The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat from the West, and also the organization’s most powerful figures are laying down strong rhetoric to this effect all offseason.
“This season, 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 told Jones:”We are not trying to be patient anymore, we are not. We would like to acquire more, we want to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for planning high, for attempting to benefit a loyal fanbase by changing the culture. But assigning wins using a roster that simply is not cut out to accumulate many of them might be a error. It’s dangerous to change into short-term success manner too early; it may cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a means that’s occasionally unfixable.
Sacramento will begin Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which seems intriguing on paper.
But when you understand that the Kings’ most often used five-man unit last year showcased these same players together with all the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard instead of Collison and that said unit managed a net rating of minus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com, it’s hard to see where the impression that this team can win stems from.
Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and rookie Nik Stauskas. Maybe it’s faith in Cousins’ continued improvement.
This is a long way of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento believe this group has a chance to do anything, the cold reality of title chances at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal.
Not this year, Kings.
Read more: fakenewsregistry.org