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Sacramento Kings 2017 projected depth chart and needs

Nate Washburn

Sacramento Kings 2017 projected depth chart and needs

The Sacramento Kings currently have seven players with guaranteed contracts going into the 2017 NBA draft and free-agency market. Two more players have team options, and one has a player option. Let’s take a quick look at how things stand now and what might happen this summer.

Point Guard

The Kings currently have no point guards guaranteed for the 2017-18 season. It is expected that they will grab one in the June 22 NBA Draft. Also, there is a strong chance that either Darren Collison or Ty Lawson will be brought back as a free-agent to provide familiar veteran leadership at such a critical position and mentor the new rookie for the future. Combo guard Langston Galloway has a player option for one more year and he is expected to exercise that option. Tyreke Evans will not be back.

 • Rookie/Free-agent
 • Rookie/Free-agent
 • Galloway

Shooting Guard

The Kings are well stocked at the two-guard position. Second year players Buddy Hield and Malachi Richardson will return along with veteran Garret Temple. Adding some additional drama to the mix is the likelihood that European standout Bogdan Bogdanovic will join the squad this Fall. Word is that he may step right into the starting role and bump Buddy to the bench. Every team needs a little drama. Ben McLemore and Arron Afflalo will not be back.

 • Hield
 • Temple
 • Richardson
 • Bogdanovic

Small Forward

The small forward position is wide open since Rudy Gay’s decision to opt out this summer. This is where the team’s high draft picks and a boat-load of salary cap space will come in handy. They could easily use their 5th or 10th picks to get a solid wing player, and/or go out and sign a max player to fill that spot. Temple, Richardson and Anthony Tolliver could also swing over to take some backup minutes in a pinch if needed.

• Rookie/ Free-agent
• Rookie/ Free-agent
• Temple/Richardson/ Tolliver

Power Forward

If the Kings are truly committed to the youth movement, Skal Labissiere is the starting 4 on day one and they will live and die by him. Tolliver will likely be retained for another year to be the team’s stretch four and provide important mentorship to Labissiere. That leaves one more space for a large defender/rebounder type to battle the other rough-and-tough bigs in the league. Perhaps a second-round pick, but a free-agent signing is the more likely scenario.

 • Labissiere
 • Tolliver
 • Rookie/Free-agent


The center position is the only one that seems locked in for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein should be the starting five and veteran Kosta Koufos will back him up and provide the needed mentorship for the two young bigs. Not much more to say here.

 • Cauley-Stein
 • Koufos
 • Papagiannis

Barring a trade of a player currently under contract, we’ll likely see 4-5 new faces wearing purple this Fall. Nobody in the NBA world will give the team much of a chance to win more than 20-25 games next year, but if the front office can pull off some nice free-agent moves and draft well, we could see a bright future in Sacramento. Just in time to assume the throne from an inevitable fade by the Golden State Warriors.

As for specific players, I’ll let you all debate on that…

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