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Kings Report
Brian McCormick
May 25, 2006
 
Team: href=/profile//> Sacramento href=/profile//> Kings

Draft href=/profile//> Pick: href=/profile//> #19 href=/profile//> (second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Orlando href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Mobley/Christie href=/profile//> deal)

Depth href=/profile//> Chart:

PG: href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Bibby/Jason href=/profile//> Hart/Ronnie href=/profile//> Price
SG: href=/profile//> Kevin href=/profile//> Martin/Francisco href=/profile//> Garcia
SF: href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Artest/Sergey href=/profile//> Monia
PF: href=/profile//> Kenny href=/profile//> Thomas/Shareef href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim/Corliss href=/profile//> Williamson
C: href=/profile//> Brad href=/profile//> Miller/Vitaly href=/profile//> Potapenko/Jamal href=/profile//> Sampson

Jason href=/profile//> Hart href=/profile//> picked href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 06/07, href=/profile//> leaving href=/profile//> Jamal href=/profile//> Sampson href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agents.

Background:
The href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> unrealistically href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> hopes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> faces. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> start, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> acquired href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Artest, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> play-off href=/profile//> push href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spurs href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> save href=/profile//> Rick href=/profile//> Adelmanís href=/profile//> job. href=/profile//>

Team href=/profile//> Needs:
Last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> build href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> core href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Bibby, href=/profile//> Brad href=/profile//> Miller href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Peja href=/profile//> Stojakovic, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> shooting, href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> liability href=/profile//> threesome. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> acquisition href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Artest href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hiring href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Maloofs href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> direction, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> similar href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spurs.

The href=/profile//> exact href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> depends href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> hired. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> defensively, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bigger href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> middle href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> opposition href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> line-up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Bibby, href=/profile//> Martin/Wells, href=/profile//> Artest, href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> line-up, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> Wells, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> small, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> built href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> defense.

Wells href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> greener href=/profile//> pastures href=/profile//> elsewhere href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> postseason. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> Wells, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> posts href=/profile//> accustomed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> options href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> block: href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim, href=/profile//> Artest href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Wells. href=/profile//>

With href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> line-up href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> starters, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> drafting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> depth. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> greatly href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> selected.

General href=/profile//> Manager href=/profile//> Strategy
Geoff href=/profile//> Petrie href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> reputation href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> following href=/profile//> conventional href=/profile//> wisdom. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> yearís, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> system, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Princeton-like href=/profile//> motion href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> employed href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Adelman. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> system href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> place, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> different. href=/profile//>

Personal href=/profile//> Analysis
The href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> directions. href=/profile//> First, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> back-up href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> spell href=/profile//> Bibby, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> Hart href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> established href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> thinking href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> direction, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> defend href=/profile//> speedy href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Tony href=/profile//> Parker, href=/profile//> Devin href=/profile//> Harris href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Leandro href=/profile//> Barbosa. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> case, href=/profile//> Rajon href=/profile//> Rondo, href=/profile//> Guillermo href=/profile//> Diaz href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Kyle href=/profile//> Lowry href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> sense. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> staff href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> content href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> able-bodied href=/profile//> Hart href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Price href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> experience. href=/profile//>

Second, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> Bobby href=/profile//> Jackson href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> traded href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Memphis, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> explosive href=/profile//> punch href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> difference-maker href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> tempo-changer. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> Quincy href=/profile//> Douby, href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodriguez href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Shannon href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> available, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> selection.

Third, href=/profile//> assuming href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> re-signed, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> complement href=/profile//> Martinís href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Artestís href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Marcus href=/profile//> Vinicius href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> available, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> wings.

Finally, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> blocking href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> present href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> (Tim href=/profile//> Duncan, href=/profile//> Ben href=/profile//> Wallace, href=/profile//> Elton href=/profile//> Brand). href=/profile//> Brad href=/profile//> Miller href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> shown href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hesitancy href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bang href=/profile//> inside, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> aided href=/profile//> Jerome href=/profile//> Jamesí href=/profile//> inflated href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> demands href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> play-offs. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> seven-foot href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> blocker href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Hilton href=/profile//> Armstrong href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Saer href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> term href=/profile//> answer href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> immediate href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> honesty, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> teamís href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> need. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> mocks href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> Armstrong href=/profile//> gone href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> reach href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> nineteen. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> drops href=/profile//> unexpectedly, href=/profile//> increasing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> value href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kingsí href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> Petrie href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> choose href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> drop href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> spots, href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> land href=/profile//> Sene href=/profile//> somewhere href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> #24 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> #28. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> available, href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Sefolosha, href=/profile//> Douby href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> emerge.

Brian href=/profile//> McCormick href=/profile//> (www.lulu.com/brianmccormick)
 
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