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Pre-Training Camp Player Power Rankings for Sacramento Kings

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Pre-Training Camp Player Power Rankings for Sacramento Kings
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DeMarcus Cousins could be one of the best players in the NBA, not to mention the Kings.

The goal of any team is maximizing the pieces it has. The best way to do that is through self-evaluation and ranking the players in terms of importance. The most critical members will be emphasized while the bench warmers need to fill roles when called upon.

That's what the Sacramento Kings are doing—ranking each guy to structure the squad around. 

While the process seems fairly straightforward, that's not necessarily the case. Just because one player's a reserve and one player's a starter, it doesn't automatically mean the guy coming off the bench is less important than the one starting the game. Depending on team needs and each person's skill set, what can be provided varies up and down the roster. 

For a team like the Kings, there's also the big picture to consider.

Granted, Sacramento isn't coming into the season with the expectation of missing out on the postseason. Yet that's likely to be the case, so the franchise needs to go through the season with an eye towards 2014-15 and beyond. Therefore, emphasizing players with upside over those unlikely to be involved in the long-term picture should also become part of the equation. 

At the end, what you have is a formulated list of organizational inventory, providing a blueprint of which players the team should be built around. Then it's just about executing a game plan around those individuals to maximize potential. 

 

(To be clear, this isn't a ranking of players based on their projected playing time or statistical output. It's about who should be emphasized most. In other words, it's which players should wield the most "power.")

Unless noted otherwise, all stats come from Basketball-Reference, and all contract info is provided via Hoopsworld

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