The NBA announced the In-Season Tournament Schedule on Tuesday, giving us our first glimpse at the schedule for the Sacramento Kings for the upcoming season. The full NBA schedule is expected to be released Thursday.
Sacramento’s Group Play Schedule will be as follows:
Friday Nov 10th vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Friday Nov 17th @ San Antonio Spurs, on ESPN
Friday Nov 24th @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Tuesday Nov 28th vs Golden State, on TNT
This means that before the rest of the season schedule is even announced, we know the Kings are scheduled for two National TV games.
Regarding the format of the In-Season Tournament, the Sacramento Kings are part of West Group C, which also includes the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs. The Kings will first play members of their group on designated nights as part of a Group Play round, and the top eight teams from Group Play will advance to Knockout Rounds to determine the winner of the In-Season Tournament.
We’ll see how the tournament actually goes. Hopefully it will be fun but it may take a few years for fans to fully grasp the mechanics of how it works and to feel invested in it.