Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Season Preview
Sacramento Kings Preview
Last Season Recap: The Sacramento Kings had one of the most dramatic turnovers in sports history, after a bitter battle to prevent the sale and subsequent relocation of the franchise to a Seattle based investment group. The politics of basketball had far more excitement than the playing of basketball last year, as the Kings promptly went on to another dismal season, after reaching the lottery for the 8th straight time. The new ownership group, front office, and coaching staff was unified in saying that last year was not about wins, but roster construction and culture change. Determining if the culture has changed is difficult, but there are only two players who remain on the roster since before ownership changed hands, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson.
Off-Season: The Kings were involved in a ridiculous amount of rumors this off-season. The strangest thing is that none of them came to fruition with the exception of Jason Terry exiting before every suiting up in the black and purple. Easily the most controversial move was letting Isaiah Thomas walk for a trade exception and a lifelong D-Leaguer and then signing a slightly cheaper point guard in Darren Collison. This move was highly criticized by local Sacramento fans and the national media. The bright spot of the off-season came when Rudy Gay picked up his pricey $19.3 million player option. Then Kings then made better on their point guard situation with a beautiful value signing of Ramon Sessions at around $4 million for 2 years. Additionally, the Kings young guns won the Las Vegas Summer League title to cap an eventful off-season.
Regular Season: This is going to be a see-saw up and down season. There will be times when the Kings seem to be rolling and dominate and times where they appear on the dreaded “tank rank” radar. The Kings should be improved on defense and have seemingly gained some depth that wasn’t available last year, with the return of a healthy Landry, and the bench additions of Stauskas, Sessions, Casspi, and Hollins. The first 10 games of the season are one of the most brutal stretches in the NBA in terms of strength of schedule, but they then have some very favorable stretches later in the season. The Kings are still young, raw, and unpredictable. I project an improvement over their 28 wins of last year, but nothing drastic.
*Photos via USA Today
-By Dustin Bailey