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Sacramento Kings 2016-2017 NBA Season Preview: DeMarcus Cousins & Kings breaking point; bleak outlook, worse than last season

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The Sacramento Kings’ losing streak makes you wonder if they’ve learned anything at all that they’ve put to heart, and dedicated themselves to become a winning team. But after a decade of absence from the NBA playoffs, it seems that this upcoming NBA season won’t be any different for the DeMarcus Cousins led team

In fact, it seems this year has a chance they could get worse.

With a 33-49 record during the 2015-2016 season, and with a super-team trend going on around the league the Kings could be heading into a bleak haze, where its star center DeMarcus Cousins might be harder to deal with, and Rudy Gay makes it known that he wants out of the team the soonest.

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Sacramento Kings Roster/Depth Chart

Point Guards: Darren Collison, Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Farmar, Ty Lawson,

Shooting Guards: Arron Afflalo, Ben McLemore, Malachi Richardson, Garrett Temple

Small Forwards: Matt Barnes, Rudy Gay

Power Forwards: Omri Casspi, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissière, Anthony Tolliver

Centers: DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos, Georgios Papagiannis

Key losses: Rajon Rondo (Bulls), Seth Curry (Mavericks), Quincy Acy (Mavericks)

Key addition/s: Head coach Dave Joerger

Season Outlook

The Kings fail to rebuild time and time again, at least to a level that is required for a sure spot in the playoffs. They have high hopes on new head coach Dave Joerger, but many doubts this factor would be enough to control the likes of DeMarcus Cousins, and Rudy Gay, as the whole team seems at a breaking point.

The best they could build around Cousins are players Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Ty Lawson and Anthony Tolliver.

Many doubt this “fresh start” Dave Joerger is expected to bring will be enough, or even last long under sustained pressure. Many believe the Kings will eventually lose Cousins and Rudy Gay, and without key additions to their roster, this season looks terrible for Sacramento.

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Key stats in the league from last season: 100.0 (1st of 30)

We still don’t know how much of an impact coach Dave Joerger could instill with the team, but one thing’s for sure, he won’t be enough to turn things around for the beleaguered Kings.

Will they focus on playing small? Will they maintain the level of speed former coach George Karl had trained them to run last year?

Key Weakness For Upcoming Season: Not enough talent around DeMarcus Cousins

It seems hard to convince DeMarcus Cousins to play for the Kings when he hits the free agency. He seems to be toiling endlessly with no bright light at the end of the tunnel for Sacramento.

It also seems that Darren Collison, who played as a valuable backup to Rajon Rondo will be facing suspension after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery case.

Don’t expect the Kings to have a better defense this year either. They played poor defense last season, as with many seasons past, and with no valuable addition, this year to their roster it seems nothing much of note will change for their franchise.

Well, they do have Matt Barnes, who’s, of course, expected to bring in some veteran insights and improve their defense. But at the age of 36, it seems unlikely that such will be enough.

Photo Courtesy: Mike/Flickr

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