After years of being the laughing stock of the league, and countless draft picks not working out, the Kings are looking like a team on the rise. Both De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield have had career years so far, making us ask the question if they are the future for Sacramento? They still need some other pieces in place, but pushing for a playoff spot already is a huge step for this group. Fox and Hield are looking like an excellent duo for the future. Fox is distributing the ball nicely, and his scoring has been up. Hield has always been a shooter, but his consistency at a high volume is impressive.
Where Does Harrison Barnes Fit In?
Dallas traded Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings just before the deadline, which didn’t make much sense at first for Sacramento. While they need wing depth and a scorer, Barnes is more of the depth part of that statement. He is a short term solution at the moment, and they are overpaying a bad contract given out by Dallas, but it won’t affect their ability to keep growing as a team. Barnes is what he is at this point of his career, and isn’t going to give you above average work at either end of the court.
Will Sacramento Move On From Willie Cauley-Stein?
This was always a pick that had upside, but Willie Cauley-Stein hasn’t panned out to his potential ceiling. The defensive factor to why he was touted so highly was a major let down. He is on the books for next year, and then will be a free agent. There are no current centers on the roster that are ready to step in, but they will have some draft picks and moves to make if they go a different direction. Needing to improve in rebounding and the defensive side of the ball, it is likely that will happen.