The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat in the West, and also the organization’s most powerful figures are laying down strong rhetoric to that effect all offseason.
“This year, let us be clear, it’s about wins and losses,” owner Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro told Jones:”We are not trying to be patient , we’re not. We would like to win more, we want to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for planning high, for attempting to benefit a loyal fanbase by altering the culture. But assigning wins using a roster that simply is not cut out to collect many of them may be a error. It’s harmful to change into short-term achievement mode too early; it can cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a way that’s sometimes unfixable.
Sacramento will start Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which sounds fascinating on paper.
However, when you understand that the Kings’ most frequently used five-man unit annually showcased these very same players 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 is hard to see where the belief that this group can win comes from.
Maybe it’s the improvements of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and rookie Nik Stauskas. Maybe it’s faith in Cousins’ continuing improvement.
This is a long method of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento think this group has a shot to do anything, the cold truth of name odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal.
Not this year, Kings.
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