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Previewing the Sacramento Kings heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Kings’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on August 6, 2020 at The HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Sacramento Kings were invited to the NBA bubble but it was mostly for show. The Kings never had a real shot at the postseason despite being positioned to compete. Sacramento still lacks talent outside of De’Aaron Fox, who inked a max contract extension this offseason. With one piece in place, the Kings will look to develop that second and third option this season. Here we’re going to take a look at the Kings’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

Hassan Whiteside, C (free agency)
Tyrese Haliburton, G (draft)
Frank Kaminsky, C (free agency)

Key losses

Bogdan Bogdanovic, G/F (free agency)

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +20000
Win percentage: O/U 40.5
Tyrese Haliburton ROTY odds: +1500
De’Aaron Fox Most Improved Player odds: +3300

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Cory Joseph
SG: Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Jahmi’us Ramsey
SF: Harrison Barnes, Glenn Robinson III, Buddy Hield
PF: Marvin Bagley III, Nemanja Bjelica, Harrison Barnes
C: Hassan Whiteside, Richaun Holmes, Frank Kaminsky

Roster battles

Starting PF: Marvin Bagley III vs. Nemanja Bjelica

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

Hassan Whiteside — This signing may not result in wins for the Kings but it should make Whiteside a fantasy asset again. Whiteside was actually really productive for Portland with Jusuf Nurkic sidelined most of last season. Whiteside averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and led the league in blocks per game at 2.9. The Kings are a downgrade roster-wise, but Whiteside should start, see around 30 minutes per game and give back strong category value.

Likely Bust

Marvin Bagley III — Bagley will forever be remembered as the modern day Sam Bowie — the second overall pick in 2018, one pick ahead of Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic. I don’t think Bagley will ever recover from that, let alone the slew of injuries he’s dealt with early in his career. Bagley only played 13 games last season and will forever be a liability on defense.