Longtime NBA reporter David Aldridge of The Athletic has been doing a series the last few days, ranking all 30 teams in the NBA and their offseasons in reverse order from worst to first. Unfortunately for the Kings and their fans, it didn’t take long for Sacramento to get a mention.
Aldridge listed the Kings as having the 29th best, or second-worst offseason in the NBA, only ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Aldridge’s rationale is that the Kings, who finished with the second-worst defensive rating in NBA history last year, are bringing back largely the same roster that got them that distinction.
Sacramento’s only major moves were drafting Davion Mitchell with the No. 9 pick in the draft and retaining Richaun Holmes on a team-friendly four-year contract. The Kings also made some moves on the margins, resigning both Moe Harkless and Terence Davis to fully-guaranteed two-year contracts. Sacramento also brought back Alex Len, also on a two-year deal, and swapped Delon Wright for Tristan Thompson.
While you could quibble with Aldridge’s exact ranking of 29th, It’s difficult to disagree with his overall assessment of the Sacramento offseason.
The Kings are largely the same team that went 31-41 the last two seasons, with a few minor additions here and there. Unless there are some huge leaps taken by guys like De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton, it's difficult to imagine that the Kings will be much more than a team that is competing for the play-in tournament with the current roster.
NBA training camps don’t start for more than a month, so there is still time for general manager Monte McNair to make meaningful improvements to the team’s roster, but the clock is ticking.