I thought it would be an interesting exercise to take a holistic look at the changes Pete has made in his short tenure with the Kings. In order to do this, I took the roster at the end of last season and compared it to the team’s current roster. I had no interest in individual trades/signings, and did not factor how the team went from point A to point B, instead evaluating point A directly against point B. Point A is Petrie’s 2012-2013 roster, as managed by the M*loofs. Point B is Pete’s current roster, as managed by Vivek. Before getting into the debate, let’s look at the rosters.
Petrie’s 2012-2013 Roster:
Pete’s 2012-2014 Roster:
Needless to say, the roster has experienced quite a turnover since Pete took over. The Kings, under Pete, have effectively traded Tyreke Evans, Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglass, Chuck Hayes, James Johnson, Cole Aldrich, and John Salmons for Rudy Gay, Carl Landry, Ben McLemore, Derrick Williams, Quincy Acey, Aaron Gray, Ray McCallum, and Hamady Ndiaye. To determine which roster contains more talent, I thought it would be fun to compare the best old King (my objective opinion) to the best new King and continue in descending order. Without further ado. . .
1. Tyreke Evans vs Rudy Gay
Gay (SSSI approved) is certainly playing better with the Kings than Tyreke is in New Orleans. Gay in Toronto played at a similarly disappointing level to Tyreke the Pelican. Tyreke, on the other hand, is younger and cheaper (although he does have a longer contract). All things considered, this is a wash – Tie
2. Patrick Patterson vs Carl Landry
Our second tier features two backup power forwards – how convenient! Both players came into this season as extremely efficient high BBIQ offensive players, and, thus far, PPatt has certainly disappointed. While Landry’s absence has been frustrating, Kings fans know exactly what to expect from him in his return. He has been one of the league’s best backup Power Forwards his entire career, a role he should continue to thrive in when he returns from injury. Advantage – Pete (1-0-1)
3. Ben McLemore vs Toney Douglass
McLemore, yet to truly prove himself, slides down to the third tier. With gobs of potential, it is easy to argue he should be the number two - even number one - acquisition by Pete. In any event, he is certainly better than Toney Douglass. I miss Toney, as the Kings are desperate for a defensive guard, but McLemore is clearly the better player. Advantage Pete (2-0-1)
4. Chuck Hayes vs Derrick Williams
This one is also very simple. Derrick Williams, with the team for less than a month, has solidified a spot in this team’s rotation, something Chuck Hayes was never able to do. Advantage – Pete (3-0-1)
5. James Johnson vs Quincy Acey
Tier five is not so easy, mainly because Acey is so new. Johnson was given a solid opportunity to make an impact as a starting SF, yet he completely underwhelmed for the Kings. Acey came to Sacramento with very little fan expectations, expectations which he has certainly exceeded thus far. I love his grit and ability to do the dirty work – he reminds me of a Najara/Reggie Evans type. Every team needs a guy like that. Slight advantage to Pete (4-0-1)
6. Cole Aldrich vs Aaron Gray
While Gray can set a mean pick, the decision not to resign Aldrich was a bit baffling. The Kings’ defense needs a guy like Aldrich. Advantage – Petrie (1-4-1)
7. McCallum vs Salmons
Salmons’ play has been terrible. McCallum has failed to crack the rotation in spite of the fact that the team’s depth at the PG position is thinner than Lebron’s hairline. Both players are awful. One has potential; the other has a bad contract. Advantage –Pete (5-1-1).
8. _____ vs Comedy Ninja
Comedy is easy to root for, but giving Pete another point for acquiring an extra player feels cheap and dirty, unnecessarily running up the score. FTM; Advantage Pete - (6-1-1).
Pete is by no means done tweaking the roster – this post could be outdated tomorrow. That being said, I have full confidence in every move the man makes. This roster has seen a huge turnaround in the past six months, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. Pete has clearly toppled Petrie with a decisive victory: Six wins, one loss, and one tie.