Pre-Lottery: The Kings 2016 Off-Season


The NBA Draft will take place on Tuesday evening in New York City, and the Sacramento Kings have the 8th best odds of the 14 lottery-eligible teams. They have a 1.9% chance of securing the #1 pick, and a 6.8% chance of selecting in the top three. There is a considerable drop off in talent after the first two prospects in this year's draft, so Kings fans will need their four-leaf clovers and rabbits feet if they want a premier talent. The young man that the Kings end up selecting will be chosen by a new coach, and will wear a new uniform and play in a brand new arena. Here is a quick rundown of the offseason events for the Sacramento Kings thus far:

New Coach

Meet Dave Joerger. 

The 42 year old has spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He led the Grizzlies to the playoffs each year, even in 2015-16 when Memphis set a single season record for most players to appear on a roster (28). Prior to the NBA, Joerger coached minor league basketball and won championships in three different leagues: IBA, CBA, and the D-League. He began his NBA coaching career in 2007 as an assistant on the Grizzlies staff, and was eventually promoted to lead assistant and to the team's defensive specialist in 2011. Memphis improved in defensive efficiency from 24th overall in 2010 to 9th in 2011, 7th in 2012, and 2nd by the time he took the head coaching spot in 2013. His overall win-loss percentage in his three season as head coach was .598, even after the 2015-16 campaign when the Grizzlies went 42-40. On May 7th, Joerger was fired by the Grizzlies. He wasn't out of a job for long. 

 Just two days after he was fired, Dave Joerger became the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. He is the 6th Kings head coach in the last 5 seasons, and the team is simply looking for stability at the position. The words "defensive specialist" should be sweet music to the ears of Kings fans, as the teams defensive woes have become the main reason for their lack of success. Sacramento has placed in the bottom third of the league in defensive efficiency every year since 2007. They did, however, finish third in points per game last season with 106.6. If Joerger can repeat the defensive success that he had in Memphis, while maintaining a top-10 offense, the Kings have the potential to become a formidable team on both ends of the floor. 

 

Re-Brand

On April 26th, the Kings unveiled a new logo and color scheme in an attempt to re-brand the franchise. Any remnants of black were removed from the logo, and gone is the shield that served as the primary logo since 1994. The new logo is a spin off of the original Sacramento Kings shield, the red and blue design that was used from the day the Kings arrived in Sacramento in 1985 until 1994. The team also created a full set of alternate logos that incorporate and represent the city of Sacramento more than any other previous looks.

Sacramento went all out in its promotion of the re-brand, going as far as paying for any tattoos of the new logo that fans chose to put on their bodies. They even made a pretty solid promotional video.

 

The new logo will call for a makeover of the teams uniforms as well. There have been a few mock ups that have been rumored to be in the works, but we won't know for sure until the team makes an official announcement, which might have to wait until after the draft. 

Seth Curry Situation

While the Kings season ended over a month ago, there are still four teams that are fighting for a championship. No roster moves can be made until free agency opens in July, but there are already rumors circulating about possible destinations for Seth Curry. As written in a previous piece, Seth made his mark at the end of last season, when he was finally given enough minutes to be able to showcase his talents. Curry has a $1 million player option for the 2016-17 season to remain with the Kings, but it is widely speculated that he will opt out and test the waters of free agency. There will undoubtedly be franchises that are interested in the cheap services of the little brother of the leagues most popular (talented?) player. The Kings do have a small edge, however, as they will be able to match any offer that Curry receives. Sacramento would be smart to keep Curry around, as they have struggled to find a reliable three point shooter. With Rajon Rondo becoming an unrestricted free agent and Darren Collison entering the final year of his contract, the Kings should look to shore up their point guard position sooner rather than later.

The lottery will be held tonight at 8pm ET. May the balls bounce in our favor. 

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