Monday, October 27, 2008

NBA Pre-Hibachi Fastbreak: Sacramento Kings

Not too long ago I was wondering where this franchise was going. It didn't seem like they were really trying to build anything in Sacramento, just collecting talent that didn't quite fit together. However, with the emergence of Salmons, acquisition of Greene, Garcia's arrival and Martin's growth, they seem to be moving on up. Of course i'm not exactly listing future hall of famers here, but its a nice collection of young talent. Beno has also come a long way from his days of backing up Mr Longoria. They'll need some more firepower if they plan on being one of the elite one day, but for now they have cleared most of the vets out of the way and are allowing their young guys to go out and play. A great thing about their young guys is they aren't knuckleheads who are going to complain about minutes or buckets. They're going to play hard and really buy into what Coach Theus wants them to do. This being more runnin' and gunnin' and trust me, Greene is definitely a gunner. They also brought in a positive presence in the form of new assistant coach Shareef Abdur-Rahim. They have some nice shooters in the 2/3 positions and enough athletes to run on teams, but the loss of Artest definitely didn't help their defense, which already wasn't great. the frontcourt also needs some help since Miller is aging, Moore's a stick, and Williams is too busy with Ms. Parker to step his game up.

Garcia will be out for another 2-3 weeks due to a foot injury, but everyone else looks good to go. Here's the depth for the Kings:

Beno- Jax- Brown

Martin - Douby

Salmons - Garcia - Greene

Moore - Thomas - Williams

Miller- Hawes - Thompson

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