What a difference five weeks may create.
Had these positions run in October, the Sacramento Kings definitely could have held one of the spots. They had been a mess that is 55-loss only last year, and nobody had hinted at possible. Zach Randolph, who hasn’t logged a second this season and was traded then waived in February, paced that group together with 14.5 points per game.
But the Kings are creating a case for the NBA to make a Most Improved award.
Both De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield found ways to fast-forward their own development. The prior is a top-30 scorer and top-five three-point shooter. The latter is among only 10 players averaging 17 points and seven assists. The combination of Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley III is filled with promise. The game acts of bogdan Bogdanovic like connective tissue. Harrison Barnes is your jumbo forward this roster needed.
The Kings have the wiggle room to purchase even though they’ll have to wait and see whether this roster is what finally brings on free brokers. They do get dinged for not owning their pick, but that at least frees the franchise to make an all-out drive for the postseason.
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