Kings Update – May
It may not have shown up in the team's record this season, but the Sacramento Kings made
strides this season. The team landed a veteran scorer when they traded for swingman Rudy Gay. Gay was struggling to start
the season as a member of the Toronto Raptors and the Kings saw the chance to land a borderline All-Star forward. The move
turned out to work well for both the Kings and Gay, who played much better after arriving in Northern California. Gay has
a player option that he can exercise for a hefty season of salary, though it's unclear right now whether he'll opt to exercise
that option. The organization maintains that it wants to retain Gay's services even if he opts for free agency, though they'll
have to hand out a pricey deal for multiple years.
The Kings also found a potential star point guard in Isaiah Thomas,
who took over when opening day starter Greivis Vasquez was shipped north of the border in the Gay deal. Thomas may only stand
5'9" tall, but that does not seem to affect the Washington product at all. Thomas put together a fantastic season, though
he is another player whose impending free agency will need to be addressed by the Kings. Thomas will be a restricted free
agent, but he could receive a large offer from another club in desperate need of a floor general. The Kings do have seventh-best
odds of winning the NBA Draft Lottery, which would give them the top pick in the draft. Even if they won't win the lottery,
they're a lock to have a Top 10 pick, and there are some intriguing point guard prospects that should be available at that
juncture of the draft. The Kings would want a leader that could step in right away and help the team improve; Oklahoma State's
Marcus Smart could fit the bill.
Kings Update – April
The Sacramento Kings are not going to make
the postseason this year, but they have laid some nice groundwork for future seasons, making some big moves over the course
of the year and finding that they have two young star players on their roster. The Kings are likely to build their roster
around big man DeMarcus Cousins and point guard Isiah Thomas going forward, as both of these players have taken big steps
forward in 2013-14. The Kings won six of their 16 games in the month of March, and while it was not a banner month for the
team they did get some nice victories along the way. The Kings were able to take down the Washington Wizards on March 18th.
The Wizards will be in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, so this was certainly a quality win for the Kings. Sacramento
saw Thomas, Cousins and Rudy Gay all score 24 points in the game. Thomas actually had a triple-double in the contest, adding
11 rebounds and 10 assists along the way. Cousins had a double-double himself thanks to 14 boards.
The Kings were also
able to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans on two occasions. While New Orleans will also find themselves on the outside looking
in come playoff time, they do have an emerging star player in Anthony David. The Kings were able to overcome Davis twice in
March, giving them two solid victories. The Kings will look to get some big wins during the month of April as well, and they
could play spoiler when they match up with some playoff hopefuls. Sacramento will play a multitude of teams fighting for a
spot in the Western Conference playoffs this month, such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.
Kings Update – March
The Sacramento Kings are looking to finish the season strong, and the team had some
positives signs come through in the month of February. The Kings went 5-7 in February, and one of those victories came against
the Chicago Bulls on February 3rd. The Bulls are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, and while the East is
a bit on the weak side this season, Chicago is not a team to be taken lightly. DeMarcus Cousins was absolutely dominant against
the Bulls in this one, dropping 25 points and hauling in 16 rebounds. Cousins is one of the most skilled big men in the league,
and while he needs to work on his play on the defensive end, there is no denying that few players at his size have the skill
set to score in the variety of ways that Cousins can. Isaiah Thomas continued his breakout season in this contest, chipping
in 19 points. The Bulls got 17 points out of Jimmy Butler, but it was not enough to dethrone the Kings in this game.
nights later the Kings took on the Toronto Raptors at home, where they were able to tame the team from north of the border.
The Raptors played some very good basketball during the month of February, but Cousins made sure that Toronto didn't win this
one, posting 25 points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay chipped in a double-double of his own as well. Gay has been an improved player
since coming over to Sacramento from Toronto earlier this season. Both teams have fared better as a result of the deal, something
that one doesn't see too often in the National Basketball Association. The Kings will look to get some big wins down the stretch
this season as they further evaluate their roster.
