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NBA Future Power Rankings: 29. Sacramento Kings

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Sacramento Kings: It seems each season the Kings are trying to prove that they are the most dysfunctional franchise in the league. Yet again the only thing keeping them from the bottom of these rankings is DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is arguably the best center in the NBA and is still under contract for two more seasons. Despite having a talent like Cousins, the Kings remain directionless. With Cousins, Kosta Koufos, and Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento already have three very good centers. The smart move would have probably been to trade one of them to fill some of the many holes on the roster. Instead of trading centers, the Kings acquired two more in the draft in rookies Georgios Papagiannis, and Skal Labissiere. Both picks may prove to be solid players, but it is hard to see how they will get any playing time for the Kings. Shooting guard Ben McLemore appears to be a prime trade candidate. The Kings acquired rookie Malachi Richardson and signed veterans Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple. Considering all three play McLemore’s position, it is clear the Kings are unhappy with his development. The Kings are loaded with centers and shooting guards and seem to have forgotten that there are three other positions on the floor. The point guard situation is especially concerning after Rajon Rondo left via free agency and with Darren Collison facing a domestic violence charge. If the Kings somehow have a successful season it will cost them their 1st round pick (Chicago owns the Kings top-10 protected 1st round pick). In addition the 76ers own the Kings unprotected 2019 1st rounder. Perhaps the best move for the Kings is to trade Cousins and acquire young players and picks to help speed up the rebuilding process.

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