Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft
The Sacramento Kings are highly unlikely to have much action in free agency this offseason due to their lack of financial flexibility. However, the team is expected to explore trade options, so this depth is certainly subject to change drastically. As of today, though, here is Sacramento's updated depth chart following the NBA Draft.
1. Ray McCallum
The Kings are seriously lacking in the point guard department as starter Isaiah Thomas has officially hit free agency. Though the Kings are expected to match any offer Thomas receives, McCallum appears to be the man until then. To his credit, he did show flashes of a tremendous upside, especially when he torched the Los Angeles Lakers during a regular season matchup.
1. Ben McLemore
2. Nik Stauskas
Despite drafting Stauskas with the No. 8 overall pick, do not expect him to be handed the starting job immediately. The Sacramento brass will have to observe his play in a few real NBA games before deciding his role on the team. Until then, Ben McLemore is the likely candidate to start at shooting guard this season.
1. Rudy Gay
2. Derrick Williams
3. Travis Outlaw
Rudy Gay wavered back and forth a bit before he ultimately decided to opt in to the final year of his contract in Sacramento. He appeared to have found a home last season, so I do not expect him to lose his starting job any time soon. Derrick Williams will also receive significant time at the SF position as well as PF off the bench.
1. Carl Landry
2. Jason Thompson
3. Quincy Acy
4. Reggie Evans
As you can see Sacramento has quite a few power forwards headed into next season. Carl Landry was injury ridden for the majority of the 2013-14 season, but he is the best PF on the roster today. If healthy he should be the starter for the majority of the year, but don't be surprised to see him and Jason Thompson switching in and out of the starting lineup.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is by far Sacramento's best player on the floor on a nightly basis. He is the franchise player, and unless he gets into some sort of trouble, which he is more than likely to do, Cousins will start every single game he is healthy for. Without him on the floor the Kings struggle mightily to produce offensively.