Sacramento Kings News
Sacramento Kings 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 8, Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan
4-7-14: The Isaiah Thomas-less Kings had a three-game road trip this past week and then returned to Sleep Train Arena to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Behind a game-high 31 points from Rudy Gay, Sacramento won that contest by five points. The Kings also beat the Pelicans by five points in New Orleans on Monday. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 35 points at Smoothie King Arena that night. Gay also had a strong performance on Saturday at Dallas, but that was not enough as the Mavericks won, 103-100. On Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Kings by double digits.
4-1-14: The Kings finished their four-game homestand this past week. DeMarcus Cousins was the rebounder of the week for Sacramento. He grabbed game-highs in rebounds in each of their three games, as he had a combined 40 boards. Cousins also led all scorers in Sunday’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks. His 32 points led the Kings to the 124-107 victory that night at Sleep Train Arena. Isaiah Thomas also was a game-high scorer, but that came in a loss on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. Additionally, the Kings lost Wednesday’s game to the New York Knicks, 107-99.
3-24-14: The Kings were swept in a road back-to-back set, but bounced back to defeat the Washington Wizards at home. On Saturday at the United Center, Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 26 points and DeMarcus Cousins chipped in a game-high 14 rebounds, but Sacramento lost to the Chicago Bulls, 94-87. Mike Malone then gave Cousins the night off on Sunday in Minnesota. Without their leading scorer, the Kings missed a victory by just two points that night. On Tuesday, Cousins returned after missing one game. He helped Thomas get his first career triple-double as the Kings beat the Wizards in overtime.
3-17-14: This past week, the Kings were in the midst of their seven-game road trip with the first six contests being against opponents from the Eastern Conference. On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 24 points, but that performance was not enough as Sacramento fell by 12 points to the Toronto Raptors. During the Kings’ off day, the organization announced that Carl Landry would be out for the rest of season due to a medial meniscus tear in his knee. Then on Sunday, DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, but the Kings lost again. Although Sacramento’s losing streak went to three games on Tuesday, the Kings beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
3-10-14: On Friday, the Kings had a strong offensive night, but allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to make a franchise-record 19 shots from 3-point distance and Sacramento lost, 126-122. Gay scored a game-high 32 points, and Derrick Williams put up 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings made it three straight losses on Saturday. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 17 rebounds, but the Minnesota Timberwolves won, 108-97. However, the Kings bounced back with wins over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Kings also signed forward Royce White to a 10-day contract.
3-3-14: A poor showing in the 3rd cost the Kings Saturday's game vs Minnesota. In what was essentially a 3-on-3, the Wolves core (Love, Pekovic, and Martin) outscore the King's trio (Gay, Cousin, and Thomas) 68-67. The Kings' recently waived guard Jimmer Fredette was picked up by the Chicago Bulls and made his debut with the team in Sunday's game vs the Knicks.
3-2-14: The Kings played well this past week and finished with a 2-1 record. They hosted the Boston Celtics on Saturday, and DeMarcus Cousins returned from a one-game absence to play. He got into foul trouble, but his teammates helped him out to get the seven-point victory. Then, the Kings made it two wins in a row: Sacramento traveled to Denver for the second night of the back-to-back set and defeated the Nuggets by 14 points. However, the rest of the week did not go so well. In Tuesday’s 129-103 loss to the Houston Rockets, Cousins punched Patrick Beverley and abused a referee. He was suspended one game and fined $20,000. The Kings also bought out Jimmer Fredette.
2-28-14: DeMarcus Cousins will miss tonight's game due to a one-game suspension handed out by the league for his involvement in an altercation with Houston Rockets player Patrick Beverly during the Kings 129-103 loss on Tuesday night. Cousins has also been fined $20,000. Cousins currently leads the league in technical fouls at 15 and faces another one-game suspension upon his inevitable 16th.
2-27-14: Tomorrow night at the Lakers is the cheapest Kings/Lakers matchup at Staples Center of the past 4 seasons. Current cheapest ticket is $16. Despite both teams struggles over recent years, the Kings and Lakers had one of the Western Conference's most fierce rivalries during the early part of the 2000's.
