Sacramento Kings 2009-2010 Season Outlook
Expectations are high for the Kings to return to their playoff form (last made it in 2006) and they have made every effort in rebuilding with young athletic players who will learn to grow under first year head coach Paul Westphal.
Kevin Martin is one of the best young guards in the NBA along with a promising young core up front. Jason Thompson is looking to build upon a fantastic rookie season, and Spencer Hawes is looking to breakout with his first season as a full time starter at center.
Added to the mix is the club's controversial pick in this years draft, Tyreke Evans.
Evans is the projected starter at PG, but there many question marks surrounding his game (shot selection, shooting ability, ability to play PG full time) as he only played one season at Memphis before declaring for the draft.
Evans will be allowed to learn on the job and will undoubtedly put up decent scoring numbers as he is able to penetrate in the lane at will.
But the question marks will be how well he produces with Kevin Martin as the main scoring option, and the need for the team to have him pass more than he is accustomed too.
It should be a long year out west for the young team. But if Westphal stays true to his run and gun style, then it should be a fun, exciting year filled with plenty of highlight reel plays from Evans,Thompson and Martin.
Defense will be lacking with this team but they should be right up there as one of the most young and athletic teams in the league.
2009-2010 Sacramento Kings Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Tyreke Evans
Rookie out of Memphis who is more of a SG with his size (6’5", 225 pounds) but Tyreke possesses great body strength and a strong ability to get to the free throw line at will.
Rebounds well for a guard and will need to improve his shot to truly be effective as a starter.
Question marks surround him and how he will fit with Martin as they both need the ball in their hands to be effective.
Also Evans must limit his turnovers per game as he was electrifying in getting to the basket during summer league but would follow that up with a forced pass or an awkward shot in transition.
There will plenty of minutes for him to learn on the job .
SG – Kevin Martin
Team Captain who is looking to add even more to his all around game after being injured most of last season. Now back healthy will look to improve his defense (1.2 spg) and carry the offensive load (24.6ppg in 08-09).
Must improve his passing and try to stay healthy if the Kings are going to have a chance to be competitive out west.
SF – Andres Nocioni
After being traded midseason Andres looked to pick it up after being hurt most of the season and being looked at as a sixth man in Chicago.
He shot 44 percent from three-point land and improved the overall team defense dramatically. He will look to improve his 13 ppg as he is now the full time starter.
Best defender on the team and will look to set the standard for his teammates with his continuous hustle and toughness.
PF – Jason Thompson
Solid rebounder and post player who fared well in his rookie campaign last season. He will look to improve on his 11 ppg and seven rpg with increased minutes and a bigger role in the offense this season.
Has a chance for a breakout season, much like Lamarcus Aldridge had two seasons ago.
C - Spencer Hawes
Improved drastically in his second season (11 ppg, seven rpg, and 1.7 bpg) and will look to add to those numbers with increased minutes and touches down low.
Has a very smooth jump shot out to the three-point line for a big man his size (7’1").
Hawes will look to become the second option as he has the finesse to produce solid numbers for years to come.
G - Francisco Garcia
Had a breakout year last season (12.7 ppg in 30.0 mpg), will provide a quick scoring punch off the bench behind both Kevin Martin and Andres Nocioni.
Francisco is able to play point forward as well.
G – Beno Udrih
Struggled much of last season with his shot and decision making. But he will look to make it a tough battle with Tyreke Evans for minutes at PG and the starters' job as well.
Beno will need to improve his passing and defense in order to stay on the floor.
G – Sergio Rodriguez
Sergio has spent three seasons buried on the bench in Portland, and, although a gifted passer, he struggles on defense and is suspect with his shot.
But he will look to gain substantial time at PG and prove that with minutes he can become more than just potential.
F – Donte Greene
Second-year wing player who has grown (Now 6’11"). He will use his athleticism to build on last season and become a energy guy off the bench this season.
Needs to work on his shooting and defense, but his ability to run the floor with ease will get him some solid run.
F – Sean May
Redemption time is now for the young PF who, while in Charlotte, fought various injuries that derailed his potential.
Now healthy for the first time in three seasons, he will look to be a force in the post and use his offensive gifts to help the young team improve their scoring numbers.
F – Kenny Thomas
Solid veteran who is stuck on young team due to his horrible contract and who also fought injuries last season.
He will again be on the bench, but will look to provide veteran leadership to the young forwards ahead of him on the depth chart. A very good rebounder for his size.
F – Omri Casspi
The first Israeli-born player to make an NBA roster.
He brings a lot of potential with his ability to handle the ball and score in bunches. Will play quite a bit in spot minutes and may be headed to the D-League for exposure and seasoning.
F – Jon Brockman (unsigned rookie)
Will look to make the team as a second rounder and will most likely play in the D-league if he makes the team.
A solid defense and hustle guy who can score when needed but is undersized at 6’7" for the PF position.
Season Outlook: 15th in Western Conference 21-61 overall.
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