What a difference five weeks can create.
Had these rankings run in October, the Sacramento Kings surely could have held among the lowest spots. They were a 55-loss mess just last year, and nobody had even hinted at breakout potential. Zach Randolph, who hasn’t logged a second this season and has been traded afterward waived in February, paced that group together with 14.5 points per match.
But now, the Kings are creating a case for the NBA to create a Most Improved award.
The two De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield found ways to fast-forward their development. The prior is a top-30 scorer and also shooter. The latter is among only 10 players averaging seven assists and 17 points. Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles’ frontcourt combination is filled with promise. The game acts of bogdan Bogdanovic like connective tissue. Harrison Barnes is the jumbo needed.
The Kings have the wiggle room to purchase this summer, although they’ll have to wait and see whether this roster is what draws agents to Sacramento. They do get slightly dinged for not owning their forthcoming first-round selection, but at least frees the franchise to generate an all-out push for the postseason.
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