‘Entering PO after 17 years’ Sacramento, next task is to strengthen defense
The Sacramento Kings (hereinafter referred to as Sacramento) are working on their preparations for the upcoming season.
Sacramento recently completed its 18-man roster by signing Jordan Ford to a two-way contract. With training camp starting soon, it is highly likely that the roster will remain in place until the opening game of the 2023-24 season.
Sacramento recorded the highest offensive rating (118.6 points) in NBA history last season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. The offense led by De’Aaron Parks, who improved from last season, Domantas Sabonis and Kevin Herder, who adapted perfectly to the team, and Malik Monk, who played a big role as a bench scorer, was impressive.
At the same time, we also confirmed that if we showed good performance in defense, we could reach a higher level last season. Sacramento ranked 24th in defensive rating (116 points) last season. However, Sacramento, which was strong in away games, changed completely as it prepared for the playoffs. They increased their defensive intensity in the first round of the playoffs against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry. After a great game that lasted until Game 7, Sacramento decided to start next season.
This summer, Sacramento sought to strengthen its defense by recruiting players. They targeted Golden State’s Draymond Green, Washington Wizards’ Kyle Kuzma, and Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, but all signed contracts with their original teams. In the end, Sacramento decided to maintain its original core by re-signing Harris Barnes.
Afterwards, Sacramento’s eyes moved simultaneously. After careful moves, they signed a contract with 2023 EuroLeague MVP Sasha Bezenkov and improved the squad by acquiring Chris Duarte from the Indiana Pacers through a trade.토토사이트
They then signed a new contract with Alex Ren, who played only 26 games and 6.2 minutes per game in the regular league last season. Len endured a difficult time last season, recording 51 DNPs (discretionary absences from play). In his last seven regular league games, he was given more than double the average playing time (13.7 minutes). At the same time, he recorded a 61.1% field goal success rate and boosted Sacramento’s defense with 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
While Len’s rim-protecting ability and box-out ability are brought to this season, Sacramento also brought in three-time NBA champion Gervail McGee, who can compete with him for playing time or help him.
Overall, Sacramento replaced Chimezi Metu with Bezenkov and Terence Davis with Duarte. Bezenkov’s NBA challenge has just begun, and Duarte did not receive as many opportunities as he did during his rookie season in Indiana last season, but he showed that he has potential in terms of defense. In addition, Davion Mitchell, Sacramento’s best defender, also raised the expectations of Sacramento fans to the highest level by pledging to further improve the defense, which has already reached the highest level.
Meanwhile, it appears that Sacramento, which already has the best offense, will not need to have the NBA’s best defense next season. If they can break into the top 20 in defensive rating and maintain their league average of 15th, they could have a shot at atop the Western Conference and NBA championships.