The Sacramento Kings are an absolute mess right now. They have the potential sale of the franchise to a group that plans to move the team to Seattle, a generally unsuccessful 19-35 season, and a horribly constructed roster all weighing on them at the same time. But the biggest of those problems is definitely the team that they trot out on the floor night after night.
It’s not that the Kings don’t have any talent on their roster. Guys like DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson and many other players for Sacramento all have definite potential to be quality players in the NBA. However, these guys aren’t able to be consistently solid players because of the way the Kings roster is built.
Everywhere you look on Sacramento’s roster there seems to be the same skill sets. It’s a lesson in redundancy and in how to not build a team. No one on the Kings really has any type of set role or purpose when they’re on the floor. They’re basically assembled like a highly paid pick-up team. That causes them to struggle as players and as a team.
The Kings rank in the middle of the league in points per game at 96.8, but rank 23rd in the league in field goal percentage at 43.9 percent. They also rank last in the NBA in opposing points per game at 103.8 points per game and 28th in the league in opposing field goal percentage at 46.8 percent.
Those stats really just show the lack of purpose and identity on this team. Their strategy changes from game-to-game. One night they will feed the ball to Cousins in the post and the next they will chuck up everything from the perimeter. It doesn’t matter which one works better because they don’t know who they are.
So given that, they need to start rebuilding this team. One of the more obvious ways to start doing that is to be active before the Feb. 21 NBA Trade Deadline. By trading some of their valuable assets away, the Kings would be able to acquire talented players that would help them develop a team concept that goes beyond 13 guys who play basketball together.
However, after making noise earlier in the season about the possibility of Cousins being dealt, the Kings have been quiet in recent weeks in regards to trade-talk. It’s understandable if they want to hold on to a potential All-Star like Cousins, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other tradeable pieces.
Right now, it simply looks like, in the midst of the potential sale of the franchise, it seems like the Maloofs are just content to wait things out with the roster they have now. For the franchise’s sake, that’s an awful idea.
If they want to be a quality team, in Sacramento or Seattle, they have to mix things up and bring some new guys onto their roster so they can develop an identity. As of right now, their roster is a catastrophe. A change of scenery isn’t going to change that.