The Sacramento Kings transformation is taking on a familiar shape
With the three key names in the new-look Kings organization all coming from Golden State, the Kings are looking more and more like the Warriors 2.0. They need to overhaul the roster and swap the numbers in the win and loss columns in order to truly return the franchise to glory, but Vivek Ranadive is using the Warriors as a model for his organization.
Until recently, Ranadive, a Silicon Valley technology billionaire, was a minority owner of the Warriors. Ranadive had his eye on former Warriors lead assistant, Michael Malone, for years as "his guy" if he ever got his own team and the new Kings owner didn't hesitate to bring Malone on board. Then, yesterday, the Kings introduced another former Warrior as GM.
Ranadive flipped the traditional order of hirings by solidifying the head coaching spot before addressing the GM, but now, following the hiring of Pete D'Allesandro, those two roles are officially filled. D'Allesandro, who served as assistant GM in Denver the last three years, got his start in the Warriors front office and helped put together the "We Believe" team that upset the top-seeded Mavericks back in 2007.
There are also reports that Ranadive has offered Chris Mullin, who has served as the Warriors VP of Basketball Operation and hired D'Allesandro in 2004, a consulting gig with the team. The lead owner, the GM, and the head coach are all new to these positions, so Mullin would bring some veteran leadership to this team of rookies and give the Kings a quadfecta of former Warriors in high profile positions.
The Ranadive-led ownership group is made up of tech leaders and other business tycoons that have openly talked about pushing the envelope as owners of the Kings. In D'Allesandro's introductory press conference, the new GM talked about using advanced stats more effectively and Ranadive referred to advanced stats and data as the team's "secret sauce", not wanting to reveal too many details of his high tech plans for success.
The Warriors have been one of several teams to adopt advanced metrics as a foundational philosophy and the results have been excellent. Ranadive, the head of Tibco Software, wrote the book on using information quickly to make the user experience better and he wants to use this philosophy with the Kings, optimizing the fan experience as well as the on-court production.
The Kings clearly want to build a state of the art and technologically superior organization, just like what we're witnessing with the Golden State Warriors. He is hiring people that know the ins and outs of the Warriors organization in order to try to replicate that success, now they just need to find their own Steph Curry and they'll be on the right track.