Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
PG: Greivis Vasquez*, Isaiah Thomas, Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton, Jimmer Fredette
SF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, John Salmons
PF: Patrick Patterson, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes
Key Additions: Greivis Vasquez, Ben McLemore, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Carl Landry
There's actually some reason to be excited in Sac Town, and it's not only because the Sacramento Kings won't be changing locations anytime soon.
This team acquired a significant amount of talent over the offseason—talent that's spread out across the board. With key additions at four of the five positions and a legitimate star at the fifth, this lineup will thrill Kings fans even after they've realized that a record below .500 is an inevitability.
At point guard, Greivis Vasquez will be taking over the reins. He was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans in the Tyreke Evans sign-and-trade, and now his distributing talent will be on full display once more—if he can hold off Isaiah Thomas, of course.
That said, Ben McLemore is the most exciting addition of the bunch.
As Sacramento's top draft pick, the Kansas product will have to face lofty expectations, but his defensive potential and outside stroke will serve him well throughout his professional career.
Expect Ray Allen McLemore to factor into the Rookie of the Year race from start to finish.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was cheaply acquired for a second-round pick, and he'll thrive with his perimeter defense, especially since he won't be counted on for offense at any point during the 2013-14 season. Finally there's Carl Landry, who was an odd signing because he's a better fit on a contending team.
Phew. It's a lot to go over.
Position to Watch: All of them?
It's impossible to pick just one position to watch.
You don't have to keep your eyes on the centers, as it's quite established that DeMarcus Cousins will be playing the vast majority of the minutes whenever he's healthy and out of trouble. But the same can't be said for the other four spots.
At point guard, Vasquez and Thomas will be duking it out all season for the right to earn the bigger role in the rotation. As the more established player, Vasquez should have the upper hand, but Thomas' more impressive scoring capabilities could serve him well.
McLemore and Marcus Thornton should have a similar battle at shooting guard, and it's also possible that the team could elect to start both of them while pushing LRMBAM to the pine.
And yet, power forward may well become the most competitive position of the bunch.
Patrick Patterson, even though he's put his incredible shooting on display without hesitation, is one of the more underrated players in the league. But he's competing for minutes with Landry and Jason Thompson, both of whom deserve some run.
Nothing is settled in Sacramento, and the rotation is likely to shift early and often.