With new owners, a new arena in the works and new players, 2014 is finally looking up for the Kings.
The NBA draft took place on June 26th and with the eighth pick in the NBA draft, the Kings drafted Nik Stauskas, a 6’7 shooting guard out of Michigan. Stauskas was the Big Ten Player of the year and lead his team in both scoring and assists during the 2013-2014 season. He averages 17.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG and 3.3 APG and is best known for his wide-range of shooting, specifically from behind the arc. The Kings and the city of Sacramento have welcomed Stauskas with open arms and hope he can step up and make a difference on the court.
With free agency officially underway, the Kings are making moves and good ones at that. Rudy Gay, who averaged 20.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 3.1 APG with the Kings, has opted in for the 2014-2015 for a cool $19.3 million. ESPN is reporting that Darren Collison has agreed to a three-year deal worth $16 million with the Kings. Collison, a guard with the Los Angeles Clippers, has opted out of his last season with the Clippers and has decided to take his talents north. Collison was a huge asset to the Clippers during the 2013-2014 season, stepping up to the starting position when Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford all went out with injuries. In the 2013-2014 season, Collison averaged 11.4 PPG and 3.7 APG and hopes to be named a starter with the Kings.
The biggest buzz around Sacramento is in regards to Isaiah Thomas who had a breakout season with the Kings during the 2013-2014 season. Thomas averaged 20.3 PPG (second behind DeMarcus Cousins) and lead the team in assists with 6.3 PG and as a free agent is being courted by many teams around the league. With the signing of Collison, the rumor mill is buzzing that there’s only room for one starting point guard in Sacramento which means Thomas could be out.
Only time will tell how the Kings roster will shape up, but for the first time in years, it seems like the Kings are headed in the right direction. Here’s to a winning summer league season, a winning regular season and most importantly, a winning post-season.