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 effect all offseason.
„This year, let us be clear, it’s about wins and losses,“ proprietor Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro advised Jones:“We’re not trying to be patient anymore, we are not. We would like to win more, we wish to be more exciting.“
Kudos to the Kings for aiming high, for attempting to reward a loyal fanbase by changing the culture. But prioritizing wins with a roster that simply isn’t cut out to collect a lot of them may be a mistake. It’s harmful to shift into short-term success manner too premature; it can cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a way that’s occasionally unfixable.
Sacramento will start Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which seems fascinating on paper.
However, when you realize that the Kings‘ most often used five-man unit annually showcased these very same players with all the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard rather than 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 belief that this group can win stems from.
Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and rookie Nik Stauskas. Perhaps it’s faith in Cousins‘ continuing improvement.
This is a long way of saying that if the powers that be in Sacramento believe this group has a chance to do anything, the cold reality of title odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate assessment.
Not this year, Kings.
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