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2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Sacramento Kings

Posted by Neil Paine on October 26, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

Sacramento Kings

Coach: Paul Westphal

2010 Summary:
Record: 25-57, Finished 5th in NBA Pacific Division
SRS: -4.06 (25th of 30) ▪ Pace: 94.0 (7th of 30)
Off Rtg: 105.3 (22nd of 30) ▪ Def Rtg: 109.9 (20th of 30)
Expected W-L: 29-53 (25th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Beno Udrih 28 14.2 3.4 5.3 1.3 0.2 2.2 0.481 0.9 0.365 0.829
PG Luther Head 28 14.2 3.8 3.3 0.9 0.4 2.1 0.431 1.6 0.355 0.810
PG Pooh Jeter 26
SG Tyreke Evans 21 19.8 5.3 5.6 1.5 0.4 2.8 0.472 0.5 0.274 0.759
SG Francisco Garcia 29 14.6 4.3 2.7 1.2 1.1 1.9 0.453 1.6 0.392 0.811
SG Antoine Wright 26 11.4 4.4 2.0 0.9 0.4 1.5 0.418 1.3 0.328 0.718
SF Donte Greene 22 14.0 5.2 1.7 0.9 1.1 2.0 0.436 1.5 0.363 0.686
SF Omri Casspi 22 15.1 6.6 1.9 1.0 0.4 1.8 0.459 1.4 0.380 0.691
PF Carl Landry 27 18.5 7.3 1.1 0.8 0.9 1.9 0.543 0.1 0.347 0.802
PF Jason Thompson 24 14.6 9.6 1.8 0.7 1.1 2.1 0.487 0.1 0.211 0.716
PF Darnell Jackson 25 10.2 6.8 1.6 0.9 0.7 2.1 0.419 0.4 0.321 0.722
PF Hassan Whiteside 21
C DeMarcus Cousins 20
C Samuel Dalembert 29 10.9 12.5 0.9 0.7 2.5 2.1 0.523 0.0 0.333 0.729

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Tom Ziller, sactownroyalty.com & NBA Fanhouse

Despite a promising start, the Kings ended up as one of the worst team's in the NBA in 2009-10, clearly outclassing the awful Nets and Timberwolves, but falling below all other 26 teams in the standings.

Hope for improvement comes primarily in the form of DeMarcus Cousins, a massive 19-year-old out of Kentucky who will be the Kings' opening night starter at center. That fact, however, comes because the second most important roster upgrade -- Samuel Dalembert, who was acquired for contract albatross Andres Nocioni and underwhelming lotto pick Spencer Hawes -- is out with an injury. Between Cousins and Dalembert, the Kings should be massively upgraded in the middle.

Elsewhere, the team will rely on internal growth, with Tyreke Evans the headliner. The perimeter defense was bad last year, and needs to get much better before the team can really make things interesting. But the paint should be a easier fight to win this season, and that's what Kings fans have been begging for since 2004.

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