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I'm buying in on Vlade Divac

It's that time of year again, when hope springs eternal and I start drinking the kool-aid. As a longtime fan of the Sacramento Kings, I've trained myself to be a cynic. Don't get excited. Expect the worst. And for the most part this has served me well. But I'm an optimist at heart, and sometimes I can't help but buy in. I'm dreading this offseason in many ways, to the extent that my stomach knots up when I think of all the ways it could go wrong. Nonetheless, I'm finding myself buying in, and it's entirely because of Vlade Divac. Divac is definitively in charge of the basketball side of...
Sactown Royalty May 22, 2015

Top Five Sacramento Kings Stories of the Week

The NBA Lottery came and went with the Kings staying true to form and not jumping up for the 19th time in 20 lottery attempts.  They did however manage to not drop either, which for Kings fans is a win.  That leaves them with the 6th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Shortly before the draft lottery, Vlade Divac went on SiriusXM NBA Radio and called DeMarcus Cousins "untradeable", chiding Coach Karl lightly for saying that no player was untradeable.  You can listen to the full audio here. Cousins, for his part, did something no King has done since Peja Stojakovic in 2004, making the All-NBA...
Sactown Royalty May 21, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins named Second-Team All NBA

The big man receives some national recognition. The NBA has released the results for the 2015 All-NBA teams. Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been named to the second team, a huge recognition of his dominant play this past season. Cousins was considered likely by many to make the team, although there were some doubters who have been proven to be idiots. The full results of the voting: All-NBA teams have been announced - all the voting results here - pic.twitter.com/2evCaoZ1b7 — Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 21, 2015 As I review the overall results, the thing that jumps out...
Sactown Royalty May 20, 2015

NBA Mock Drafts are mostly fixated on one player for the Kings after the lottery

Now that the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery is over and done with, Kings fans and management can now focus their attention on the 6th pick.  While the Kings will likely miss out on the biggest names, there still should be quality talent available at the position.  Let's see what the mock drafts have to say today: Chad Ford's Mock Draft 5.0 (Insider): Willie Cauley-Stein The Kings need a rim protector in the worst way (and defensive help, overall). Cauley-Stein has a chance to be both the best overall defender and rim protector in the draft. If the Kings can get over the fact that they'll be...
Sactown Royalty May 20, 2015

Historic or Hysteric? A Look Inside the NBA's #6 Draft Pick

I'm not sure if you've heard, but the Sacramento Kings have been awarded the sixth pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Let's see how that might work out for them, shall we? Good players can be found virtually anywhere in the draft lottery. Heck, great players can be found anywhere in the draft lottery. Hall of Fame players, though much harder to come by, can be found almost anywhere in the draft lottery. Certainly, the higher you pick, the greater the odds that you will land a good/great player. But a higher pick does not assure you that you will avoid a bust, and a lower pick is not a guarantee...
Sactown Royalty May 19, 2015

The Sacramento Kings have the 6th Pick in the 2015 NBA Draft

For the 19th time in 20 attempts in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Kings failed to move up in the draft.  However they also didn't drop, which is a silver lining.  As such the Kings will remain at the 6th position in the draft. The NBA Draft lottery mostly stuck to form this year up until the 4th pick in the draft, which the New York Knicks landed.  The Minnesota Timberwolves landed the #1 pick, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at #2 and the Philadelphia 76ers at #3. The Kings have had the 6th pick twice in the Sacramento-era, selecting Joe Kleine in 1985 and Kenny Smith in 1986.  Early...
Sactown Royalty May 19, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Lottery Thread

We're only an hour and a half from either questioning the merits of the draft lottery system again or petitioning SB Nation to rename this blog "SacTowns Royalty". The festivities begin at 5 p.m. Pacific on ESPN.  You can find all information on odds here. Bring it home Vlade!  Go Kings!
Sactown Royalty May 19, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Lottery: A Sacramento Kings Guide

It's that time of year again when Sacramento Kings fans wake up from their offseason slumber to have their hopes and dreams shattered by the bounce of some ping pong balls.  So how does it work, and when does it start? The When: 5:00 - 5:30 pm Pacific on ESPN We will also be hosting an open thread here on Sactown Royalty starting at 4:00 pm. The Kings "Chances" According to "Math": The Kings are currently in the 6th slot as per the team record.  The Draft Lottery is held for the Top 3 picks, and the rest of the order is determined by team record.  The Kings have the following chances: #1...
Sactown Royalty May 18, 2015

We're Due

Because I said so. For years we've seen and heard the same thing. First, we watch as the placard for our beloved Sacramento Kings is revealed way too early on the draft lottery dais. Next, we get a quick shot of the non-plussed Kings representative, and the Kings are then not heard from again for the balance of the telecast. Last but certainly not least, we Kings fans bemoan our fate and curse the continued bad luck. But is it truly bad luck? I mean, the lottery odds pretty much state that if you are one of the five worst teams in the league, you have a better chance of moving down in the...
Sactown Royalty May 16, 2015

Sacramento's urgency to become relevant is both refreshing and worrying

Yesterday afternoon, Grant Napear had Kings VP of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac (it still feels weird saying that) to talk about the offseason and the draft.  Divac made a point of mentioning that the Kings need to get good quickly, something that's been a common refrain during the Ranadivé regime. This urgency to become relevant is a nice change of pace from Maloof-ian disinterest but it's also worrying to me as a fan who has seen so many impatient moves fail to work out.  There seems to be a sentiment among many fans that the Kings can't afford to wait on yet another young player...
Sactown Royalty May 15, 2015