The Sacramento Kings - Schedule in 2013-14
Kings are ready to rule over the Pacific Division this season, and they're prepared to defeat some of the best teams in the
National Basketball Association along the way. The Kings have a team filled with talented players that can do some serious
damage on the court if things come together in Sacramento this season. The Kings were unable to make the postseason in 2012-13,
finishing in fourth place in the Pacific Division with a 28-54 record. The Pacific is packed to the brim with top teams, so
the road to a winning record and a playoff berth is never easy when a team calls this division home, but the Kings are ready
to rise above the rest as they take their game to the next level. The team has an elite post player in big man DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins has the skill set of a much smaller player, and with his frame he is able to dominate opposing big men just about
every time he hits the floor. The team has also found quite the dynamic player at the point guard position in Isaiah Thomas,
the small but speedy sparkplug that can really get this Kings offense on the move. The team has high hopes for this season,
but they know it's going to take some consistent play at home. Sleep Train Arena will be the site for many a big game this
season, and the stands will be packed with passionate Kings fans as they cheer on the team to a huge victory. This should
be a telling season of Sacramento Kings basketball.
The Kings will certainly look forward to any time the Los Angeles
Clippers visit Sleep Train Arena in 2013-14. The Clippers won the Pacific Division title last season and are looking to do
so yet again this time around. Los Angeles has NBA Championship aspirations, and for good reason, so they're going to be tough
to defeat any time they hit the court. The Kings will certainly look to establish Cousins in the post early and often against
the Clippers, but he'll have to deal with an athletic defender in DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers have one of the best point
guards in the National Basketball Association in Chris Paul, and it's never easy to slow him down. Paul is not only a serious
scoring threat, but he's probably the best floor general in the league. Paul makes all of his teammates better, and one player
that benefits from Paul's passing ability forward Blake Griffin. Griffin is one of the most athletic players in the league,
and his physical abilities allow him to get easy buckets regularly. If the Kings can take down the Clippers one or more times
this season it will show that this team is ready to compete with the big boys in the conference.
Sacramento will surely
be excited to play against the Golden State Warriors any time the team comes into Sleep Train Arena this season. The Warriors
are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA, thanks largely in part to the presence of point guard Steph Curry. Curry is
one of the top players in the league right now, boasting the ability to show from nearly anywhere on the court with staggering
accuracy. Curry is one half of what is one of the best shooting backcourts in the history of the NBA, as his backcourt mate
Klay Thompson is a sharpshooter as well. Stopping these two players from shooting the Kings out of the game is something that
Sacramento will surely focus on throughout any contest in which the Warriors hit the court at Sleep Train Arena.
The Sacramento Kings are a team that is a member of the National Basketball Association, pro sports league that
represents the highest level of basketball competition. The Kings belong to the Pacific Division of the Western Conference,
a division that also features the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. These
Kings have a talented group of players that could have this team competing for the playoff spot in the West this season. The
team has one of the top young players in the NBA in big man DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is a premier low post player that has
developed into a double-double machine. He has a solid supporting cast around him, one that features Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas.
Gay came over in a midseason deal with the Toronto Raptors and gives the Kings a potent offensive weapon capable of creating
his own shot. Thomas took over the starting gig at point guard early in the season and has taken advantage of the opportunity.
This team certainly is not lacking in talent; they just need to find their way as a young group.
National Basketball Association provides hoops fans with the chance to see all of their favorite pro basketball players hit
the court in person, and when you hit the stands at Sleep Train Arena for a Kings game you'll be treated to seeing a great
game every time out.
Who did the Kings use their first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to select?
answer is shooting guard Ben McLemore, who starred during his collegiate career at Kansas and gained a reputation as a dead-eye
shooter in the process.
The Sacramento Kings are a pro basketball franchise that plays in
the National Basketball Association, a league that gives fans the chance to see the top players in the world hit the court.
The Kings were founded in 1923 as the Rochester Seagrams and underwent many a name change before moving to Sacramento in 1985.
The team has called Sacramento home since then and seen some great players hit the court to play for the franchise over the
years. The Kings won the NBA Championship in 1951 when they were the Rochester Royals.
the National Basketball Association love their basketball, and that's obvious to anyone that attends an NBA game that these
fanatics simply can't get enough of pro hoops action. Join them at Sleep Train Arena this season to see a Kings game and see
what it's all about.