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The Kings have been terrible since the end of the Chris Weber and Mike Bibby era. Although, for the first time in a long time, it feels like they are trending in the right direction.
They have built a solid young core that is only getting stronger with the drafting of Duke star, Marvin Bagley III this offseason, but they may just be too young and inexperienced to compete in a stacked Western Conference.
Key losses: The Kings' lone loss of note is shooting guard Garrett Temple. While he was a productive player, he didn't figure to be a part of the Kings' long-term plans anyway; Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic proved to be capable in handling that role last season. While Temple provided the Kings with depth in the past, he is certainly replaceable.
Key returners: Part of the reason for the Kings' struggles is that they're so young. They are in the middle of a rebuild and closer to tearing it down than they are competing. This also means a lot of those young players are returning --
Fox, Hield, and Bogdanovic figure to be the backcourt of the future, and they're all looking to take a major leap in production and development this season.
Cauley-Stein is a fine defensive player, but might not be a part of the team long-term if he's expecting big time money when his contract is up after this season.
Key additions: The Kings key additions this offseason start with Bagley. As the No. 2 overall pick, there are high expectations for the former Duke standout. Him, Fox and Hield are the three players the Kings are really counting on to be the foundation of the franchise for the next 10-plus years.
Other notable additions include Yogi Ferrell, Ben McLemore, and Deyonta Davis. Ferrell showed flashes of being a solid point guard at times for Dallas, but couldn't maintain it for a full season. He'll provide depth and offensive spunk off the bench, similar to a Nate Robinson role but without the dunk contests.
McLemore is back for his second stint with the team that drafted him after an underwhelming start to his career; the Kings hope bringing him back will give him a shot of energy. Davis, as well, had an underwhelming start to his career in Memphis and looks for a fresh start in Sactown.
X-factor: It has to be Bagley. He is the one on the team with the highest superstar-potential at this point. Bagley was taken number two overall, so he could be the player that makes or breaks the entire Kings rebuild.
Betting odds: The Kings odds to win the NBA Championship currently sit at +5500, which is tied for the worst in the league. The over/under on their season win total is 25.5 wins, second-lowest in the league.
You might want to be cautious betting on the Kings this season unless you want to bank on Bagley being a legit star his rookie year and propelling them to a win total somewhere in the 30s.
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