The Sacramento Kings are tired of being a doormat in the West, and also the organization's strongest figures are laying down powerful rhetoric to this effect all offseason.
"This year, let us be clear, it's about wins and losses," owner Vivek Ranadive informed Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee.
General Manager Pete D'Alessandro told Jones:"We're 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 benefit a loyal fanbase by altering the culture. But prioritizing wins with a roster that simply isn't cut out to accumulate many of them may be a error. It's dangerous to change into short-term success manner too early; it may 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 sounds fascinating on paper.
But when you understand that the Kings' most frequently used five-man unit last year showcased these same players with all the departed Isaiah Thomas at point guard rather than Collison and that said unit managed a net evaluation of minus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com, it is hard to see where the belief that this group can win stems from.
Maybe it's the improvements of Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and rookie Nik Stauskas. Maybe it's religion in Cousins' continuing advancement.
This is a long method of saying that if the powers that be in Sacramento believe this team has a shot to do anything, the cold truth of name chances at 250-1 is a far more accurate appraisal.
Not this year, Kings.
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