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The 2020-21 Projected Starting Lineup For The Sacramento Kings

The 2020-21 Projected Starting Lineup For The Sacramento Kings

It's been a very long time since the Sacramento Kings last made the playoffs and judging by the moves they've made over the past couple of years, that's not likely to change any time soon. We're not hating, and this is no disrespect towards the organization, we're just stating facts.

The Kings have put together a somewhat decent core of young and promising players that could play a major role on contending teams. Then again, they've could've been even better and there's a feeling around the league that the organization just doesn't know what direction they're heading to.

Even so, they could still surprise us and make a playoff push but that seems unlikely with the way Luke Walton has coached them since the Los Angeles Lakers let them go. For now, we'll let you know about their starting lineup and you'll be the judge as to how far they can get next season.

Bench: Cory Joseph, Tyrese Haliburton, Jahmi'us Ramsey, Kyle Guy, Jabari Parker, Glenn Robinson III, Justin James, Robert Woodard II, DaQuan Jeffries, Nemanja Bjelica, Chimezie Metu, Richaun Holmes, Frank Kaminsky

Point Guard: De'Aaron Fox

Credit: USA Today

Credit: USA Today

De'Aaron Fox has been the lone bright spot for the Sacramento Kings in a very long time. He's fast, crafty, athletic, and you can tell that he actually cares about winning. He's a competitor and has shown a great feel for knocking down clutch shots.

Fox is one of the fastest players in the league and his playmaking and defense just keep improving as the seasons go by. He may never become a reliable outside shooter but there are just so many different ways that he can score and create for others.

Shooting Guard: Buddy Hield

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Credit: Getty Images

There has been a lot of speculation regarding Buddy Hield's future with the Sacramento Kings organization ever since the New Orleans Pelicans traded him there. Actually, it feels like he never truly embraced the organization and vice versa.

Buddy Hield is one of the best shooters in the league and given his youth, a lot of teams would be lining up to pursue him if the price is right, that's for sure. And now that Bogdan Bogdanovic isn't there to take minutes away from him, he'll likely break out even more.

Small Forward: Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes

People give Harrison Barnes a tough time because he never broke out as the standout two-way superstar most analysts thought he'd be when he entered the league but truth be told, Barnes is a much better player than the average fan gives him credit for.

Yes, he's overpaid and that's the kind of responsibility that comes with earning a lot of money, but Barnes could play a major role in a contending team as he proved with the Golden State Warriors. Hopefully, he'll silence his critics next season.

Power Forward: Marvin Bagley

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Marvin Bagley III is in a tough spot right now. He's been pretty decent for the Sacramento Kings, but you'd expect more than 'pretty decent' from a second-overall pick, especially if he was taken ahead of players like Luka Doncic or Trae Young.

Obviously, those kinds of comparisons are always going to hurt Bagley's reputation but he's not the one to blame. When healthy, he's proven that he can put the ball in the basket and is a better rebounder than most people think given his undersizement. He's still young and has a lot of upsides, though.

Center: Hassan Whiteside

(via Rip City Project)

(via Rip City Project)

Hassan Whiteside has finally gone full circle and is back to the team that drafted him. This time, however, he expects to have a starring role instead of having to leave the NBA to pursue his luck overseas, as he'll become their new starting big man.

There's no denying Hassan Whiteside's physical traits and ability to swat shots into the stands. He's one of the league's finest rebounders as well. Nonetheless, his drive tends to go on and off and sometimes it feels like he just doesn't care about winning.

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