There's a lot of excitement around the Sacramento Kings heading into the 2019-20 NBA Season, and it's for good reason. After a year in which the Kings caught the entire NBA by surprise, much have penciled in this Sacramento team as a sneaky Playoff contender for the upcoming year. Let's take a look at why you shouldn't be surprised if the Kings continue to build off an impressive year.
DE'AARON FOX TURNING INTO A STAR
- If you didn't jump on the hype train last year, we are pretty sure you can still find room...but it's filling up in a hurry. Fox was absolutely fantastic last year and has opened eyes around the league as one of the up and coming stars across the NBA as a floor general. Fox spent the Summer playing with Team USA, before coming down with an injury that forced him to sit out the FIBA World Cup. Still, Fox looked to be one of the best players on the court during the Team USA scrimmage, and it looks as if the game has continued to slow down for him. He's an intriguing option to make his first NBA All-Star team this year if he continues to take another step forward in his development.
BUDDY HIELD DEVELOPMENT
- One of the most intriguing storylines last year was the surge of production from Kings guard Buddy Hield. Buddy saw a big jump in his points per game, jumping from 13.5 in 2017-18 to 20.7 last year. Hield has turned into a threat from outside, and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to add to his offensive firepower. Expect the Kings to challenge Buddy to continue to develop his arsenal of scoring, especially as a threat off of the bounce.
MARVIN BAGLEY III BREAKOUT YEAR
- It was a bit of a strange rookie season for last year's 2nd overall selection Marvin Bagley III. It seemed as if there was a rift between management and then Head Coach Dave Joerger about the amount of playing time Bagley was receiving. Bagley's production wasn't the problem, as he averaged 14.9 PPG and 7.6 REB in 25.3 MIN of play. Fast forward to this year, and Bagley should be ready to roll under a new coaching staff.
LUKE WALTON AND STAFF
- This will probably be one of the most intriguing storylines of the Sacramento Kings season. After Dave Joerger almost took the Kings to a playoff berth, the Kings organization decided to go another direction and hired former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton. Something that NBA fans might not be paying enough attention to is the addition of former Phoenix Suns Head Coach Igor Kokoskov. It's expected that Kokoskov will oversee the Kings' offensive system, and he should be a pleasant addition, especially for the talented backcourt of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield.
- There's some intrigue here especially with the offseason the Kings put together. The message should be clear...this organization is ready for the Kings to make a playoff run. With the resigning of Harrison Barnes and key veteran additions such as Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon, and Cory Joseph, the Kings have added some nice pieces to the puzzle. Can they gel together and give this Kings team a boost towards making a playoff run? An important name to remember is Bogdan Bogdanovic. During his play in the FIBA World Cup, Bogdanovic was sensational and has had a history of returning to the NBA from an offseason of international play and coming out of the gates on fire.
|De'Aaron Fox||Buddy Hield||Harrison Barnes||Marvin Bagley III||Dewayne Dedmon|
|Cory Joseph||Bogdan Bogdanovic||Trevor Ariza||Nemanja Bjelica||Harry Giles III|
|Yogi Ferrell||Justin James||Troy Williams||Richaun Holmes||Caleb Swanigan|
- It's not going to be crazy to argue that this Sacramento Kings team should make the playoffs this year. Even in the "barfight" of the Western Conference this year, the Kings have all of the tools to make a sneaky run for a playoff berth. If Marvin Bagley III performs like everyone hopes he does in year two, and the backcourt continues to blossom...it might just be what the Kings need to find themselves back in the Playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.