The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat from the West, and also the organization’s strongest figures are laying down powerful rhetoric to that effect all offseason.
“This season, let’s be clear, it’s about wins and losses,” proprietor Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro advised Jones:”We are not trying to be patient anymore, we’re not. We want to win more, we want to be exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for planning high, for trying to benefit a loyal fanbase by simply changing the culture. But assigning wins using a roster which simply isn’t cut out to accumulate many of them might be a error. It is dangerous to shift into short-term success manner too premature; it can cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a means that’s occasionally unfixable.
Sacramento will begin Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which seems intriguing on paper.
However, when you understand that the Kings’ most frequently used five-man unit annually showcased 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 NBA.com, it’s hard to see where the impression that this group can win stems from.
Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and rookie Nik Stauskas. Perhaps it’s faith in Cousins’ continuing advancement.
This is all a long way of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento think this group has a chance to do anything, the cold truth of title odds at 250-1 is a far more accurate assessment.
Not this season, Kings.