|2012-13 Team Rating|
|13th Overall||29th Overall|
2012-13 Season Stats
Small forward Luc Mbah a Moute and power forward Carl Landry are nice upgrades. But this still comes down to whether DeMarcus Cousins can get out of his own way.
Greivis Vasquez gets the chance to supplant Isaiah Thomas at point guard. Ben McLemore gets a chance, period, after unexpectedly falling into the Kings' lap at No. 7 in the draft.
New coach Michael Malone has made improving in this area a priority. Like many of his predecessors, in other words. The Mbah a Moute addition will definitely help.
Depending on McLemore's development, the Kings may be two-deep at most positions, a rare claim for them, with proven productive starters in some cases to create options for coach Michael Malone.
Malone will get an immediate test as a rookie head coach, with few dependable players, needing to fix a broken defense and inheriting the Cousins dilemma his predecessors could not solve.
At least the Kings finally know the major big-picture issues. The relocation bid was turned back, the ownership sales went through. Now to that little matter of winning games.
The aggressive energy of new majority owner Vivek Ranadive and the hires of two top prospects in their field, Pete D'Alessandro as general manager and Malone as coach, is an encouraging start. The transaction highlights of adding McLemore, Landry and Mbah a Moute is just as promising. But the Kings must prove they can defend the paint, defend anywhere, rebound and shoot at least a little better before they get within telescope range of the playoffs.
-- Scott Howard-Cooper
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||B+|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|