My Sacramento Kings NBA Ranking + Trending Upwards/Downwards/Neutral for Upcoming Season

The Kings finished 13th in the Western Conference. They had a record of 29-53, .354% winning percentage. Obviously, there was no playoffs for them. Let’s see how they did in the offseason. After a huge fallout with the Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle, Rajon Rondo had to find a new home. He signed a one year deal with the Sacramento Kings. This can possibly be a disastrous move. At least it’s only for one season. They signed Kosta Koufos to a bigger deal even though he is largely unproven. He signed a 4yr/$33m contract. He should be a decent backup to DeMarcus Cousins nonetheless. They added another center by drafting defensively driven, Willie Cauley-Stein out of Kentucky. With limited minutes, he can get use to the NBA and the new offenses he has to face. Stein is quite limited on offense but his defense is why the Kings drafted him. The last notable signing the Kings did was to sign Marco Belinelli. I like this signing. The Kings struggled mightily with three point shooting and addressed that with Marco Belinelli. While it would help to have many shooters, bringing Marco is the right first step. Belinelli is a career .392% shooter from the 3pt line and just came off a postseason where he shot .467% in 16.6mpg for the Spurs last season.

To look at losses you will see that Nik Stauskas, Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson, and Carl Landry all have new homes. Jason and Carl were shipped to the 76ers, where Jason was later shipped to Golden State. Derrick signed with the Knicks this offseason. The Kings did want him back. Nik was also shipped to the 76ers. Nik and Derrick are probably the biggest losses. Stauskas has been a dissapointment thus far as he has lost confidence in his shot so a change of scenery was probably necessary but Stauskas was an effective 3pt shooter when he was drafted two years ago. It just feels like so early to give up on him now. Derrick is the other notable loss based on the fact that the Kings wanted him back. They are probably better off without him though as his potential has always been greater than his production. Now he can be someone else’s headache.

With Rudy Gay being thrown around in some rumors, the Kings may lose more games with him gone. I have them trending downwards for the new season with a ranking of #23.

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