Sacramento Kings’ Reke and Cousins have work to do.
Reke Havoc is the talk of the organization. He should be. Tyreke was one of four players (MJ, Oscar, and LeBron) to average 20-5-5 in their rookie campaigns. The Kings were dead last in the Pacific Division going 5-11 and 16-36 against the Western Conference. Their overall record was 25-57 in 2009-2010 making them the second worst team in the Wild West. That doesn’t inspire any confidence, but Reke is fun to watch, right?
Obviously Reke was the only shining star for the Kings and what star he is. He has the potential to be a Hall of Famer if this type of performance is the result in every single game. Evans can also rival Oscar Robertson as the best Kings player of all time while surpassing Mitch Richmond and Chris Webber. This is all possible and should leave all Kings’ fans in some kind of orgy, but make sure that he doesn’t end up like Bobby Hurley. Do not be surprised if Reke is competing against LeBron James as the best all around statistical player in a few years.
They got DeMarcus Cousins in the draft!
The Kings got their future frontcourt set with Cousins and Jason Thompson. Cousins will be learning under Samuel Dalembert. Cousins averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game at Kentucky. Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder is not the only promising young team in the West. Francisco Garcia has to make sure that he does not get injured with any medicine ball. The Jason Thompson-Carl Landry power forward duo is tough to pin down because either guy can be the starter. Someone has to be on the bench. Donte Green and Omri Casspi will be battling it out for the small forward spot. Francisco Garcia might have to move over to the big guard position, which will have Beno Udrih as the backup point guard.
Team strengths: Big men and point guard
Cousins – Dalembert – Thompson – Landry and Tyreke Evans
Team weaknesses: Inexperienced
This team will not be the second worst team in the West for 2010-2011. They just have more learning to do. You hope that Evans worked on that jump shot all summer with Rose and Mayo. He added more bulk and muscle, which means that he will abuse ALL point guards across the landscape. Reke stands at 6-6 with shoes on making him virtually unstoppable especially with that yo-yo dribble. Don’t make him some kind of SG-PG project. Just make him a staple at the point and call it a day. A completely healthy and improved Evans projected stat line should read as follows: 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2 steals. That boy is crazy good like 120 miles per hour good!
Surprisingly, this team has a few capable three point shooters in Casspi, Udrih, and Francisco Garcia. All three hover around 40 percent from three point land. That’s impressive. Reke Havoc better make sure to capitalize on that distinction with drive and kicks.
Final verdict: The Kings will have over 30 wins. However, they will miss the playoffs. Playing on the road is their major weakness since the Kings obtained only 7 wins in that section. That’s absolutely putrid. First things first – they have to be able to beat Western Conference teams and learn how to mesh especially with all the big men available on the roster. Expect a 3rd place finish in the Pacific Division. If Reke is absent for 10 games, Kings will slip back to last place.
And finally for the young kids, peep Tyreke Evans’ handles. That boy is nasty. Kobe Bryant called him a grown ass man for a reason. He is found beating up on little kids in the vid. Word to Hoopmixtape.