5 Things the Sacramento Kings Need to Become Contenders

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5 Things the Sacramento Kings Need to Become Contenders
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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.

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