Key Additions: Ben McLemore, Greivis Vasquez, Ray McCallum, Carl Landry
Key Departures: Ownership, Head Coach
The Sacramento Kings underwent one of the most tumultuous off seasons of any NBA team this season but have emerged with a clear path in front of them. Gone is the chance of the Kings becoming the Sonics and under new ownership and there is also a new team motto, In Cousins We Trust. Such a large investment in a young player who has showed plenty of issues both on and off the court is an interesting proposition. Cousins is, however, their best player and it is to be hoped the addition of Shaq to the ownership structure will result in Cousins learning a lot from one of the best big men of all time.
There are still going to be several issues which are going to hold the Kings back this season if not even further down the road. Defense is what wins (or loses) games consistently in the NBA. Lase season the Kings ranked dead last in defense across the league and that lead to them having a dismal season. This season the question will be if they can get their players to commit to locking teams down on that end of the court and crashing the defensive glass. None of the players who Sacramento added this season, with the possibly exception of Carl Landry, are know for their defensive abilities. It will be really exciting to see how the Kings do developing Ben McLemore who looked like a possible super star in the making in Kansas.
Overall this Sacramento team will be looking to improve themselves but not too much. If they do too well it will negatively effect their draft next season and that is something Sacramento will be looking to avoid. The Kings new ownership group must remain patient and give this team time to develop and grow. Any attempt to rush the process could lead to disaster for a team which is pretty used to that by now.