NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-22-2015
Sacramento’s Offense Great for DFS Leagues but Their Play on Defense May Not Contribute to Enough Wins in the Western Conference.
Sacramento Kings concluded play in the 2014-15 campaign with a record of 29-53. They were the thirteenth seed in the Western conference and trailed the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans by 16 games for the final playoff spot. This is a franchise that has been in the lottery several years but still can’t develop talent good enough to compete for a playoff spot out west. For several years the Kings were an awful defensive squad. They looked to change the culture of their team by hiring Mike Malone as coach. This news early in the season of his firing came as a shock to many pundits because they saw Malone as the right fit for the team to build up the young talent and teach them to defend properly in the NBA. But a new and in-experienced owner Vivek Ranadive had no patience to let the coach and team mature together and sought immediate change. Management is looking back to the days when the Kings ran and outscored their opponents during their playoff years. It takes time for the chemistry to build and management is looking for immediate success on the court which may not be realistic. With Malone fired the team went back to their poor defensive ways of the past and finished 28th in scoring defense by allowing 105 points a game and 24th in defensive field goal defense by allowing 45.6% shooting per game. George Karl begins his first full season with the Kings. He previously held the head coaching job at Denver and led his club to consistent playoff appearances but not success once in the postseason. Karl’s teams ran in Denver because of the high altitude advantage and were a very good home team. His teams struggled with his system on the road. The Kings drafted sixth in the draft and took Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky. One of the risks of drafting a player from Kentucky nowadays is seeing how they adjust to the added minutes in the NBA. Cauley-Stein only played 24 minutes a game in college because of the depth in the program. One of his huge strengths is he is regarded as a rim protector on defense.
Sacramento Kings PG:
A nine year veteran out of Kentucky will be surrounded by many Wildcats on this Kings roster. He has been injured the past few seasons and played in 68 games last year averaging 9 points, 8 assists and 42.5% shooting in nearly 30 minutes played per game. A plus for Rondo is he will be playing for George Karl who has great experience in dealing with loose cannons if you can remember back to his days coaching the Milwaukee Bucks where he had success.
Sacramento Kings SG:
McLemore will be entering his third year and is a 2013 first round pick by the team. He has been very reliable to have not missed a game in his career. He averaged 12 points and shot 43.7% from the floor with 35.8% from three. Hard to recommend for one day DFS leagues because the Kings have many ways to score.
Sacramento Kings SF:
The nine year pro resembles one of those shooters Karl had in Milwaukee who wanted the ball and didn’t like to pass. But Karl has shown to turn selfish players into team players. Gay played 36 minutes last year and shot 45% with 18 points per game average. The nine year veteran will like playing for Karl because he lets his scorers score and that puts smiles on fantasy basketball league owners.
Sacramento Kings PF:
The toughest challenge for George Karl is to keep DeMarcus Cousins happy. Cousins didn’t like the coaching change because his system focuses more offensively with perimeter players. What Cousins may lose in points he may pick up in rebounds, block shots, put-backs, assists and energy to use on the defensive end of the court.
Sacramento Kings C:
It’s hard to believe the seven foot center has logged in already seven seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 15 minutes per game and strictly will be used for defense and rebounding. Koufos will not average many shots per game and is not considered for daily fantasy rosters.