2-26-14: The Kings suffered a blow out loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets last night. Things were off to a rough start as the score was 42-17 at the end of the first, 22 of which came from James Harden. Harden would go on to score 43 and rest for the entire fourth quarter during extended garbage time.
2-25-14: The end is near for “Jimmer Time” in Sacramento. Multiple reports confirm that the team is negotiating a buyout with former BYU standout Jimmer Fredette. The 10th overall pick has struggled to get off the bench during his tenure in Sacramento. He's currently averaging 5.9 points per game in just over 11 minutes this season.
2-24-14: On Saturday, Ben McLemore included Kings minority owner Shaquille O’Neal in his battle-round dunk. He made it a spectacle by having O’Neal sit in a king’s throne underneath the hoop. While McLemore was the only Sacramento participant in All-Star weekend, the rest of the Kings got to rest. However, having a week between games was not enough to be able to defeat the Golden State Warriors. DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday’s nine-point loss with a hip injury. The Kings also made a trade this past week. They sent Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.
2-18-14: The Kings had some bright spots in the middle of the season, but as expected, they will be going into the lottery as they are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference heading into the All-Star break. On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins went for 31 points and 16 rebounds, but the absences of Rudy Gay and Marcus Thornton prevented the Kings from defeating the Boston Celtics. Then, Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 30 points in Sunday’s loss at Washington. After the Kings fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers by double digits on Tuesday, Jimmer Fredette put up a career-high 24 points in the Kings’ victory over the New York Knicks in the second night of the back-to-back. However, Cousins left that game with a left hip flexor injury.
2-10-14: After losing in both Dallas and San Antonio, the Kings finally ended their losing streak on Monday. Heading into that game against the Bulls, Sacramento had lost its last seven contests, but the Kings defeated Chicago by a whopping 29 points. What a way to end the team’s season-worst losing streak with such a large margin of victory. Then on Wednesday, Rudy Gay got revenge on his former team. He scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Kings’ 109-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. While Sacramento will most likely not make the playoffs this season, the squad looks ready to make an impact on the league within the next few years.
2-4-14: Just as Carl Landry got back to playing consistent minutes, the rest of the Kings could not stay on the court. DeMarcus Cousins remains out and Rudy Gay missed most of this past week, as the Kings’ losing streak moved to five games. In Friday’s overtime loss to the Pacers, Marcus Thornton had 42 points, which matched his career-high. After the Kings fell to the Nuggets by eight points on Sunday, Derrick Williams went off the next day at Utah. He scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the loss to the Jazz. Then, Rudy Gay returned on Wednesday to face Memphis, but his 23 points were not enough to get the victory.
1-27-14: The Kings just finished their first road trip of 2014. None of the opponents were easy, including the four that they faced this past week. On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds, but Sacramento fell to the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-90. Then, two days later, Isaiah Thomas matched his career-high with 38 points, but it was not enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Kings. On Tuesday, Rudy Gay helped Sacramento stop its short losing streak as he scored his most points in a Kings uniform in the team’s 114-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. However, injuries to Gay and Cousins on Wednesday in Houston prevented the Kings from having a chance of winning that game against the Rockets.
1-20-14: Hello, winning streak: Rudy Gay and the Kings took advantage of the lengthy homestand at the beginning of 2014 and won a season-best three straight games. The first was an impressive 123-119 victory over one of the best teams in the league in the Portland Trail Blazers. Then after blowing out the Orlando Magic, the Kings destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 124-80. The 44-point victory was the largest margin of any game this NBA season. DeMarcus Cousins, who was named the Western Conference Player of the Week, averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds en route to leading Sacramento to a 3-0 record over that stretch.
