Earlier today I was having a discussion with a friend about the upcoming NBA season. He says to me, “How is it going to feel when the Clippers have a better record than the Kings?” I laughed out loud knowing this would not be the case. Sure, the Kings haven’t been so hot these past few season, hell, these past few years, but in the words of Obama, yes we can.
The Kings 2010-2011 roster isn’t looking all that hot. Sure, we have Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans returning, we have DeMarcus Cousins, a rookie with a lot of potential, joining the lineup and we have fan favorites Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia back for another year. While those four may standout, the Kings are still lacking in one major area-a big man who can deliver, score and rebound.
The Kings haven’t had a good big man since the Chris Webber/Vlade Divac days. Every year we get some young guy who seems to foul out early and who just can’t perform at the level he should be able to. This year the Kings will be looking to once again a young guy, DeMarcus Cousins, in hopes that he can make the transition from college to the NBA and still put up big numbers. In addition, we have Samuel Dalembert, an eight year veteran, who averaged roughly 8 points and 9 rebounds per game, and Jason Thompson who averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game last season. DeMarcus has the most potential as he was the 5th overall pick in the NBA draft and averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds, the leading rebounder in the Southeastern Conference, in his college career at Kentucky. Cousins may not be new to the game, but opting out of his final year of college to go pro may put him at a disadvantage.
So what’s the solution? GET A BIG MAN! We don’t need the best of the best (although that would be nice), but get us someone decent who at least knows what they are doing. Hell, we will take anyone (obviously), but lets aim high and make it happen down below. If Geoff Petrie needs help, I will personally join him in the scouting process and help him realize that with one big adjustment, the Kings can once again rise to the top and become a winning team.<!--EndFragment-->