Why its time for Kings' fans to demand better 2/22/18

The Rise Guys
Thursday, February 22nd

Can the fans get a higher draft pick?


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The NBA season has reason to leave you know they kings are back in action tonight against the I forget who they play Seattle they're playing the Seattle Sonics somebody I know they play I don't number. I think you need to say it out. Now I can't oh circle back rather play in the Seattle Sonics they say the Oklahoma City Thunder that's OK fair enough you know how so many NBA teams now well NBA teams have multiple jerseys then you know which is it's kind of cool to see I really like Utah's. Red and yellow jerseys like I think their tribute to the what the red rock the an and Donovan Mitchell war won them during the slam dunk contest really kind of cool I have an idea for another kings alternate jerseys too late to work it in this year. They should have jerseys that say bizarre rose burgers. Bizarrely fast that's as it turns out that's what the kings are among other things that they are the bizarre O spurs and the Sacramento bee pointed this out. Over the weekend Phillip Reese put together a little piece here. Which points out that the kings have been the most consistent and worst NBA franchise this decade. And this is why I say it's just about time now opera kings fans to demand a lot better. The die is cast for the rest of this year we know where it's going this year we'll see where they end up but in this offseason considering that they have no. First round draft pick in 2019. Another that we says every year crucial offseason for the kings they have to show. Measurable progress next season so we'll see how the rest of this year goes but. No other NBA team has a lower standard deviation in wins or end of season rankings in other words the kings. They've been as consistent and they've been bad they won between 22 and 33 games each year since 2009. Including the currencies in kings of logged a 21 to 28 worst regular season record. Since 2009 when teams average indices and ranking is 25 worst than any other team in the league timberwolves come close. But it just so happens hello. They have the fifth best record in the league this year. So as Philip breeze points out. It is rare for a team to be as consistent as the kings in the modern NBA where the worst teams each season usually get the best picks. The only team that comes close this deck I decade in terms of consistency. Is this spurt she's. Unlike the kings they've been consistently successful. Logging between first and ninth best record in the NBA since 2000 and night. So we're so used here to. To allowing the kings are they reset things well they were trappings of the markets it didn't work done well now they're going the youth movement but this is incredible it is. It is. I think that. Did there's something to be said for emulating success. If this is not all of all on divac understand. And I I know anybody who knows the history here knows that because the years why he's referencing included other ownership yeah absolutely is and all any anyone guide but I would say. It's that it's in it's notable. That the Vick came in with sort of a grand idea about a new NBA even in the NBA three point our king street point now. End. The idea was not to emulate but to try to trail blaze. And that you is that for the kings. The spurs aren't so far out of the model. In terms of the CD size the revenue that they can drive to the building in all that they're they're really not that far out of the model that they each. That they shouldn't be really closely considered well and what have the spurs done. That they've done well. They haven't really played in free agency a lot until the last couple years what they've really done well is draft. Mimic very fortunate in no jackpot twice in the end there's no way around that you'd you'd need to lock in and if you draft. Heine fee cheer you've probably due for some luck to brag or at the very least to run into the right pick right they were more than fortunate because not only did they have the topic twice they had it in years when. Clearly there was a guy that everyone and wanted to and should've taken a number one that traffickers change course now with so many young players via coming out but I think for. For what Sacramento would ever hope to be. That there are markets available to them and I think they're kind of headed down this road now. Like San Antonio and Utah where did that sort of building pattern is there for you to see you don't really have to be different. Because the object in the NBA's and to be different is to win them and. I think there's it's it's it's available to them so at the end of this season the kings will have essentially. Tanked right I think it's fair to say yes it's not a that strategy at the end of the season Wilbon a year and a half essentially. Since the DiMarco straight that's right Zeller is any change that was the right on point at which she realized Qaeda plus these Foster switched. They're trying to win right now trying to win later so you gotta show some progress after this year especially because again 2019 you Bob first round pick. Bobby march today espn.com. Looks at teams draft assets Sacramento Kings alone 20181 round pick. Let's see here Sacramento Portland when he 182 round pick. They've got they're on 20/20 first round and second round. And Detroit's 20/20 second round and Miami's 20/20 second round and their own 20/20 11 round and second round of it and so on 20/20 two but of