The Sacramento Kings continue to operate with the longest NBA playoff drought, last appearing in the playoffs after the 2005-06 campaign. In more than 15 years of struggle, the Kings haven’t posted a .500 record in 82 games, even as the franchise regularly revises its roster. In the 2021-22 season, Sacramento made a substantial investment in acquiring Domantas Sabonis as a frontline partner for guards like De’Aaron Fox and 2021 lottery pick Davion Mitchell.
It remains to be seen how that experiment will work out, but the Kings finished 30-52 in the standings last season. However, Sacramento moved up to 4th overall in the draft board, offering the possibility of a potential swing, even amid rumors that the Kings could instead focus on the present by turning this selection into a more established contributor. . In the end, Sacramento kept the pickaxe and made a rather surprising selection compared to the consensus big board.
List needs: Defense, winger talent, more defense
Keegan Murray (#4 overall), C-: Murray is a quality prospect with huge numbers. He was very productive at Iowa and is a multi-faceted forward who could be valuable in many different NBA settings. However, this is a downgrade from another player (Jaden Ivey) who was available, and represents a detour from the mark for the Kings.
Free Agents 2022:
Jeremy Lamb (UFA)
Josh Jackson (UFA)
Donte DiVincenzo (FRG)
Damian Jones (UFA)
Nehemiah Ketha (RFA)
Trey Lyles (team option)
Chimezie Metu (not guaranteed)