NBA Offseason Winners & Losers: Pacific Division

7/16/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Sacramento Kings
The Kings surprised some teams a year ago because they have loads and loads of talent on their squad. DeMarcus Cousins will one day be the top center in basketball (if he gets his head screwed on right). Marcus Thornton has proved he can be a big-time scorer in clutch moments working alongside Tyreke Evans in the backcourt. Isaiah Thomas, last seasons 60th overall pick, proved he can run the point with confidence and a necessary arrogance to be successful. 

June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Thomas Robinson (Kansas), right, is introduced as the number five overall pick to the Sacramento Kings by NBA commissioner David Stern during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIREHowever, as talented as this team is and as bright a future as they may have, they are atrocious defensively and that will have to change in order for them to win more than 35 games this season. They're only offseason moves have been re-signing Jason Thomson, trading for utility forward James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors and drafting Thomas Robinson out of the University of Kansas. It figures to be another disappointing year for the up-and-comers out of Northern California. Defense wins, and that is exactly what this team needs to climb out of the cellar. 
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