course what they owe. Bet that those are picks on what they uh 020191. Round pick to Boston or Philadelphia. When he 192 round pick to Philadelphia. Because of one of the worst trades it's ever been made and OK okay what that was all water in the bridge skeptics say now but that's where you are so you have to deal that. So you have even a smaller margin for air so we need to see some results not a lay opera necessarily next year of course certainly not an NBA Jimmy tip next year but. At some point the team has to get better because it's amazing how consistently. Bad not mediocre they haven't even been mediocre they've been so all bad for so long they're the bizarre l.'s version. Everything you say about the spurs turned upside down and you've got the Sacramento Kings. Yeah and it's goes way back farther Matta says that they have an they had a break. Of a number of years in which life all changed around you're as far as the NBA was concerned. But if you've been here long enough you know that that period you're describing actually happened before as well. Did there's nothing what they're trying to do is hard vision and no reason has to to think otherwise what's the trend is hard and if you're wrong. I doubt any you know one decision or a couple of decisions they can set you back years that's why we're still talk about the feeling trade. Because it it's set you back in ways that are hard even calculate. Now eighteen means everything you really need to lose believe it or not as much as you can. Because of the deal you made as an organization that kills you and when he nineteen. There's no way around it that's real anybody you made that trade passes and a lot of meter right guessed either come out and say it admitted allows a really bad trade. Or you know what if he doesn't realize that he shouldn't be the general manager I'm sure you realize it dom BC being fair I'm sure he knows now that. He got swindled. That was that was a young in his case a young on the job I should take young GM move all of because he got forced into write or call all of a sudden had to scramble it well no I mean that's not your narrative but they'll. No but I'm same because he realizes now that the terms he was being sold. And maybe was being spun into believing it was a pretty reasonable deal was in fact open that almost purely one sided deal by really Sri GM. It took him cleaners and and I can't go there with you understand what you're saying but anybody in their right mind would see way not to give this up the get that and ran away I can do that there was does come. Well he may have been a guy with a knee got swindled their outsmarting loses Tom already got swindled. But I mean he he also. Could've used. Or or being more open to the idea of someone in his own front office saying this is a Batman I'm I its vice fault I'm not saying. He is an innocent bystander saying he got swindled as a GM you're on the hook for that it's our responsibility to be two to sentence no with the ramifications are. And to know if there's another way to do what you're trying to get done. Which is really wire where bad things fell I think we pretty much agree on as pointless arc says I think we're on the same page or my point is you can't eat your your margin for air's pretty thin. And so when you when you GAAP Tony nineteen is as a trade. Prospect entirely. You've you've really put yourself into a window of I'm needing to see progress now because you may hit a year in which English she scored in free agency. Or make a major trade you might have a hard time showing progress this time one year from now I mean. What you're looking for is this next calendar year from the end of the season through the summer and and into next season to be able to mark to people we've we've made the. We may project where I could happen if they are able to land an impact player in the draft certainly not a stretch and we talked over and over and over about how so many teams are taking right now. So it's hardly a given but they have a very good chance in up with a very good pick and get a very good player. And you add Harry Giles Wright who by all accounts is really looking good and that's not hard to imagine. You know because you pretty promising player. You as that college player and maybe. You know you're able to take advantage of a free agent market. That should be a buyers market it and it's not hard to imagine real progress next year. But we need to see it around here we need to see it then that's what they're completely about right now is trying to. Put talent on the floor that people can see developing. And some of it's not going to be pretty. But every time. A guy like fox have been Don Imus has a moment that's what they're looking for Republican present and they can sell. It's they look. He's better and you ball body was going to be he's gonna be good we're telling you these guys are going to be on the floor for the kings in the years to come. And they're being years and years where you would say. Black hope not or I don't think they will be one of the other. They're trying to sell different narrative now which is this a guy you like him he's ours or we're gonna keep them. I'll be watching most closely the rest of the way Justin Jackson if he continues to play well if he's a player. There are pretty good shape there's a good chance they're in pretty good shape but he's actually a player but he improve that yet that's right but he shown signs that he. May very well be these are critical games for him. He's getting plenty of opportunities soda for that.