Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 The Bet: lean although Avoid under
If any over/under mark seems right about the money, it’s the one. But we’ll still lean ever so slightly toward the below, chiefly for reasons clarified by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton as he chased the Western Conference bottom-feeders to win just 27.4 games:
“Despite incorporating veterans Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph as free agents, the Kings are projected as the league’s second-worst offensive assault by RPM. Even though this isn’t a part of this projection, few teams are going to have more incentive to improve their draft pick, as Sacramento will not have its first-rounder in 2019 because of trade.”
That incentive to tank is big, and it might not even be as impactful as the potential loss of Randolph. Explaining a situation that may soon use to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery wrote for The Commerical Appeal:”The team’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a player will probably be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA when he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the prosecution distribution of marijuana”
Losing Randolph would push even more moments upon the Kings’ assortment of inexperienced players. And that is the theme of the roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of establishing their coffers following the passing of DeMarcus Cousins.
That approach will not turn into wins.
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