The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat in the West, and also the organization’s strongest figures have been laying down strong rhetoric to that effect all offseason.
“This year, 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 advised Jones:”We are not trying to be patient anymore, we are not. We want to win more, we want to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for planning high, for attempting to reward a loyal fanbase by simply changing the culture. But assigning wins using a roster that simply is not cut out to collect many of them might be a error. It is dangerous to shift into short-term success manner too early; it can cut the legs out from a rebuilding process in a means that’s occasionally unfixable.
Sacramento will start Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which sounds fascinating on paper.
But when you understand that the Kings’ most frequently used five-man unit last year showcased these very same players with 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 belief that this team can win comes from.
Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and newcomer Nik Stauskas. Perhaps it’s faith in Cousins’ continuing advancement.
This is a long method of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento believe this group has a shot to do anything, the cold reality of title chances at 250-1 is a far more accurate assessment.
Not this season, Kings.