2019-20 NBA Season (74th Season)
Over/Under: 37.5 Wins
2019-20 NBA Championship Odds: 200/1
In the 2018-19 NBA season, the Sacramento Kings finished 39-43 (.476), ranking third in the Pacific Division. In the Western Conference standings, the Kings ended their season as the No. 9 seed. They were 0-2 in OT games last season. Despite failing to make the playoffs, this was still quite an overachieving season for the Kings. The vast majority of sports bettors did not anticipate this team winning over 25 games. Unfortunately, Head Coach Dave Joerger was fired on April 11. His tenure with the team was just mediocre. While the Kings regressed in the 2017-18 season, winning only 27 games, Sacramento was an above average team last season. The last time the Kings won over 39 games was in the 2005-06 season, when they concluded their season 44-38 (.537). This was the year the Kings made the playoffs, however, Sacramento was knocked off by the San Antonio Spurs 4-2.
Not to mention, the team was 38-44 (.463) in the 2007-08 season. A few Kings' fans every here and there wanted to see Coach Joerger stay for at least one more season. Finishing as the No. 9 seed is better than previous seasons, such as ranking 12th, 13th, or 14th the last several years. For the bad news, under Coach Joerger, the team failed to make the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the organization. This certainly led to his firing. As of now, the Kings have missed the playoffs the last 13 seasons. A few days later on April 14, the Kings hired former Los Angeles Lakers' Head Coach Luke Walton. General Manager Vlade Divac was a teammate with Walton on the Lakers in the 2005-06 season. Although there were fans satisfied with this hire, this move left others feeling puzzled and dumbstruck. In Coach Walton's three seasons coaching the Lakers, the team never made the playoffs. His overall head coaching record is 98-148 (.398). There is no foolproof plan or solid indication leading NBA analysts to believe the Kings will even win their division the next few seasons.
On June 13, the Kings hired Igor Kokoskov, the Phoenix Suns' former head coach, as an assistant coach. Coach Kokoskov coached the Suns to a pitiful 19-63 (.232) record. Having both Kokoskov and Walton on the same team could be a recipe for disaster. Additionally, in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Kings selected 6'7'' shooting guard Justin James from Wyoming, 6'7'' small forward Ignas Brazdeikis from Michigan, and 6'6'' Serbian shooting guard Vanja Marinković. However, Ignas Brazdeikis, the No. 47 pick, was traded to the New York Knicks for 6'1'' shooting guard Kyle Guy from Virginia. Reported by CBS Sports, Brazdeikis will not be joining the Kings in the 2019-20 season either. In the NCAA, Justin James was selected Third-Team All-Mountain West in 2017, First-Team All-Mountain West in 2018, and Second-Team All-Mountain West in 2019. According to Bleacher Report, the Kings' 2019 draft received an overall grade of a C+. For other moves during free agency, on June 28, Harrison Barnes signed a 4-year, $85 million contract with the Kings. On June 30, shooting guard Trevor Ariza signed a 2-year, $25 million deal with the team. Ariza has now played for eight different NBA franchises.
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