What a difference five weeks may make.
Had these positions run in October, the Sacramento Kings definitely could have held among the spots. They had been a mess last season, and no one had hinted at breakout possible. Zach Randolph, who hasn’t logged a second this season and has been traded afterward waived in February, paced that group with 14.5 points per match.
But now, the Kings are creating a case for the NBA to make a Most Improved Team award.
The two Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox found methods to fast-forward their development. The former is a top-30 scorer and top-five three-point shooter. The latter is one of just 10 players averaging 17 points and seven assists. The frontcourt combination of Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles is loaded with promise. The game acts of bogdan Bogdanovic like connective tissue. Harrison Barnes is the jumbo needed.
The Kings have the wiggle room to buy this summer, although they’ll have to wait and see whether this roster is what eventually draws free agents to Sacramento. They do get dinged for not owning their selection, but at least frees the franchise to generate an all-out push for the postseason.
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