The Sacramento Kings enter the 2018-19 season with a new wave of optimism. The youth movement is real in Sacramento, led by rookie Marvin Bagley III.
Throughout the entire Kings roster two things are consistent: youth and athleticism. In the backcourt the Kings are led by second year point guard De’Aaron Fox. The electric lefty can blow by anyone off the dribble and has a soft touch around the rim. Fox showed tremendous potential in his rookie season, averaging just shy of 12 points and 5 assists per game. The former fifth overall pick will look to continue his development as a player and a leader, despite being just 20 years old. Fox is joined by sharpshooter Buddy Hield in the backcourt. Hield has enjoyed great success in Sacramento, shooting 43% from downtown as a King. This season will be huge for the development of both young guards.
At small forward the Kings have a pair of lengthy, talented second year players. Bogdan Bogdanovic enjoyed a very good rookie season last season, a year in which he earned All-Rookie Second Team honors and was named the Rising Stars Challenge MVP. The Kings have high hopes for their Serbian swingman in 2018-19. Former UNC Tar Heel and national champion Justin Jackson will also get minutes behind Bogdanovic. He too will look to build off his rookie season in year two.
All of the attention will be on Marvin Bagley III this season. The former Duke star heads to Sacramento after the Kings used the second overall pick to draft him. He is a tremendous athlete who can find so many ways to score. Like Fox, Bagley is an athletic lefty who loves to run the floor. The Kings are hoping Bagley turns into the superstar they so desperately need. In addition to Bagley, another big man from Duke will be entering his rookie season with the Kings - Harry Giles. Giles was a first round draft pick in 2017, but he missed all of last season due to injury. The Kings fully expect to have two of the top contenders for Rookie of the Year in 2018-19.
Rounding out the frontcourt are Willie Cauley-Stein and Zach Randolph. Cauley-Stein made major strides last season, boosting his stats to 13 points and 7 rebounds per game. As for Zach Randolph, what can’t this man do? At age 37, Z-Bo has completely reformed his game and was a consistent contributor for this young Kings team. He averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, and even started making one three pointer a game. On a team filled with young, inexperienced players, it’s nice to see Zach Randolph carve out a role like he has.
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