Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair spoke to the media for the first time this season on Friday. McNair is typically very tight-lipped when speaking to the media and continued that trend on Friday.
The one quote that stood out was when McNair was asked about whether there would be another move coming to balance out the team’s roster which is very heavy on guards and centers.
“This is gonna be our team going in,” McNair said. “ I think we have actually pretty good roster balance in the sense of maybe not traditional thinking but defensively, shooting, ball-handling and I think we can put a lot of different lineups out there to match up however we need.”
As I chronicled earlier this offseason, the current roster is built unevenly with Harrison Barnes and Moe Harkless as the only wings with significant NBA experience on the roster. Additionally, positional gluts at the guard spot and center spot remain pretty glaring.
The Kings have Richaun Holmes, Alex Len, Tristan Thompson, Damian Jones, and Neemias Queta all as guys whose primary position is center. At the guard spot, the Kings have De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Davion Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Terrence Davis, and Jahmi’us Ramsey as guys who are strictly guards.
McNair’s point about the roster being balanced skillset-wise makes some sense as the team does have a lot of guys that can handle the ball and do different things, but positionally it is still hard to see how all of the puzzle pieces are going to fit.
If this is the roster for the entirety of the 2021-22 season, the Kings are in a rude awakening if they are expecting to end the playoff drought.