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2012/13 SEASON ROSTER
NUM
PLAYER
POS
HT
3
G
6-0
15
F-C
6-11
13
G
6-5
7
G
6-2
32
G-F
6-7
42
F
6-6
3
F
6-8
F
6-9
25
F
6-9
0
F
6-10
5
G
6-6
22
G
5-9
34
F
6-11
23
G
6-4

Sacramento Kings       

ADDITIONS:
Aaron Brooks, James Johnson (Toronto), Thomas Robinson (Kansas).

SUBTRACTIONS:
Donte Greene, Hassan Whiteside and Terrence Williams.

STRENGTHS:
Plenty of scorers in the backcourt ... Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas can really feel it up ... Ultra-quick point guards in Thomas and Brooks ... DeMarcus Cousins has the chance to become a dominant force in the paint if he continues to progress and stays focused ... Could be a 20-10 player this season and there's just a few of those ... Above average big man rotation with Cousins, Jason Thompson, Chuck Hayes and heralded rookie Thomas Robinson, who could make an impact early in his NBA career ... Head coach Keith Smart appeared to connect with players in ways Paul Westphal couldn't.

WEAKNESSES:
Sacramento's best players are not team players ... Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins have a me-first attitude ... It's not just them: Selfish play has been prevalent on the team ... They ranked on the Bottom 5 in assists last year ... No player on the roster has ever averaged more than six assists per game for a season ... Shot selection is a concern ... Three-point shooting was terrible last season and the new faces in Sacramento shouldn't help much there ... Very little effort on the defensive end ... The Kings were dead last in points and percentages allowed in 2011-12 ... Overall, they have showed little cohesiveness ... The Kings have looked like a bunch of individuals rather than an actual team lately ... Difficult locker room to handle ... Concerns about the future of the franchise could be a distraction.

PROJECTION:
5th in the Pacific Division / 14th in the Western Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS
Rajon Rondo PG: Aaron Brooks Allen Iverson SG: Marcus Thornton Andrei Kirilenko SF: Tyreke Evans
Small PG with a scoring mentality. Back in the NBA after a stint in China. Will be motivated to re-establish himself in the league. Terrific scorer. Can go off on any given night. Doesn't pass the ball much. Not very interested in playing defense. Has regressed ever since his rookie year. The Kings need him to bounce back. What's his true position in the NBA?
Yi Jianlian PF: Jason Thompson C: DeMarcus Cousins Sixth: Thomas Robinson
Solid role player that works hard and will not ask for many touches on the offensive end. Does he really have starter talent? Outstanding player if you look past the baggage. Size and skills make him a huge threat in the paint. Great rebounder. So-so defense. This year's lottery pick. Long, explosive and aggressive. Will start at the power forward position eventually.