5 Ways To Make Sacramento Kings Better This Offseason

5 Ways To Make the Sacramento Kings Better This Offseason

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The Sacramento Kings have failed to win more than 30 games in each of the last four seasons. This year, the Kings are 24-45 and are in danger of extending their unfortunate streak. While this team has talent and explosive players, it lacks depth and experience. If the Kings are going to rise to Western Conference prominence anytime soon, they must do these five things.

5. Build a Reserve Unit

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5. Build a Reserve Unit

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This isn’t a knock against Carl Landry, but your team is in trouble if he is your best bench player. The Kings’ starting unit isn’t horrible, but the bench offers no help, especially offensively.

4. Add a Second Point Guard

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4. Add a Second Point Guard

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Isaiah Thomas is having a tremendous season and is averaging 6.4 assists to go with more than 20 points per game. While Thomas is an above-average point guard, reserve Ray McCallum is not. McCallum is a young project-type player. The Kings must add a guard to distribute when Thomas is resting on the bench. Sacramento is currently 30th in assists.

3. Stick with a coach

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3. Stick with a coach

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Who knows if Mike Malone is the answer in Sacramento or not, but the key to the team’s problems is the inconsistency at the top. Bringing in a new coaching staff every year hurts the progression of the young players. If Kings’ brass likes Malone, they should stick with him because another coaching change will be debilitating.

2. Build Around DeMarcus Cousins

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2. Build Around DeMarcus Cousins

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It would seem obvious that a team should build around its best young player, but it seems that Sac-town is doing anything except that. With a talent as dominant as Cousins is in the post, Sacramento would be much more balanced if it had effective spot-up shooters on the roster. This best way to do this is through free agency because shooting is a skill most rookies have to improve at.

1. Give up on Ben McLemore

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1. Give up on Ben McLemore

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The rookie guard is not one of the gems of the 2013 draft class. His projected strength, shooting, is not strong. I know it’s early in McLemore’s career, but with Thomas’ swift development, the Kings don’t have the time to wait and see if McLemore will become the player they hope he is. It’s better to cut ties with him early because this year’s draft class is deep at the two-guard. Despite his numbers, he could fetch some good prospects.

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