A year after just missing the playoffs as the 9th seed, the Sacramento Kings looked to get better by improving their depth and adding veteran pieces to what is an already promising young core. The trio of Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox, and Marvin Bagley form on of the league’s best trio of young stars. Harrison Barnes will return on a new contract and the addition of Dewayne Dedmon will help for the starting lineup. The Kings also made numerous moves to bolster the bench and add some experienced vets to the roster.
|Point Guard PG|
|Shooting Guard SG|
|Small Forward SF|
|Power Forward PF|
|Point Guard PG|
|Shooting Guard SG||
|Small Forward SF||
|Power Forward PF||
While it’s no question De’Aaron Fox will be Sacramento’s starting point guard, the second year guard averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 assists and is quickly becoming one of the NBA’s best young point guards. With another year under his belt, it’s not too far fetched to bet on a double-double season in points and assists. Everything was up last year and I’d wager he gets even more chances to improve with more experience. Behind him on the depth chart is Cory Joseph who inked a 3 year deal this summer. He’s a decent veteran signing that will collect minutes that can do a bit of everything off the bench. Yogi Ferrell will spend another season as Fox’s backup though this time around, might see even less playing time. He’s not going to do too much for you in a dozen or so minutes but expect 6 points and a few assists and rebounds mixed in each game.
Buddy Hield will look to continue on his career high season where he racked up 20.7 points, 2.5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Those will certainly be tough to repeat with Fox looking to get more shot attempts but isn’t out of the picture. Coming over from New Orleans a few years ago has changed Hield’s career for the better and it’s entirely possible to expect the same. Bogdan Bogdanovic will take the backup shooting guard role after being the Kings’ 5th highest scorer last season. He’s a dependable shooter who will certainly get his fair share of attempts.
After opting out of his final season, Harrison Barnes is back on a new contract. The small forward came over in a midseason trade with the Dallas Mavericks last year and should have a lock for the starting role once again. He played heavy minutes at 33.9 per game and was the team’s highest veteran scorer. Barnes will be the Kings’ likely 4th option even with his veteran status. Behind him is another veteran, Trevor Ariza, who signed his own contract to join the team. Ariza is widely known as a great all around defender who still has the legs to score and be effective on both sides of the ball for heavy minutes.
Marvin Bagley is undoubtedly the starting power forward even though he only has one year of NBA experience. In his rookie campaign, he already averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in just 25.3 minutes of action each game. If they stretch his playing time to roughly 30-33 minutes per game, there’s a chance Bagley gets close to double-double territory. He’s an underrated forward who will only look to improve in his sophomore year. Playing behind him will be Nemanja Bjelica and Harry Giles. The duo are both expected to play key roles off the bench as Bjelica was the main power forward last season prior to Bagley getting starts. Giles is similarly useful in the scoring and rebounding departments.
Finally, Dewayne Dedmon will shore up the center spot after agreeing to a $40 million dollar contract over 3 years. He’s coming off a two year campaign with the Hawks where he averaged 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in his final season. The big man added a three point shot to his game that’s been fairly effective and he’ll be a great compliment to whoever he plays along at the power forward spot. His backup, Richaun Holmes, is a 4 year veteran from Phoenix who’s mainly utilized for his scoring and rebounding skills. Though not as experienced as Dedmon, Holmes will still get minutes as an effective backup.