1-7-14: When the Heat went to Sacramento on Friday, they were somewhat hobbled. However, the Kings defeated Miami in overtime with LeBron on the court. DeMarcus Cousins had a game-high 17 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas led all players with 11 assists. Then, the Kings traveled to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. They lost by just eight points at the AT&T Center on Sunday, and then Cousins put up 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Kings upset the Rockets, 110-106, on Tuesday. It was frustrating that Sacramento dropped Thursday’s home contest to the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Kings still had a solid week with those two wins over title contenders.
12-30-13: It was a typical week for the Kings, who went 1-2. They lost to two better opponents, but got a solid victory on the road in Orlando. After the Heat defeated Sacramento by 19 points in Miami on Friday, the Kings made the quick trip to face the Magic. They got 23 points and three 3-pointers from both Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay en route to the their third consecutive win in Orlando. Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson also scored double-digits in the 105-100 Kings victory. They then traveled home for a game on Monday, but lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 113-100.
12-22-13: The lottery-bound Kings had another difficult week on the road, as they were winless in their three games away from home. However, they did get an impressive 15-point victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday in Sacramento. In that game, Rudy Gay led all scorers with 26 points. DeMarcus Cousins also posted his 12th double-double of the season. Although the Kings lost two days later in Charlotte, Cousins had a monster game. His game-high 30 points and 17 rebounds went along with six assists and three steals. He became the first player to reach those plateaus in the same contest in almost two years.
12-13-13: It was a very interesting week for the Kings: it involved four games and a big trade. They sent the four-man package of John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. The acquisition of Rudy Gay might not get the Kings into the playoffs this season, but it could provide them some more scoring in their starting lineup. After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the Kings traveled to Utah the next night and won in overtime. Then, they made their home crowd happy with a big upset over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. However, the Jazz then got revenge in Sacramento on Wednesday.
12-7-13: It is not looking good for Mike Malone in his first year with the Kings, a team that has lost five consecutive games after Tuesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings’ game with the Clippers on the previous Friday was the end of three consecutive contests against the Los Angeles teams, but the Kings did not win any of those games. Then on Sunday, the Kings lost to the Golden State Warriors. Most of Sacramento’s losses recently have been by only a few points, but scoring has been an issue for the Kings. Only DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas have been putting up consistent scoring for this team in 2013-14.
11-28-13: The Sacramento Kings continued their longstanding tradition of stockpiling players who play the same position, when they traded Luc Mbah a Moute for former number two overall pick Derrick Williams this week. Williams, a tweener PF who never had a chance to blossom in Minnesota, will look to find meaningful minutes in Sacramento and prove his long-term worth in the league. The Kings lost back-to-back at the Staples Center last Saturday/Sunday to the Clippers and Lakers and have had no game action all week until facing off at home on Friday against the Clippers. The Kings are sitting at 4-9 on the year and in desperate need for a spark.
11-22-13: After struggling through a tough early season schedule and sitting at a record of 2-7, it looked like the same old Sacramento Kings would be running the court this season. However, the Kings have turned things around the last two games with back-to-back victories over the Phoenix Suns for a record of 4-7. DeMarcus Cousins is doing his best to earn his max-contract extension and is averaging a career best 21.5 ppg. Rookie Ben McLemore has been moved into the starting lineup over the last five games, but has scored in double figures just once (19 points on 11/19). Over his five starts he has averaged just 8.2 ppg in 20.4 mpg.
11-15-13: The Kings talked about change after sitting at just 1-5 in week three, and head coach Mike Malone enforced that change and it paid off. Malone moved shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the starting lineup to a reserve role and it paid off, as Thornton was a major spark off the bench and helped the Kings to their second win on the year on Wednesday night. Sacramento is still struggling at just 2-5, but the new change offers optimism for the second unit and the team overall moving forward.
11-8-13: Sacramento has a new head coach, a new GM and a new starting point guard. Unfortunately, it’s the same old result. The Kings got off to a nice start with a narrow win in their first game of the season, but poor defense reared it’s ugly head again as they dropped their next three. With just a 1-3 record through the first four games, the Kings have yet to show that they are a more disciplined team than they were a year ago.
