
John Salmons, SF: 8.8 PPG, 3 APG
Jason Thompson, PF: 10.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG
DeMarcus Cousins, C: 17.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG
Expected Season Finish
15th in the Western Conference