The Sacramento Kings were able to squeeze out a win against the Orlando Magic Saturday night, 105-100. Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay both had 23 points for the Kings, but it is only the second win in since Gay’s joining. Since acquiring Gay in a trade with the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento is only 2-4, hardly the change they had hoped to see. Currently the Kings are 8-18 and way behind in the playoff race out West.
Sacramento had hoped that Gay would turn their season around and maybe even earn the Kings a postseason birth, but the early season move has yet to pay dividends. The combination of Gay, Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins has shown promise, but not in the win column.
It will take more than six games for Gay to become comfortable with his new team, however, the Kings may have to write off this season and focus toward next year. Unless Sacramento can begin to click very soon, the long postseason drought will continue for a team that was once at the top of the NBA Western Conference. The last time the Kings made the playoffs was the 2006-2007 season, when Mike Bibby and Brad Miller still played for the capital of California.
This season is not showing much promise in terms of the playoffs, but there is hope for fans of Sacramento. I’ve said before that I like the potential that Thomas, Gay and Cousins have as a trio. Thomas gives great passing ability as point guard and floor general, Cousins is slowly becoming a powerful force in the post and Gay has the high flying and scoring ability. Patience and time will help these three young players become better as a group. Until then, the Kings may want to look into supplying their bench with better players to backup their young trio.
Sacramento will have to be patient, but I believe the Gay trade was well worth it and will pay off for a franchise that has struggled for nearly eight years.