What a difference five months may create.
Had these rankings run in October, the Sacramento Kings could have held among the lowest spots. They were a 55-loss mess only last season, and nobody had even hinted at possible. Zach Randolph, who has not logged a second this season and has been traded afterward waived in February, paced that team together with 14.5 points per game.
But the Kings are creating a case for the NBA to make a Most Improved Team award.
Both Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox found methods to fast-forward their own development. The prior is a top-30 scorer and also top-five three-point shot. The latter is one of just 10 players averaging seven assists and 17 points. Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles’ combo is filled with promise. The game acts of bogdan Bogdanovic like tissue. Harrison Barnes is the jumbo.
The Kings have the wiggle room to buy this summer, although they will have to wait and see if this roster is what finally brings brokers that are free to Sacramento. They do get slightly dinged for not possessing their pick, but that frees the franchise to generate an all-out drive for the postseason.
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