It seems to me that the Kings have a bunch of talent, but everyone wants to shoot, no one wants to play defense, and they have a bunch of redundant players. What would it take to change their pass-first culture?
Tyreke hogs the ball and so does Cousins, but... um... they should. Those are the only two guys I'm convinced they need to keep.
Isaiah Thomas was a mostly underplayed bright spot again. However, a point guard who doesn't pass when no one else passes is the worst thing you could have. Maybe they should trade Isaiah for Utah's 21st pick. Utah wants a PG and they could use their 14th pick on a C.
With the 7th pick, the Kings could take pass-first PG Michael Carter-Williams and team-player SF Tony Snell with the 21st pick to knock down three's and play serious defense.
And really, that'd just be a start. Hell, maybe they should just throw the whole team out.
MCW would be a great fit with the kings. Don't know if Utah gives up a first round pick for an undersized, shoot first pg who thinks he's a sg
I disagree. McCollum's best fit would be in a Jazz uniform. At best he's a Lillard with better range, at worst he's a Randy Foye-type third guard and plays for 10 years. If he proves that he can be a starting point guard in the NBA at 6'3" and 200 pounds, he's going to be a pretty good player. If Sacramento offered the seventh pick to the Jazz for 14 (or Burks) and 21, Utah would eat that up.
MCW would be a perfect fit for the Kings. I think they should trade Evans to stockpile assets and show Cousins the he is the face of the franchise. Maybe he will grow up a little then.
Then I would be trying to clear cap space to bring in the right type of free agents to surround Cousins. They would be left with Cousin's and a playmaking PG with superior size that can defend either position and if they are smart a good supporting cast which I think is a pretty good start considering Cousins is a top 3 C in the league.
Evans is a restricted FA, I think someone will over pay for him and the Kings will not match.
First...get rid of Evans. Second...actually make good draft picks. Third...bring in a vet. PG. Fourth...slap DeMarcus and get him to play and think like a man! Kings have some talent, but not enough talent to make the playoffs right now. But hiring Malone is a great start. Their last three draft picks have been really bad!
They need a backup to Cousins (Chuck Hayes is not a center) and a real power forward. Thompson and Patterson are too soft and too small, respectively.
You mean someone like Thomas Robinson?
Looked absolutely terrible last season. His athletic game hasn't transferred @ all.
That was a horrible pick. Thank god Houston got suckered into taking him.
I agree with bringing in a vet big to smack Cousins around get him focused. Someone with multiple championship rings maybe, even if they're not the best player, a tough guy to show him how to be a professional.
Gotta get a true PG. Selling high on Thomas to get another 1st is a good start. I'd get that russian Sniper, Bullock or Ledo at 21.
I'd take Trey Burke over MCW. Even though I'm an analytics guy, how many PGs besides Rondo have been stars without being able to shoot outside of 3 ft? If the Kings could move back with say Minny get some extra assets and still get a PG at 9, that would help as well. I personally prefer schroeder to all 3.
Since the Kings really suck, I might be the one who promises Saric he can stay overseas for another year just so he stays in the draft. That gives you 2 good rookies next year ideally (prfereably Wiggins).
The Kings probably need to focus this next year on adding young players, getting Cousins head on straight and creating Tankapalooza to ensure they get one of the top players in next year's draft.
They have enough talent to contend for playoffs now with a real coach. At #7 and #36 they can add decent pieces. One good FA pickup would be all they need to get. They can show they are moving in the right direction, next year they become more attractive to FA's.
Draft CJ McCollum. Let Tyreke handle the ball, and let McCollum play off the ball. Now the backcourt is set. I'd keep Demarcus Cousins, but both him and Tyreke will need the lane cleared so they can operate. With that being said, we need to try to make a deal for a stretch 4 like Ilyasova, Anderson, or dare I say Bargnani(http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=m23ghqa).
That leaves the SF spot to fill. We would need a solid defender who could spot-up and hit 3's. if we can't draft someone like that in the second round, we could offer up Patterson or Thomas as a trade chip, or look to free agency.
