What a difference five weeks may make.
Had these positions run in October, the Sacramento Kings could have held one of the spots. They were a 55-loss mess just last year, and no one had hinted at breakout potential. Zach Randolph, who hasn’t logged a second this year and has been traded then waived in February, paced that team with 14.5 points per match.
But now, the Kings are making a case for the NBA to make a Most Improved Team award.
Both De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield found ways to fast-forward their development. The prior is a top-30 scorer and also top-five three-point shooter. The latter is among only 10 players averaging seven assists and 17 points. The frontcourt combo of Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley III is loaded with promise. The game functions of bogdan Bogdanovic like tissue. Harrison Barnes is your jumbo needed.
The Kings have the wiggle room to purchase this summer, although they’ll have to wait and see if this roster that is improving is what draws on free agents to Sacramento. They do get dinged for not owning their selection, but frees the franchise to generate an all-out push for the postseason.
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