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 impact all offseason.
“This year, let us be clear, it is about wins and losses,” owner Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro told Jones:”We’re not trying to be patient anymore, we’re not. We would like to acquire more, we wish to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for aiming high, for attempting to reward a loyal fanbase by altering the culture. But assigning wins using a roster which simply isn’t cut out to collect many of them might be a mistake. It’s dangerous to change into short-term success mode too early; it may cut the legs out from a rebuilding process in a means that is sometimes unfixable.
Sacramento will start Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which seems fascinating on paper.
But when you realize that the Kings’ most frequently used five-man unit annually featured these same players together with the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard instead of Collison and that said unit handled a net evaluation of minus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, per, it is tough to see where the belief that this group can win stems from.
Maybe it’s the improvements of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and rookie Nik Stauskas. Maybe it’s religion in Cousins’ continued improvement.
Who knows?
This is a long method of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento think this team has a chance to do anything, the cold truth of title odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal.
Not this year, Kings.

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