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30Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?

Being a fan of the Sacramento Kings isn't exactly the easiest.  We are so used to taking our lumps that when something good happens, no matter how minor (like winning a summer league championship), we cherish it more than most other fanbases probably would.

So beyond the general ambition of making the playoffs or even just being a good team that every fanbase hopes for, let's get into some specifics on what we're excited for or hoping to see this upcoming year.

For me, it all revolves around Sacramento's guards.  I'm really looking forward to the continued growth of Tyrese Haliburton. I can't talk enough about how much of a joy it is to watch Tyrese play.  Tyrese was not a normal rookie and played with a wisdom beyond his years and also with a lightness in his step.  You can tell Tyrese really loves playing basketball and that his teammates love playing with him.  I want to see how that version of Tyrese does in year two with actual NBA experience under his belt and a full offseason.

I'm also excited to see how Davion Mitchell fits in all of this, especially after seeing him lock up NBA caliber guards in the Summer League.  The Kings haven't had a player like Mitchell in a long, long time and I think having someone like that on our roster who can fire up the team on both ends of the court will do wonders.

And of course, there's De'Aaron Fox, poised on the verge of true greatness.  Last year he became the youngest player in the Sacramento-era to average at least 25 points a game in a season.  Fox has gotten better each year he's been in the NBA and he won't even be turning 24 years old until nearly Christmas.  Will this be the year he finally makes the All-Star team?

Let us know in the comments below what you are most looking forward to as we get ready for Kings basketball to return in a month.

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SexyNapear
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September 18, 2021 3:32 pm
  1. Mitchell leading a junkyard dog defense.
  2. Bulked up Fox imposing his will
  3. Tyrese taking a more forceful role on offense.
  4. Richaun continuing to improve as an offensive weapon
  5. Metu kicking Bagley to the curb
  6. Hield figuring out he’s a catch-and-shoot player and not a playmaker*
  7. Walton getting a clue.*
  8. Doug Christie taking over as interim coach in December.

*Never gonna happen.

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September 18, 2021 5:06 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

Honestly, agree with most except I want to swallow my disappointment in Bagley and would like to see him prevail over Metu (5) and (8) DC is not ready to be a head coach. He needs to quell his silliness, stop truing to be the players “buddy” and incorporate other defensive philosophies into his own experience. If he does that – and he can do that- he would then be ready for coaching. Ime Udoka took quite a few years and he ought to be good.
Agree with never going to happen.

I want to see some competitive fire both on offense and defense. That’s what I am looking forward to .
and I just like Basketball.
oh ! I am looking forward to kicking the duds butts.

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September 18, 2021 11:34 pm
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I agree with the importance of everything you addressed but it disagree with your take on DC. He might not be silly at all as a coach. I don’t think he’d try to be the players’ buddy. I think you’re underestimating his ability to preach and push and DEMAND for defense to be played at a higher level.

Moreilly8
September 19, 2021 8:52 am

Walton tries to be cumbyah instead of demanding defense–or you don’t play.

Sacto_J
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September 20, 2021 12:10 pm
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I’d be curious to know how you snuck into practices to witness DC interactions with the players as a coach. How else would you know he’s trying to be “buddies with the players” and being silly around them? I’ve seen not one single report from anywhere about DC’s contributions to the team thus far.

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September 18, 2021 3:40 pm

I cancelled my subscription to Kings’ games late last season when they were a disgusting defensive sieve, painful to watch. Not so long ago I lived in Chicago where Tom Thibodeau took a Bulls team of average talent repeatedly to the playoffs, based on their hard work, defensive tenacity, and a “bench mob” with the same traits that would overwhelm opponents’ reserves. I would love watching the Kings if they just went into every game with that tough, defense-oriented mentality and play.

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September 18, 2021 3:50 pm
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Tom Thibodeau took a Bulls team of average talent repeatedly to the playoffs

Won’t deny Thibodeau’s influence, but is that the same average talent team that had 4 different players make multiple All Star games during that run and one win an MVP?

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September 18, 2021 4:19 pm
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Derrick Rose was undoubtedly a great player and league MVP before he tore his ACL. Butler was just developing his game in those early years. Joakim Noah played very hard. Was the fourth Luol Deng? Except for Rose they were not at that time great talents, but Thibs got them to play hard and helped to develop Rose and later Butler into truly great talents. Players on teams that play hard and win go to all-star games.

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September 18, 2021 4:32 pm
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Yes Deng was other. They all made mult all star games during Thibs run. Sure Thibs developed them no doubt…but there was underlying talent that I wouldn’t classify as average.

Average talent teams don’t win 60+ (Equivalent) games back to back years just based on hard work.

While still successful, Thibs hasn’t done it since. Prolly because of talent level.

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September 18, 2021 5:01 pm
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Butler was an all-star reserve in Thibs’s last season. They made the playoffs three times after Rose tore his ACL, twice without Rose. Deng and Noah were not greater talents than several Kings players. So they went to the playoffs when Rose was no longer a great talent and Butler was just becoming one. They played hard!!

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September 18, 2021 5:35 pm
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Much of that may be true…but that’s a lot of contorting to try and make an argument they weren’t above avg in talent during Thibs era.

By my count in those 5 Thibs years, 8 different players were on the Bulls that made an All Star game in their career and played significant minutes for them. That’s an indicator of some kind of talent…and at least 4+ each year on roster. Most of them made an appearance as a Bull in those years.

Kings currently have how many current or past All Stars? Checks notes…none.

But since talent is close/equal apparently, I’m sure if the Kings just “played hard” though they might have 3-4 All Stars this year.

Note: You know your franchise sucks when debating the Thibs era Bulls is more interesting than anything happening with the Kings coming up 😂

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September 18, 2021 10:00 pm
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Noah was a DPOY. No one on this roster has the talent to become that, except maybe a guy who has never played in an NBA game.

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September 20, 2021 12:14 pm
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Didn’t Thibbs get run out of town for his starchy, inflexible attitude and process to preparing / coaching his team?

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