|2009-10 Team Rating|
|22nd Overall||21st Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Tired of seeing his team pushed around, personnel boss Geoff Petrie made three major moves in four months to address inside play. Like last season, small forward is a question mark.
Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is the foundation of the future. It's a very good place to build. But Francisco Garcia or Beno Udrih have to take control at shooting guard.
Trading for Samuel Dalembert to protect the rim and drafting DeMarcus Cousins as serious muscle will make the Kings better inside. They should expect improvement from 20th in shooting defense.
The Kings are in decent shape, which is saying something for a club that won 25 games. Depth is usually a problem. They're especially sound at center and power forward.
Management jumped off the carousel. After going from one coach to the next, the Kings late last season picked up Paul Westphal's option for 2011-12. Talk about a commitment statement.
They are not close to being out of the woods yet. But the Kings can at least, finally, find the trail that leads to the clearing. Cousins is a risky choice because of maturity issues and questions about his work ethic, but Evans was a risky choice a year earlier because Petrie picked a point guard who had very little experience at point guard, and that turned out well.
Optimism surrounds Cousins because a lot of teams had him rated as the second-best talent in the draft, behind only John Wall. It's all about his motor. He's part of the transition of an entire team, but the Kings should be improved after finishing with the worst record in the league. They have something to look forward to again.
-- Scott Howard-Cooper
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|