Despite having a quiet summer, the Kings are expecting to build upon their most recent success. As they establish a new culture and continue to build up their roster, Sacramento will hoist big expectations on their shoulders.
In the center of it all will be young point guard De'Aaron Fox, who has become Sac Town's brightest star in his two seasons with the team.
While nobody can predict what the future might hold for him, it's safe to say that the Kings will be a long-term destination for him going forward, even despite their mediocre history.
Here is what he told one37pm.com:
“After last season, there was a buzz in Sacramento. Everyone in Sacramento is a Kings fan. If we start making the playoffs... the entire city is going to go nuts. That’s the difference between a big market and a small one.”
For the first time in years, the Kings have hope. They have hope for the future, they have hope for the culture, and they have hope that things will turn around under the guidance of Fox.
He seems committed to the franchise in a way very few small-market players are.
For the Kings especially, that's more than they could have dreamed of a few years ago.
De'Aaron averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season as the Kings earned one their best win-loss records in years. The 21-year-old star will look to increase his numbers and the performance of his team next this upcoming season. As of now, there isn't a reason to doubt he can do just that.