The Sacramento Kings have toiled in mediocrity for far too long. No, that's not even true. Mediocrity is far too kind for a team with six consecutive seasons of fewer than 30 wins.
Things won't get better immediately, either. The Kings have a couple quality pieces like center DeMarcus Cousins and small forward Rudy Gay, but the rest of the roster is composed of unproven young guns and low-ceiling veterans.
What's more, Sacramento plays in the NBA's vaulted Western Conference, where the Phoenix Suns went 48-34 last season and still missed the playoffs. Getting back to the contention will take a couple years, by which time the disparity between East and West is likely to have evened out.