Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings finished with a 33-49 record in the 2015-2016 Season which yielded 3rd place in the Pacific Division in the West. Many things went awry but there were enough positives to think that, with the right moves this offseason, that the Kings could emerge as a playoff team next year.
DeMarcus Cousins is the heartbeat of the team and uncontested star as things currently stand. Sacramento is not the most desirable landing spot for the free agents that are still left out there. Last years point guard, Rajon Rondo is still out there swimming around in the free agency pool and testing the market but was a pretty significant piece to the relative success in the teams advancement from the previous year when they went 29-53. But recent reports have been that the team is moving on from him and are content with Darren Collison running the point.
This young team is getting better and did so in the draft as well by selecting Georgios Papagiannis (Center), Skal Labissiere (Power Forward/ Center), and Isiah Cousins (Point Guard/ Shooting Guard) and also wound up trading that day Marco Belinelli (Shooting Guard/ Small Forward) for Malachi Richardson (Shooting Guard) with the Charlotte Hornets who selected him with the 22nd overall pick.
The current depth chart courtesy of ESPN has the Kings depth chart with Cousins at the center position, Willie Cauley-Stein at the power forward position, Rudy Gay at the small forward position, Ben McLemore at the shooting guard position, and Darren Collison at the point guard position. This is not final and it is not set in stone with free agency still in full swing.
Here is a look at the full roster as of now:
There will be plenty of role players like Caron Butler on Seth Curry and others but will it be enough? Head coach David Joerger will have his work cut out for sure if this winds up being the finalized roster but look for the Kings to make a solid push for at least one more veteran that can and will help the Kings reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 Season when they lost in the first round to the San Antonio Spurs.