The future of the Sacramento Kings for the 2013-14 NBA season and beyond is incredibly hard to forecast. There are a ton of factors in play that are nearly impossible to predict. How will rookie Ben McLemore pan out? Will DeMarcus Cousins commit to working hard and becoming a more mature player? How is the new ownership group and front office going to change this team? These are major inquiries that need to be answered to predict anything about the Kings.
Taking a stab at how they will fare in the 2013-14 season, though, I don’t see the joyful emotions from the team staying in the city instead of being sold to a group that planned to move them to Seattle lasting for long. Essentially, I think the damage done by the Maloofs and previous front office regime is still in the process of being taken care of, which doesn’t mean a great deal of success.
The Kings have one of the more interesting over/under lines of any team in the league. Bovada, one of the more famous sports books out there, currently has their line set at 31.5 wins for this season. The Kings grabbed only 28 wins last season and Vegas is obviously predicting a bit of improvement given the over/under line. However, I’m not sure I see that much improvement happening.
Sacramento has a ton of talent in players like Cousins, McLemore, Isaiah Thomas and several others. However, there’s no cohesion to this roster. There’s no over-arching idea to how this roster is assembled other than, “these guys are all individually pretty good at basketball—let’s put them on a team together and see what happens.” That’s how you assemble a team at your local YMCA, not in the NBA.
Even with the additions of Greivis Vasquez, now-injured Carl Landry, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and McLemore, I don’t see this team being able to do much better than the 28 wins they grabbed last season. They still don’t seem to have a purpose as a team, don’t have real roles, and are going to be awful defensively once again. If you’re a gambling man, there’s too much evidence to take the over for the Kings, so I’m saying under.