The Sacramento Kings had a poor 2012 season, but they are poised for a change.
Keith Smart has explicitly said that the 2013 Kings will enter the season with a winning mindset. Because of this, I expect big things from this young, but extremely talented group. With new additions, the Kings will look to achieve a record above .500. At this moment, the Kings are in training camp, and getting into NBA shape for the upcoming season. As the 2013 season approaches, here are three things to look out for Sacramento this season:
Thomas Robinson Will Win Rookie of the Year: With the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Sacramento selected big man Thomas ‘Trob’ Robinson from Kansas. While the selection of a Power Forward wasn’t surprising for the Kings, having Robinson fall to them was. He not only has a presence down low, but has a mid-range jumper that reminds many people of Kevin Garnett and Chris Webber. Robinson will have competition from many talented players in Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, and Damian Lillard but with his talents and maturity, I expect him to have a good chance at winning Rookie of the Year.
Tyreke Evans Will Average 20-5-5: With a very poor season last year, Tyreke Evans will look to turn himself around. The Memphis product has many doubters complaining he is overrated, but being ranked as ESPN’s 69th best player in the NBA doesn’t appear he is overrated, but presumably underrated. Evans will play Small Forward for the Kings this season, and will prove critics wrong. Coming into the NBA, Tyreke surprised many people with these stats: 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. After his rookie season, Evans slowed down due to injuries, but still put up average numbers. This upcoming year I predict it will be Tyreke’s time to shine, as he will return to his rookie form.
The Sacramento Kings Will Make the Playoffs: With a 22-44 record, you think playoffs will not happen anytime soon. But the young Kings squad are waiting to burst out and find themselves right in the 7th spot. With leaders Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have all the pieces to the puzzle. But it’s Keith Smart’s turn to put it together. The Kings don’t have much experience in the playoffs, so I don’t expect them to get far. But going from 22-44 to an above .500 record will make people drop their jaws as the Kings power through their division.
By: Charlie DiSturco