11-1-13: Mike Malone is the new head coach in Sacramento for a team that hopes to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Kings selected Ben McLemore in the 2013 draft in addition to acquiring Greivis Vasquez and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the offseason. It is unfortunate that Carl Landry, who they signed in July, is out for the first three to four months of the season because he would have been an important asset in the frontcourt. DeMarcus Cousins, who had a stellar preseason, will have to take on more of a responsibility without Landry. Kings fans hope that he is up to the challenge.
10-18-13: The Sacramento Kings have a 3-1 record through four preseason games. DeMarcus Cousins is killing it in the preseason, averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, .8 blocks and 2.8 steals, all team highs. Cousins had a 29 point, nine rebound game in a 107-90 win over the Phoenix Suns. Cousins also had a 31 point game in a 99-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Kings have won three games in a row, 104-86 against the Lakers, 99-88 against the Clippers and 107-90 against the Phoenix Suns. Here are Sacramento’s three remaining preseason games:
- Oct 20 at Portland
- Oct 23 vs Golden State
- Oct 25 at LA Clippers
9-27-13: The Kings have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a four-year, $62 million max extension. He will not have an early termination option in the contract.
9-5-13: The Kings will bring on former NBA player Chris Mullin to join their front office in a role beyond his previous advising position.
8-23-13: The greatest news for all Sacramento Kings fans is that they are still Sacramento Kings fans. In what was very nearly a summer filled with moves to Seattle, a late save by new owner Vivek Randive kept the Kings in Cowbell Kingdom. With Tyreke Evans moved on to New Orleans, the team is now built around the enigmatic DeMarcus Cousins. Greivis Vasquez is now running the point for the Kings and with the 7th overall pick in the draft, Sacramento selected the athletic SG out of the University of Kansas, Ben McLemore.
Sacramento opens their home season schedule on Friday, November 1st against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyreke Evans and his new New Orleans Pelicans squad returns to Sacramento for the first time on Monday, December 23rd and for a second time on Monday, March 3rd. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit on Tuesday, December 3rd and again on Tuesday, April 8th. The Miami Heat will make just a single appearance in Sacramento with LeBron and crew coming to town on Friday, December 27th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Los Angeles Clippers
- December 6th – Los Angeles Lakers
- December 15th – Houston Rockets
- December 27th – Miami Heat
- March 21st – San Antonio Spurs
7-1-13: The Sacramento Kings selected Ben Mclemore, the prolific scoring guard from Kansas. The kings are in rebuilding mode and used their lottery pick wisely. McLemore is a 6-5 shooting guard with slasher skills and a great shot from long range. Looking to move Tyreke Evans McLemore should immediately get a chance to be a part of the rotation for the Kings. The Kings only won 28 games last season. Ben averaged 16 points per game in college last year along with 5 rebounds per game. He decided to leave school after only his freshman year however there is little doubt his game is NBA ready. Last year the Kings average ticket prices were $77. As they continue to try and bring back the magic they once had in the early 2000’s, ticket prices and fan attendance would surely rise if the Kings can rise up the standings.
Kings 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 7: SG Ben McLemore, Kansas.
Round 2, Pick 6: PG Ray McCallum, Detroit.
6-12-13: It is looking like there will be more basketball to be played in Sacramento for the following years and more. After being rumored for months to be a sure shot to Seattle all deals fell through and the Kings remain. What hasn’t changed at all is the success of this franchise since the early 2000’s. it was another subpar campaign this year winning only 28 games and posting a horrid 8-33 record on the road. Frequent mental lapses in behavior from DeMarcus Cousins hindered him from really turning a corner and reaching his full potential. New head coach Michael Malone will now get his turn as the Kings will select 7th overall in the draft this year.
11-26-12: An early season five game losing streak has the Sacramento Kings sitting in last place at 4-9. Even a big win against the Lakers whom they beat twice in the preseason wasn’t enough for Tyreke Evans and his mates to turn the corner. With games against Minnesota and Indiana this week, we’ll see if the Kings can improve their record and by getting some wins.