I used this space earlier in the season to write about Jahlil Okafor, the Philadelphia 76ers and the need for the Sixers to execute a trade. It was a column critical of Philly’s front office in parts, but the Sixers have done a lot of right over the past five years. They tanked the right way, and we’re all seeing the fruits of that with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid now among the best players in the NBA. What about the Sacramento Kings? Well, they are the anti-Sixers. They are what happens when tanking goes wrong. It’s a franchise perpetually destined for the bottom of the Western Conference standings as long as its philosophy remains jumbled and impulsive. Kings guard and former Utah Jazz guard George Hill sent a tweet last week full of angry face emojis. It was after a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, so it wasn’t difficult to speculate he wasn’t happy with how the season is going. Hill hasn’t played well, but his poor play this season deserves context. Sources say many of the Kings veterans were rounded up early in the year and told the philosophy has shifted, that the front office isn’t interested in winning and more interested in acquiring a top-,five draft pick. That in itself isn’t a bad way to go. June’s NBA draft at the top is very strong as was the case with the current rookie class. And teams are gearing up for one last tank job to fortify their rosters with the NBA adopting new lottery rules next season to discourage losing. In this sense, the Kings are no different than at least a half dozen franchises. Here’s the issue. The Kings brought in Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter during the offseason and still have Garrett Temple on the roster. These are respected vets who can play. These are vets brought in to help a young team, and according to sources, were brought in with the promise of a team aiming to be playoff competitive.
The Sacramento Kings are what happens when you don’t trust The Process
Salt Lake Tribune | Dec 11