Sacramento Kings: 250-1

The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat in the West, and the organization’s strongest figures are laying down strong rhetoric to that effect all offseason.
“This year, let’s be clear, it is about wins and losses,” proprietor Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D’Alessandro advised Jones:”We’re not trying to be patient anymore, we’re not. We would like to acquire more, we want to be more exciting.”
Kudos to the Kings for aiming high, for trying to benefit a loyal fanbase by changing the culture. But assigning wins using a roster that simply isn’t cut out to collect a lot of them might be a error. It’s dangerous to change into short-term achievement manner too early; it can cut out the legs from a rebuilding process in a means that’s sometimes unfixable.
Sacramento will begin Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, which sounds intriguing on paper.
However, when you realize that the Kings’ most often used five-man unit last year featured these same players together with all the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard rather than Collison and that stated unit handled a net evaluation of minus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, per, it is tough to see where the impression that this team can win stems from.
Maybe it’s the additions of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and newcomer Nik Stauskas. Perhaps it’s faith in Cousins’ continued advancement.
Who knows?
This is all a long way of saying that even if the powers that be in Sacramento believe this team has a chance to do anything, the cold reality of title chances at 250-1 is a far more accurate assessment.
Not this season, Kings.

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