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How the Kings may already have most of their core intact

How the Kings may already have most of their core intact
Published On: Sat, Sep 30
Apr 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) dribbles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 114-112. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

As another NBA chapter nears, its time for our season previews. How many pieces do the Kings have in place?

Expected Conference Ranking: 14th

Best Move of the Offseason: Picking DeAaron Fox No. 5 overall. The Kings dont swing for the fences with draft picks. They bunt. They somehow turned the No. 8 pick in an eight-player draft in 2016 into the 20th-best player. Thomas Robinson was their actual No. 5 pick once. He and Nik Stauskas were both gone so quickly that they dont even qualify as eras. There was a Thomas Robinson season. These are high lottery picks!

They finally took a real shot on someone with star potential in Fox. It may work out and it may not, but at least theyre thinking like a team with a real plan moving forward.

Worst Move of the Offseason: Look, Im all for signing veterans to help set a culture. It was a really cool idea in theory. But why do they need multi-year deals? If there was any sort of market for George Hill or Zach Randolph, they wouldnt be playing for the Kings right now. Sacramento had all of the leverage here. And yet, they still compromised their cap space for players who will never win a championship for them.

Tony Allen signed for the veterans minimum. Why isnt that the kind of culture contract the Kings are giving out? Why do they need to pay real money to players who dont affect their long-term future on the court? It was a good idea that spun entirely too far out of control.

Their Offense: Hey, this thing might look like a real offense for once! Fox will run actual pick-and-rolls, and Willie Cauley-Stein will dunk the lobs that come from it. Buddy Hield will run around screens and hit open shots. The Kings arent going to score many points because they are something like three years away from fielding a team with competitive NBA talent, but the skeleton will exist here.

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