Sacramento Kings Season Preview History
2012-13 SACRAMENTO KINGS SEASON PREVIEW
For the sixth straight season, the Kings suffered through another losing year during the 201-12 season, finishing at 22-44 and 14th in the Western Conference. The season saw the departure of head coach Paul Westphal, and the new tenure of current coach Keith Smart. As slowly as they started off the year, the Kings improved as the year went on and there is certainly plenty of talent on the roster that could be a solid foundation for the future. Ultimately, the Kings have a number of bright spots and a few areas where they will need to see major improvement to take the next step toward playoff contention.
The offseason allowed the Kings to add depth in key places along their roster, including the signing of point guard Aaron Brooks, who spent time with the Rockets and Suns last season. The team also swung a trade with Toronto for small forward James Johnson, who is expected to become an immediate starter and improve the team's scoring attack. However, the Kings' biggest move may have come during the draft when they landed one of the best players in the draft, forward Thomas Robinson from Kansas. He should provide an immediate boost to the depth at the position and imposing size for the Kings in the paint.
With all of the moves the Kings have made in the offseason, they may have a chance to field a pretty potent starting lineup. At point guard, Isaiah Thomas was a welcome rookie surprise during last season and has quality backups in Brooks and Jimmer Fredette. At shooting guard, Tyreke Evans can shift back and forth between both guard spots, while Marcus Thornton provides a great change of pace behind him. At forward, Jason Thompson and James Johnson should see significant time, as they ease Thomas Robinson into the lineup. Perhaps the team's strongest suit is at center with Demarcus Cousins. The 6'11" is a major presence underneath the basket and could have a few All-Star appearances in his future.
In Keith Smart's first season at the helm, the Kings will have to continue to show progression on both ends of the court. Only time will tell if the players will buy into Smart's system and find cohesiveness, but the team certainly has plenty of talent to build on for the future and has made great strides in the offseason to finally get back to postseason contention.
Sacramento Kings 2012 NBA Preview:
After being spared moving to Anaheim, the Sacramento Kings’ fans have a lot to cheer about besides their team not moving away. Two of the most intriguing young players in the NBA play for their team in the forms of former Rookie of the Year guard Tyreke Evans and power forward DeMarchcus Cousins. The team ranked fourth in the league in rebounds thanks to Cousins’ amazing rookie year. If the team can get around these two players, then Sacramento will be back in the playoffs soon.
2010-2011 Sacramento Kings NBA Preview:
The Sacramento Kings won a disappointing 25 games last season, landing them near the bottom of the Western Conference. However, with a long list of returning starters and improving young talent, there's a chance that the Kings could surprise some people and return to the playoffs for the first time in five years.
The Kings are lead by reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans. The 6-foot-6 Evans averaged more than 20 points a game, while dishing out 5.8 assists and grabbing 5.3 rebounds per contest during his first season as the team's point guard. Joining Evans is Omri Casspi, who showed promise in his first year in the NBA.
Sacramento also made several acquisitions during the offseason that should improve their chances of entering the posteason. The team drafted Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins, who should be able to make an immediate impact at power forward. The Kings also picked up center Samuel Dalembert in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. With Carl Landry and Jason Thompson down low as well, the Kings will have a solid frontcourt lineup.
2009-2010 Sacramento Kings NBA Preview:
The Sacramento Kings head into the 2009-2010 NBA season looking to rebound from their NBA worst record last year. The Kings hired new Head Coach Paul Westphal to energize their franchise and take Sacramento in a new direction. Westphal has some talented young Kings to work with, including new draft pick Tyreke Evans who will likely play point guard for the Kings. Evans joins Kevin Martin in the backcourt and has Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes upfront to help lead the Kings.
2008-2009 Sacramento Kings NBA Preview:
The Sacramento Kings are one of the hardest teams to put your finger on in the NBA right now. They are obviously in a rebuilding situation but the talent they have will still make them hard to knock out of a Western Conference playoff run. With Ron Artest, Kevin Martin and upstart guard Kevin Martin, you never know how a Sacramento Kings game at the ARCO Center might go, and how many points they can score in a hurry.