The Sacramento Kings have entered a new era under head coach Mike Brown. After 16 straight losing seasons, there is renewed optimism for the future.
Ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought is a top priority next season. "We're starving to get back to the postseason," Brown said.
Improving the NBA's worst defense from last season will be a point of emphasis. Brown's coaching background should help the Kings make strides on that end.
All-Star point guard De'Aaron Fox took a leap last season. Brown wants to see him take another step forward as a leader and two-way player.
The Kings are excited about building around the Fox and Domantas Sabonis pairing. Their pick-and-roll chemistry together will be key.
Sacramento still has holes to fill at small forward and backup center. Expect those needs to be addressed in the draft, free agency and/or trades.
Brown knows integrating rookies takes time. But he wants to empower young players like Keegan Murray to contribute right away.