Two a Days: Sacramento Kings Preview

The Kings hope this is the year Cousins reaches his potential

The Kings hope this is the year Cousins reaches his potential

By: Travis Thayer (@TheTravisThayer)

2012-13 Record: 28-54

Projected 2013-14 Finish: 4th in the Pacific Division

Projected Starting Lineup

Greivis Vasquez, PG
Ben McLemore, SG
John Salmons, SF
Patrick Patterson, PF
DeMarcus Cousins, C

Key Reserves

Marcus Thornton, G
Carl Landry, F
Isaiah Thomas, G
Jason Thompson, F
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F

Strengths

The Kings have an abundance of front court players, led by center DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins is the complete package as a big man because of his ability to score, rebound, and block shots.  He is joined in the front-court by fellow Kentucky Wildcat Patrick Patterson.  Patterson is just one of many that can man the four spot for the Kings.  Veterans Carl Landry and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute are ready to step in and contribute at anytime.  The backcourt lost Tyreke Evans to a trade earlier this year, but they shouldn’t lose any production.  Newly acquired point guard Greivis Vasquez and rookie Ben McLemore will fit in nicely, while Marcus Thornton continues to give this team a scoring punch of the bench.

Weaknesses

Immaturity might be the Kings biggest obstacle.  DeMarcus Cousins has been given a new contract, which shows that the Kings believe he is the right guy to lead their franchise.  Maybe, now that Shaquille O’Neal is a minority owner he can teach Cousins how to be a professional. Ben McLemore has had his maturity questioned as well, and he is going to be relied on heavily in his rookie season.  The Kings two most important players have the two biggest question marks above their heads.  The Kings will only get better if Cousins and McLemore learn how to control their emotions.

Outcome

It looks like another gloomy year in Sacramento.  McLemore and Cousins make the Kings intriguing, but they lack the true talent and depth needed to be a top eight team in the west.  There are too many question marks surrounding this team to think they are capable of having a breakout year.  The good news is that next year’s draft is loaded with talent, and that can only help a lottery team like the Kings in the future.

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