2014-15 Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings had yet another rough season on the court although they significantly outperformed their straight up record on the betting board as a value dog that few people want anything to do with and bargain hunters will use with enhanced value given up by oddsmakers begging for action drawn towards Sacramento’s way.
The Kings lacked the salary cap space to be very active in the free agent or trade markets this past offseason and the acquisition of Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams made the cap space even tighter. Gay is expected to team with franchise center DeMarcus Cousins if the Kings are to have any shot at a playoff run. The Kings are simply outmanned and lack the quality in both starting lineup and depth to compete in the brutally tough Western Conference. On the positive, they did beat out the Los Angeles Lakers for fourth place in the Pacific, which is indicative of the Lakers stunning fall from glory.
2014-15 Sacramento Kings odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship: 300/1
2014-15 Sacramento Kings Depth Chart
PF-Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, Eric Moreland
C-DeMarcus Cousins, Reggie Evans, Ryan Hollins, Sim Bhullar
SF-Rudy Gay, Omri Cassspi
SG-Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas
PG-Darren Collison, Ramon Sessions, Ray McCallum
Sim Bhullar, Deonte Burton, Darren Collison, Wayne Ellington, Alonzo Gee, Eric Moreland, Nik Stauskas, Jeremy Tyler
Jared Cunningham, Wayne Ellington, Aaron Gray, Willie Reed, Isaiah Thomas, Jeremy Tyler
The 43 year old Mike Malone is in his second season as head coach of the Kings after serving as a NBA assistant from 2001-2013. He arrived to the Kings from the Golden State Warriors. Malone is from Queens, New York and attended Loyola, Maryland.
Rudy Gay is a former first round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 2006 that came to Sacramento in a trade from the Toronto Raptors in 2013. He was a NBA First Team All Rookie in 2007. Gay tied for his career high last year with 20.1 points per game. Gay’s career average is 18.2 points per game.
DeMarcus Cousins is a first round draft choice of the Kings from 2010 after playing his college ball at Kentucky. He was a 2011 member of the NBA All Rookie Team. Cousins truly emerged as a top shelf big last year with a career best 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.
Jason Thompson was a 2008 first round draft pick of the Kings that took a step back last year averaging just 7.1 points per game. His career average is 9.9 points per game. The Kings will need Thompson to get back to double digits if they are to show significant improvement.
Darren Collison is a first round draft pick of the New Orleans Hornets in 2009 and arrived this summer from the Los Angeles Clippers. He was a 2010 NBA All Rookie First Team selection. Collison averaged 11.4 points per game last season and has a career average of 11.9 points per game.
The Kings need too many things to fall perfectly into place to become a contender but that does not mean that they cannot steal some games and some betting value. Sacramento will continue to be a team that the betting public avoids which means good bargain hunting opportunities for sharps!
Sacramento Kings 2013-14 Statistics
Straight Up: 28-54
ATS Overall: 37-42-3
ATS Home: 17-23-1
ATS Away: 20-19-2
ATS Favorite: 10-12-1
ATS Dog: 27-30-2
O/U Overall: 37-43-2
O/U Home: 20-21
O/U Away: 17-22-2
Offense Points per Game: 100.5 (17th)
Offense Field Goal %: 44.7 (18th)
Offense 3-Point%: 33.3 (27th)
Offense Free Throw%: 75.9 (15th)
Offense Rebounds PG: 44.5 (15th)
Defense Points per Game: 103.4 (24th)
Defense Field Goal%: 46.1 (20th)
Defense 3-Point%: 38.0 (29th)
Defense Free Throw %: 73.7 (3rd)
Defense Rebounds PG: 41.2 (6th)
2013-14 Sacramento Kings Team Leaders
Points: DeMarcus Cousins 22.7
Assists: Isaiah Thomas 6.3
Rebounds: DeMarcus Cousins 11.7
FG%: DeMarcus Cousins 49.6
Steals: DeMarcus Cousins 1.5
Blocks: DeMarcus Cousins 1.3
2014-15 Sacramento Kings Roster