If we didn't trade Patterson or Thomas, then I like those guys in my second unit. Now we look for an athletic player to come in to block shots, and maybe another shooter to sure up the bench.
MCW and evans in the same backcourt... when will the kings make a 3pt ?
In nowadays' nba, 3pts shoots are more and more important (major rise of 3pts attempted and made in the last 4 seasons) ... especially when you want to build a team around your talented headcase center.
Trey Burke or even CJ McCollum seem to be the best possible choices for Sacramento. Dealing Evans and Thornton wouldn't be a bad idea too...
I was thinking about that before I said any of this. It'd be an issue.
He needs another team.
"Tyreke hogs the ball and so does Cousins, but... um... they should."
Watch the Spurs, and say that great players should hog the ball. Padding stat lines doesn't make a player great. If you take Tyreke out of the equation, they have a really good shooting team with Thomas, Thornton, Fredette, Salmons, Patterson, Thompson, and Cousins can step outside too. If the ball moved freely and they put one another in a position to succeed, they would be a much better offensive team. They have the talent to be a lot better than they have played the past three or four years. The talent is part of the reason this is such a terrible draft for them. It is hard to look at the players who are going to be available at #7 and argue that they are going to be better than the players in place. If the culture is still lousy, the rookies are going to be no better served than the current crop.
Defensively, they need a coach that will use any means necessary (i.e. bench anyone) to get them to commit at that end. We will see if Malone has that power.
I'd get rid of everyone I can on the roster except for Cousins, Patterson and Isaiah Thomas. I wouldn't be keeping Thomas with the idea of making him the starting PG, but rather as my backup PG.
Then, using their lottery pick this year, I would take Trey Burke. They need a winner who demands respect from the other players on the roster and conducts himself professionally, Burke strikes me as that sort of player. He's also good at running the pick and roll, which he will do well with Cousins and Patterson.
That leaves the SG and SF positions, which I'd fill with decent veterans. I'd trade for Danny Granger, he's a veteran, plays well and has an expiring contract. The Kings have a lot of assets, the Pacers might be interested in a mutually beneficial trade. For the SG spot, I'd sign Tony Allen. Like Burke, he's a winner with outstanding effort and dedication. He'll give the team an identity just like he gave Memphis an identity. Watching accomplished veterans like Granger and Allen will force Cousins to tidy his act up.
PG - Trey Burke
SG - Tony Allen
SF - Danny Granger
PF - Patrick Patterson
C - DeMarcus Cousins
This lineup will perform better but won't make the playoffs. Then, using the lottery pick they'd get in the 2014 Draft, I'd get a small forward which would give the Kings a fighting chance to make the playoffs in the 2014-2015 season.
This isn't hard.
Pony up the cash and sign Josh Smith (or Al Jefferson). Let Tyreke go if he ends up overpaid, otherwise resign him. If you do let him go, look for a good defensive SF in the draft/free agent market. Draft Trey Burke if you can. If not, try to trade that pick for a quality PG. All else failing, try to sign and trade for Jeff Teague.
Marcus Thornton is too cheap to get rid of, at least right away. You're kinda hamstrung there. Fortunately, if you get a good passing PG, having Smith and Cousins inside will make help defense a little less attractive, or give your PG an open All Star to pass the ball to when he gets by his man. A smart, pass first PG who can break ankles is a requirement, though. Rondo would be perfect, but the Kings can't get him and probably can't afford to add his salary anyway.
The coach has to earn the respect of the team. Tyreke, Thornton, and especially Cousins are very stubborn, not overly coachable, and talented enough to think their way is the only way. That's a big hurdle that you have to get over as well. Winning games will go a long way to remedy this.
They need intelligence and leadership on that team, so I wouldn't be targeting Josh Smith. I think he'd just add to their problem.
They have the money to spend. I'd target guys like Millsap or Redick in FA, Trey Burke or Zeller in the draft
I'd let Tyreke, Douglas and James Johnson walk. I'd look to deal Thornton, either that or relegate him to strictly a 7th man shooting role. I'd even look overseas to see if they can find their own "Spurs" type players. Players who might not be as talented, but are skilled and know how to function in the half court. I'd look to get a core of players who just know how to play, surround Cousins with them and hope they rub off. Then see if they can draft a star next yr. I would stay away from the Josh Smith's of the league though.
