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    Sacramento Kings new general manager Pete D'Alessandro talks to players during today's pre-draft workout at the Kings practice facility in Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday.

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    Pete D'Alessandro answers questions Monday after being introduced as the Kings' new general manager. At left is new Kings head coach Michael Malone.

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    Pete D'Alessandro

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    Pete D'Alessandro listens to Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive introduce his new GM, who later said "the future is really bright."

Kings' new regime familiar with current roster

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 - 5:05 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

The Kings' front office staff may be new, but it's not unfamiliar with the players it has under contract for the 2013-14 season.

New general manager Pete D'Alessandro and assistant general manager Mike Bratz worked in Denver, which meant preparing the Nuggets to play the Kings up to four times a season.

New coach Michael Malone spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Pacific Division rival Warriors, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim served as Kings assistant general manager under Geoff Petrie the past three seasons after serving as an assistant coach. He is director of player personnel under D'Alessandro.

So the group should have a firm handle on what the Kings do well and where the team needs to improve as they sift through scenarios before Thursday's NBA draft.

The Kings have things they do well, but the weaknesses outweigh the strengths for a franchise that hasn't reached the postseason since 2006.

"I think I have a very good grasp of the current roster as it exists," Malone said. "And (the ability to make) decisions come draft night that may enhance and have the best chemistry with our roster going forward. But at seven, you take the best player available."

What's recognized league-wide is the Kings have plenty of players with the ability to score a lot of points. The team last season was 10th in the NBA at 100.2 points per game.

DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Patrick Patterson and Jimmer Fredette all showed the capability of going on scoring binges at various points of the season.

Add Jason Thompson and John Salmons, and the Kings have eight players who scored at least 20 points in a game at least once last season.

The Kings were 21-19 when scoring 100 or more points and 7-35 when held to less than 100.

But the Kings weren't an efficient scoring bunch, largely because of their one-on-one habits. They were 25th in assists (20.8 per game) and 19th in shooting percentage (44.7). The Kings were the only team in the top 10 in scoring that didn't shoot at least 45.8 percent.

And even with Cousins averaging 9.9 rebounds, the Kings ranked 25th.

Then there was the defense, which at times was laughable.

Sacramento gave up a league-worst 105.1 points per game and allowed the opposition to shoot 47.2 percent, third-worst.

The Kings' three-point defense wasn't horrible - opponents shot 35.5 percent, 13th-best.

But there was no need to shoot three-pointers when the Kings were so vulnerable in the paint because of dribble penetration and the lack of a dominant defender in the lane.

Those are just the tangible problems with the current roster.

Statistics don't address player issues in terms of professionalism and preparation. In recent seasons, veteran free agents coming to the Kings were mystified by the team's younger players, who didn't seem to take important tools, such as scouting reports, seriously.

"I want to get a good person in here," Bratz said. "I want to get a serious basketball player, first of all, and a guy who's dedicated to his craft."

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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