January 18, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans (13) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and point guard Darren Collison (2) during the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Kings defeated the Pacers 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings: Preseason Preview

Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings Off Season Recap

Not much to report as far as the Kings go this off season.  They’ve got a young group of players under contract, so there wasn’t much resigning to do.  The Kings did retain Jason Thompson, who’s the second best big man on the team.  In the long run, he’ll probably play behind DeMarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson.  But Robinson is a rookie, who might not see a lot of playing time until he’s comfortable out there.  Aaron Brooks was also picked up this off season. Brooks spent last season playing in China, but was the Most Improved Player in the league in 2010.  Also, giving Coach Keith Smart an extension gives stability for the team.  He looks to be a good coach for the group they have there.  So hopefully, he’ll get the time to develop this team.

Unfortunately, in the loaded Western Conference, this Kings team won’t be a playoff bound team.  It’s been a while since this team has been relevant, and I don’t know how long DeMarcus Cousins will take to grow up. I see the franchise moving along as he grows up.  If he can come around sooner, then things will be better for the Sacramento Kings.

Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings Match Up

I think some of the Kings big men if they play the right way can challenge Roy Hibbert and David West.  If DeMarcus Cousins comes together, he’ll be tough to play in the post.  But he’s got to mature and show that he’s ready to play the time that he can play.

Tyreke Evans is a great guard for the team.  Maybe he’ll be the new face of this franchise as they desperately need that.  It’s been so long since the Kings have been relevant, and had some star power on the team.  Evans can play, and he can make the guys around him better.

I can’t imagine this Kings team giving the Pacers any trouble. Once again, it’s a Western Conference opponent, so I don’t put much stock in wins and losses against that.  Unless it’s one of the better teams, and the Kings are not that.  The Pacers should win these games against the Kings.

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