2020: Sacramento Kings Year In Review
2020 will go down in history for so many things.
In what should be the most memorable year of all of our lifetimes, 2020 will go down as an all-timer.
If you told me that we could live in a world where schools, movie theaters, sports, restaurants, and work places could all be shut down I would have never believed it.
Well, it happened, its real and we are still living with this current situation which is very surreal.
When the calendar approaches the end of the year and you get ready to start a new year it is a good time to reflect on where you were and where we are now.
The Sacramento Kings are no different and so let’s take a look back at the year 2020 for the Sacramento Kings:
The Kings began 2020 with a record of (12-22) after beginning the season (0-5) and they were perpetually playing chase the rest of the calendar year. In January the Kings made the first of a couple trades. They dealt Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan for Anthony Tolliver and Kent Bazemore. Bazemore immediately fit and fit well with this group.
The first game for Baze was a loss that finished a 6 game losing streak and put the Kings at (15-29) a season worst and 2020 low of 14 games below .500. After that game the Kings next 20 games produced a record of (13-7).
In that stretch Buddy Hield scored 42 against Minnesota in a game that the Kings absolutely stole from the Minnesota Timberwolves. De’Aaron Fox purposely missed a free throw and got the rebound and scored. That never works but it did on that day.
On February 6th, the Kings made another move when they dealt Dewayne Dedmon, and two 2nd round picks to Atlanta for Alex Len and Jabari Parker. That would finalize the group that was going to try and make a push for the playoffs.
The Kings were playing their best basketball, getting ready to host the up and coming New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center on national tv and that is the night that the NBA and what felt like the world shut down.
The league went on pause but in the time off created a concept of an NBA bubble in Orlando. The Kings were invited to play in the 8 seeded games in the restart but disappointed. Marvin Bagley got hurt before the restart began and the Kings bubble popped after going just (3-5)
In August, Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic stepped down from their roles in the front office. Over the next two months the Kings added Monte McNair as their new General Manager and Wes Wilcox as their new assistant general manager.
In November right before the NBA draft it was reported that the Kings and Bucks had worked out a sign and trade to send Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Bucks for Donte DiVencenzo, Ersan Ilyasova, and D.J. Wilson.
That fell through the cracks and Bogi walked to Atlanta with no return to the Kings. Then came the NBA draft and the Kings at the 12 pick in the lottery snagged Tyrese Haliburton.
Haliburton has been a gem so far and the future looks so bright for him. Also on draft night the Kings added Woodard and Ramsey to see if they can be future pieces to the puzzle.
In the end of November the Kings signed De’Aaron Fox to a max contract extension which will keep him in the fold for years to come. December came around with the season beginning again in an empty Golden 1 center.
The carboard cutouts have been treated to a preseason buzzer beater from Kyle Guy and some really inspiring play to begin the 2020-2021 season.
2020 has been rough for so many and in the big picture sports can be an escape from the world’s troubles.
For Kings fans their fandom has created additional stress for the better part of a decade and a half. The way 2020 is wrapping up leaves a sincere belief that 2021 will be better.
Here’s hoping a believing that the world will be a better place in 2021 and for Kings fans you deserve to have a memorable year.
Be safe, have fun and enjoy the ride.