Top Five Sacramento Kings stories of the week

Ailene Voisin sat down with Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé to discuss the current state of the Kings and his tenure so far.  Vivek admits he's made mistakes but hopes not to make the same ones going forward. The NBA's Christmas Uniforms were leaked and while it's unlikely the Kings are featured on Christmas Day, their proposed uniforms look spiffy. In other uniform news, it appears that the Kings will be bringing back the Baby Blue throwbacks this season, as revealed through an Adidas leak. The NBA Draft Combine was this week and the Kings, along with many other teams, attended.  The Kings...
Sactown Royalty May 14, 2015

Nets Assistant John Welch likely to join George Karl's coaching staff

While there's a lot of work to be done on the Kings roster this offseason, head coach George Karl is also in the midst of rebuilding his coaching staff.  Karl had inherited Mike Malone/Tyrone Corbin's staff midway through last season with the only addition being offensive guru Vance Walberg.  Walberg had been one of Karl's assistants in Denver.  A couple weeks ago it was announced that Karl had snagged yet another of his former assistants in Philadelphia's Chad Iske. Buried in the Adrian Wojnarowski's report of Iske's hiring was a mention of John Welch, another former Karl assistant (I'm...
Sactown Royalty May 14, 2015

The Ghost of Lottery Present: Ping Pong Balls are the worst

Yesterday we took a look back at the early history of the Sacramento Kings and their many trips to the NBA lottery.  The Kings had a good run in the early part of the 21st century that made the lottery a distant memory but starting in 2007 the Kings have been back in the lottery every year. 2007 Lottery Position: 10th Chance to win: 1.8% Actual Position: 10th Draft Pick: Spencer Hawes After a long absence, the Kings finally returned to the lottery in 2007, although not in a very good position to improve their standing.  The Kings ended up staying put and selecting Spencer Hawes at #10 to...
Sactown Royalty May 13, 2015

The Ghost of Lottery Past: The Early Years

Few fanbases know the intricacies of the NBA lottery as well as Sacramento Kings fans.  The Kings have participated in the draft lottery 19 times in their 30 seasons in Sacramento, with this May 19th marking the 20th time. The Kings have been far from lucky despite so many chances in the lottery, improving their draft position just once in 19 tries, and even then, the Kings have bungled quite a few lottery picks simply by drafting the wrong player. Let's take a look back at Sacramento's lottery picks through the years, starting with the team's arrival to Sacramento up until their ascent to...
Sactown Royalty May 10, 2015

Memphis and Golden State two distinct models the Kings could follow

James Ham at Cowbell Kingdom muses over the potential paths for the Sacramento Kings, and he looks at two currently embattled Western contenders as possible models to follow: Memphis grinds it out. They play through their two bigs all game long. They ranked 26th in the league in pace, which is the darling buzz word in the world of advanced statistics. Memphis held their opponent to just 95.1 points per game, good enough for second-best in the league and built their name on hard-nosed, conventional basketball despite employing stats guru John Hollinger on their management staff. While...
Sactown Royalty May 8, 2015

Top 5 Sacramento Kings stories of the week

In the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery, the Sacramento Kings will be represented by Vlade Divac. A no-brainer choice to represent the team, really, as Vlade is the best. Although, if I'm interpreting this correctly, this means the Kings will somehow drop to the 21st pick in the draft. Thems the breaks. Kings minority owner Shaq took a big fall on the set of TNT's NBA Halftime, and the internet did what internets do best. Kings.com had a nice roundup of the action. The Playing to Win documentary added additional theater dates. It's almost like the groundswell of fans who helped the team stay...
Sactown Royalty May 8, 2015

Arena project giving Sacramentans a pathway to employment

For some, the new downtown Sacramento arena will serve as the home of the Kings and a venue for entertainment. For others, it is already serving as a catalyst for a new personal future. Brandon Gallow wasn't surrounded by the best influences growing up in an economically depressed neighborhood of Sacramento's Oak Park. Reflecting on his childhood, he recalls watching many of his friends' parents do drugs and few of the adults around him going to work. He admits being engulfed in dysfunction and having little structure in his life. But Gallow, who is one of five siblings, never used this as...
Sactown Royalty May 8, 2015

Cracking the Core Rotation as a Rookie

For the purpose of this exercise, the Kings are keeping their 2015 draft pick. Also, in spite of what you may have been told, there is math. "With the 6th/7th/8th/9th pick of the 2015 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings select Justise Winslow / Willie Cauley-Stein / Kristaps Porzingis / Mario Hezonja / Stanley Johnson / Myles Turner / Frank Kaminsky / none of the above." And with that, a draft contest is won or lost, a fan base is elated, vacillated, inebriated and/or exasperated, and a draft thread burns to the ground in celebration or immolation. Days later, when we sift through the rubble...
Sactown Royalty May 7, 2015

I Still Don't Know

And neither do you. N'yah! Yesterday I waxed moronic in regards to who I would like to see the Kings pick if they were to land a top three pick in the 2015 NBA draft. It was either that or pontificate on what my first sexual encounter will be when I get to Mars (resisting arrested development of a 13 year old to substitute "Mars" with "Uranus"). Today, we look at the more likely scenario: that the Kings draft as high as #6 (and you're high if you think that will happen) or as low as #9. I'm guessing #7, as it is the most likely outcome and gives us the opportunity to say that we've been...
Sactown Royalty May 6, 2015

Chad Ford picks Myles Turner, projects Willie Cauley-Stein for Kings

Chad Ford's latest mock exercise has the Kings likely to take Willie Cauley-Stein, but Ford believes another player might be a better choice. Chad Ford's latest mock draft is now available via ESPN Insider, and it has a new wrinkle. Rather than simply projecting where players will go, Ford makes selections as though he was the GM for each team. Personally, I find it to be a refreshing exercise in this time of more mocks that you can shake a stick at. Ford still project the Sacramento Kings to take Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky, which I'm sure will delight many Kings fans. But Ford the...

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