What a difference five weeks can create.
Had these rankings run in October, the Sacramento Kings would have held among the spots. They had been a 55-loss mess last season, and no one had hinted at possible. Zach Randolph, who has not logged a second this year and was exchanged afterward waived in February, paced that group with 14.5 points per game.
But the Kings are currently making a case for the NBA to make a Most Improved Team award.
The two Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox found ways to fast-forward their development. The prior is a scorer and top-five three-point shot. The latter is one of just 10 players averaging 17 points and seven assists. Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles’ frontcourt combo is loaded with promise. The game functions of bogdan Bogdanovic like tissue. Harrison Barnes is your jumbo.
The Kings have the wiggle room to purchase this summer, even though if this roster is what draws on free brokers to Sacramento, they’ll have to wait and see. They do get slightly dinged for not owning their pick, but at least frees the franchise.
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