What a difference five months can make.
Had these positions run in October, the Sacramento Kings definitely would have held among the spots. They had been a 55-loss mess just last season, and no one had even hinted at breakout potential. Zach Randolph, who hasn’t logged a second this season and was traded afterward waived in February, paced that team together with 14.5 points per game.
But the Kings are currently making a case for the NBA to create a Most Improved Team award.
The two Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox found methods to fast-forward their own development. The former 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 combination of Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles is loaded with promise. Bogdan Bogdanovic’s game acts like connective tissue. Harrison Barnes is the jumbo.
The Kings have the wiggle room to purchase even though they’ll need to wait and see if this roster that is rapidly improving is what finally brings on free brokers to Sacramento. They do get dinged for not owning their forthcoming first-round pick, but frees the franchise.