Why the Sacramento Kings aren’t ‘going to catch anyone by surprise’ this season

Nov 3, 2023, 7:30 AM

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NBA writer Shaun Powell joined “The Drive Guys” to talk about the state of the Western Conference one week into the season, how the Sacramento Kings repeat last season’s success, and more.

Sacramento is already off to a better start this year compared to last year. In 2022, the Kings started the season 0-4. Through four games this season, the Kings are 2-2 with both losses coming against the Golden State Warriors.

“You want to see growth and you want to see them build on what they did last year,” Powell said before adding the Kings have a couple of strikes against them though. “They’re not going to catch anybody by surprise, they’ve got respect. And the other thing is, last year, they took advantage of certain situations in the West, namely injuries to some team that would be there, like the Clippers. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard missing a lot of time. Had those players been healthy, maybe Sacramento wouldn’t have finished as high as they did in the West. But I’m nitpicking here. I think the Kings are good. I love De’Aaron Fox, I’m a big-time believer in him. The other players have to take their game to the next level, listen to what Mike Brown is telling them and try to build on what you did last year.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • What stands out in the NBA’s Western Conference so far this season?
  • Is the combination of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis good enough for the Sacramento Kings?
  • Where the Kings rank amongst the best NBA teams in California.
  • Will James Harden make the necessary sacrifices to win an NBA title with the Clippers?
  • Why today’s NBA players need to play more and sit less.

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