The Sacramento Kings have been bad for a long time. Their last winning season was 2005-06 when they won 44 games. They finished the season 27-55 and grabbed the 2nd pick in the draft. The Kings haven’t had a promising rookie since Tyreke Evans. This year all eyes will be on Marvin Bagley III, a player who wanted to go to the Kings.
The Kings are a really young team. They only have four players with at least five years’ experience in the league. At Duke Bagley averaged 21 ppg and 11 rpg. He was a walking double-double. He struggles on the defensive end but he looked better on that end in summer league. He does have some range out to the 3-point line. Kings brass were talking about letting him play small forward at times but that would not benefit Bagley.
Bagley is the prized rookie so he should get a lot of minutes on this struggling team. However, the Kings have a log jam at power forward and center. They have eight players on the roster that can play either power forward or center. Willie Cauley-Stein will most likely get the start at center, with veteran Zach Randolph coming off the bench.
Along with Bagley the Kings also have Harry Giles who missed all of last year. Giles played with Bagley during summer league and looked okay after being managed last season. Bagley and Giles should flock to Z-Bo as a mentor. He’s experienced a lot in this league and had his struggles early on.
If Bagley can develop chemistry with De’Aaron Fox, then the Kings will have something to be excited about. He will have his struggles on the defensive end. He runs the floor really well and if he gets the minutes he should get some double-doubles. They won’t be good this season and will probably finish at the bottom of the league and another top 3 pick. Bagley should see a lot more time once they fall out of contention.