As a team, the Sacramento Kings have been up and down through the first portion of the season. They've had good games and bad games. The same can be said of the roster—there have been some bright spots and also a few players not performing up to expectations.
All of this illustrates what we already knew heading into the season: The organization is heading in the right direction, but there are still areas that need to be upgraded in order to bring it back to prominence.
To highlight this, the Kings made a trade, acquiring former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams for lockdown defender Luc Mbah a Moute.
The trade signifies that the team isn't yet where it needs to be. But it also shows that ownership and management is committed to getting it there. In that vein, the Kings have plenty of players who will be part of that solution, which will be reflected in their grades. Yet others, who haven't lived up to expectations, will be evaluated accordingly.
It's all a part of self-evaluation, which the Kings will need to constantly do to turn things around. Now that we've got enough of a sample size to go by, there couldn't be a better time to give an initial grade to each player.
(Note: Grades are based largely on expectations for the players entering the season. Established veterans will be judged differently than rookies. Players who have shown to be starters in the NBA will be weighed differently than those who've been career backups.)
Unless noted otherwise, all stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
All stats accurate through games played on Nov. 28, 2013.