Pete D'Alessandro was in a comfortable place.

He could have stayed in Denver and angled to be the Nuggets' new general manager, continuing to work with team president Josh Kroenke.

But D'Alessandro wanted to take a chance on himself.

"I've always been that second guy," D'Alessandro said. "I've always been the guy who can help, and we've had success wherever I've gone. I feel I'm ready."

D'Alessandro is no longer the second guy after being introduced as the Kings' new general manager Monday at Sleep Train Arena on his 45th birthday.

D'Alessandro replaces Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, whose contract expires at the end of the month.

Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive admitted a bias toward hiring someone with experience to run basketball operations.

Ranadive initially viewed D'Alessandro as a "long shot" for the job but was captivated by D'Alessandro's intelligence and vision.

And D'Alessandro falls in line with many of today's new general managers. He didn't play in the NBA or even in college. Statistical analysis is a strength, and he has worked for a sports agency.

D'Alessandro is also a lawyer.

"The 21st-century GM has to understand the complexities of (salary) capology, the development in technology, the use of analytics," Ranadive said. "And if a good chess player thinks two moves ahead, in Pete we have a guy who can think four moves ahead."

D'Alessandro spent four seasons with Golden State (2004-08). He spent the past three seasons with the Nuggets, serving as vice president of basketball operations last season.

Rather than assume the role his "brother," Masai Ujiri, had in Denver before leaving for Toronto, D'Alessandro wants to put his beliefs into practice in a new situation with the Kings.