Being a Sacramento Kings fan has never been easy. We’re often left with a team that loses far more than it wins, and does so in infuriating fashion. This season has been similar for the most part, but March in particular has been different. Following Friday’s win over the Golden State Warriors the Kings are now 5-4 in the month of March. And those wins have come on the backs of the youth movement. We’ve seen great moments from De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, and Willie Cauley-Stein. And yet Kings fans can’t fully enjoy it.
During games, I’m always rooting for a win, especially a win led by the young players. But after games I can’t help but look at what the Kings are doing to themselves in the lottery standings.
The higher your pick, the greater your chances of landing a superstar. That’s not opinion, that’s been proven throughout NBA history. There are always stars who emerge from late picks, but they’re the exception.
We at the StR staff were looking at the Kings remaining schedule. They have games at Jazz, vs Pistons, vs Hawks, vs Celtics, vs Mavericks, vs Pacers, vs Warriors, vs Lakers, at Suns, at Grizzlies, at Spurs, vs Rockets. That’s looking like a very soft closing schedule.
I’m still going to root for wins, I can’t bring myself to root for a loss, but it’s looking more and more like the Kings will need karma and love from the lotto gods to keep them out of the late lottery.