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Sacramento Kings Betting Outlook
Eastern/Western NBA Conference Odds: +8500
Preseason NBA Championship Odds: +14000
The Sacramento Kings continue to seemingly rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.The team hasn’t finished .500 or better since the 2005-06 season, which was incidentally the Kings’ last postseason appearance. With a lottery pick and a chance to improve the team, Sacramento picked a point guard — the same position that its best player, De’Aaron Fox, plays.
Fox and backcourt mate Buddy Hield were the team’s top scorers a season ago, with the team lacking for interior play. Coach Luke Walton is going to have his work cut out for him again, though the addition of Hassan Whiteside (league-leading 2.9 blocks in 2019-20) will at least give Sacramento a shot-blocker in the paint.
In a conference that seems to have more teams on the rise than trending down, the Kings are going to have a hard time moving upstream anytime soon.
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Regular Season Record: 20-52
Conference Standing: 14th
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De’Aaron Fox has been an impact player since coming into the NBA three seasons ago, improving his scoring average and overall shooting percentage in each year he’s been with the Kings. While Fox is a great scorer, averaging 21.1 points per game, he may need to become even more of a playmaker for the Kings to improve as a team. There are a lot of complementary pieces on this roster that need a leader, but is the 22-year-old ready to take that role?
The Kings would love to see forward Marvin Bagley III rebound from a disappointing 2019-20 season in which he only played in 13 games. Bagley had a thumb injury that sidelined him prior to the pandemic shutdown, then hurt his foot in practices prior to the Orlando restart, forcing him out for all eight of those games. The 2018 No. 2 overall pick is still seeking to live up to his draft billing, but if he can be a presence in the interior, it would be a big boost for the Kings.
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Sacramento Kings Team History
The Sacramento Kings have been around for almost 100 years, having been originally formed as the Rochester Seagrams in 1923 as a semi-professional team.The team joined the National Basketball League in 1945 as the Rochester Royals, winning the league championship in their first season in 1945-46.
The team moved to the Basketball Association of America in 1948 and won a title in 1951 after that league had become the National Basketball Association. Despite the on-court success, the team struggled to make money in the small Rochester market, leading to a move to Cincinnati in 1957.
Even though it had one of the all-time great guards in Oscar Robertson, who won the league’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1960-61 and averaged 29.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.3 assists in 10 years with the franchise, the team couldn’t find much team success. The Royals moved again in 1972 to Kansas City, Mo., and changed their name to the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, splitting their home games between Kansas City and Omaha, Neb.
By 1975, the team was playing home games only in Kansas City, leading to the name change to the Kansas City Kings in 1977.The team’s best success in Kansas City came in 1981, when it made the Western Conference finals despite finishing the regular season with a 40-42 record. By 1985, the team was on the move again, relocating to its current home in Sacramento, Calif.
The move didn’t bring a lot of on-court success until the early 2000s, when Rick Adelman coached a team that featured Chris Webber, Jason Williams, Mike Bibby and Vlade Divac made the postseason eight straight years, including an appearance in the Western Conference finals in 2002.
After many of the stars of those teams were traded away, the Kings’ postseason run ended, and the team hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. Despite multiple high picks in the NBA Draft, Sacramento hasn’t had a .500 record since 2005-06.
Sixteen players that are in the Basketball Hall of Fame spent part of their careers with the franchise, including Robertson, Divac, Bob Cousy, Tiny Archibald, Mitch Richmond, Jack Twyman, and Jerry Lucas.
The Kings started the 2019-20 season with their 10th head coach in the 13 years since Adelman’s contract was not renewed in 2006. Luke Walton came to the Kings after three seasons as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach.
Unfortunately, the change in coaches didn’t lead to a change in fortune for the Kings, who started the season with five straight losses. Wins in seven of the next 10 games got the team to 7-8 on the season, but that was as close to the .500 mark that the Kings would get all season.
The team was 28-36 when the NBA was forced to postpone the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Sacramento was one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA bubble in Orlando to complete the campaign. Even the long break didn’t help the Kings, who went 3-5 to finish the season at 31-41.
In his third NBA season, point guard De’Aaron Fox led the team in scoring (21.1 points), assists (6.8) and steals (1.5) and is considered a building block for the future. Backcourt mate Buddy Hield averaged 19.2 points to finish second on the team in scoring.
Divac was fired from his post of general manager after the season after spending five seasons in the position and was replaced by Hall of Fame guard and ex-Pistons GM Joe Dumars.
Hassan Whiteside, center, Portland Trail Blazers
Frank Kaminsky, forward, Phoenix Suns
Glenn Robinson III, forward, Philadelphia 76ers
Bogdan Bogdanovic, forward, Atlanta Hawks
Harry Giles III, forward/center, Portland Trail Blazers
Jahmi’us Ramsey, guard, Texas Tech
Tyrese Haliburton, guard, Iowa State
Robert Woodard II, forward, Mississippi State
Luke Walton has been around the NBA his entire life since his father is Hall of Fame center Bill Walton. After starring as a player at Arizona, Walton had a 10-year NBA playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, winning two NBA titles with the Lakers.
Following his playing career, Walton joined the Golden State Warriors as Steve Kerr’s assistant for the 2004-05 season, helping the team to an NBA title in his first year. Walton took over the head coaching duties for the team for the first 43 games of the 2005-06 campaign while Kerr recovered from back surgery, guiding the Warriors to a 39-4 record, the second-best start in NBA history.
After another trip to the NBA Finals with the Warriors, Walton was named the Los Angeles Lakers head coach for the 2016-17 campaign. The team improved by nine wins in each of Walton’s first two seasons, but the arrival of LeBron James to the team for the 2018-19 season raised expectations. When the Lakers failed to make the playoffs, Walton was let go.
In his first season as Sacramento’s head coach, Walton had a 31-41 mark, putting his career record at 129-189 (the 39-4 mark with Golden State wasn’t officially credited to Walton because he was acting as interim coach).
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