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The Cavaliers need the Kings to make the playoffs in order to receive a 1st Round draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Kings have made drastic changes to their roster this offseason, but they were the second-worst team in the Western Conference last year. They’ll need to win 22-25 more games in order to potentially clinch the eight-seed.
The Kings’ nucleus of DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans and the offseason additions of Hickson, John Salmons, Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt, and Isaiah Thomas should give the Kings a reasonable shot at making the playoffs. Comparing the Kings’ offseason activity to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2009 summer could lend insight into the team’s future.
The Thunder went from 23 wins in 2008-2009 to 50 wins in 2009-2010. The difference wasn't the addition of superstars (Durant and Westbrook played in 2008-09), but the introduction of a supporting cast. Oklahoma City drafted James Harden, traded for Eric Maynor and Thabo Sefolsha, and past draft pick Serge Ibaka joined the team from Europe. None of the players needed to average more than ten points a game, but they filled out the Thunder rotation by all averaging more than 15 minutes per game.