Btw Burke, Thornton and Bullock (assuming you traded thomas for 21) you'd have some serious 3pt firepower to grow up with Cousins.
CJ McCollum should be their target in the draft. He's a combo guard who can play on-off the ball; if he's really "the next Steph Curry" then Tyreke can play the Jarrett Jack role that worked so well for Golden State with the added benefit of not being undersized defensively. So like what Jimmer was supposed to be.
Also, I disagree that Evans isn't coachable, if anything he's handled being switched from position to position pretty well over the years, even when he was playing the SF he didn't really complain that much.
I don't think the ball moved because the coach they hired didn't know how to coach an offensive system that is more complicated than pick and rolls. I think Evans needed strong coaching to develop and he was left with Keith Smart.
That said, for Tyreke's sake I want to see him going to Phoenix; they need a guy who can create his own shot, would fit well with Dragic and would be able to stay healthy for a change - don't underestimate the impact of injury on Reke's progress.
There's no saying whether he'll hit a good run of health and bounce back like Curry did after people giving up on him.
The site's mock draft has the Kings taking Jeff Withey at 36. He would be a GREAT player for them. He can block shots and run the floor and could work well with DeMarcus Cousins. I like those two together with Patrick Patterson as a more traditional power forward as their 3rd big man.
At 7 I think they should take Trey Burke as their point guard for the future. He and Tyreke Evans have enough talent to figure it out.
They should start/give Isaiah Thomas more minutes, let Evans hit the market (and watch him succeed on a new team), trade for Jamal Crawford at SG, Terrence Williams at SF, Martell Webster at PF (this would be retarded/physically impossible for Webster), get Spencer Hawes back. Now what do you have??? All Seattle ballers....so dumb, so unrealistic, but it was fun to think about. That squad would be such a dysfunctional head case filled team! hahaha
Seriously though the above statement on Evans is what I think will happen, it doesn't even need to be rookie year numbers or better. I just think that the Kings organization is so bad that they cant afford to move Evans to a smaller role, because not only would he felt disrespected that the KINGS want to decrease his role, but also then his value decrease if they ever had any plans of trading him. I dont know, this team just needs to stick to some idea. I mean s**t at least the Bobcats have Kemba & MKG. I'd take that any day over a duo of Evans & Cousins who cant seem to be professionals.
I'd probably keep Evans. He has his issues, but is also a potential superstar type. Hard to give that up.
If you are going to let go of one of them, I think you deal Cousins. You could potentially get really good value. T.Zeller, 1.1 and something like the future pick Miami owes Cleveland. Maybe Horford and 17?
One way or another, they need to get a high character, team first player who isn't a volume shooter at 7. Could be a PG like MCW/Burke, a PF like Zeller or a multi faceted SF like Porter.
Then you try to get value for some other assets while shedding salary. Thornton could fetch you something and someone might take on Thompson. If you draft a PG high, maybe you also deal Thomas.
Offensively they were actually pretty good. Top 3rd of the league. Just need to build off that, no need to get crazy on that end. Maybe just employ a system around Reke and Cuz like a Stockton/Malone pick n role type offense (not that Reke needs a pick to get open but at least all plays will involve both them). Get rid of guys who won't fall in line with this type of offense (Thornton, Hayes maybe Isaiah too). Keep guys who will just shut up and play (Douglas, Fredette, Patterson, Aldrich, Outlaw, Thompson). Draft a shot blocker or three point specialist, Len or Adams will work, Noel if he gets that low but not likely. Just make sure to draft a guy who will fall in line and not be a spot light type guy - I'd even be ok with Zeller. No to Burke, Bennett, Muhammad.
I know. They like Shabazz. Supposedly Malone interviewed him for 10 minutes alone. That's scary. I like Shabazz more than most, but he'd be the worst person for the Kings to pick.