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Basically out of nowhere the Sacramento Kings have become of the surprise teams in the NBA this season, entering play Saturday with a mark of 15-13, good for ninth in the Western Conference and percentage points out of a playoff spot.
One marquee NBA player is all about what the Kings have done on the court this season, and is of the opinion that Sacramento is going to be a rising force in the Western Conference – soon.
That player is Golden State Warriors enforcer Draymond Green, as the big man had nothing but good things to say about the Kings and how they quickly have built themselves into one of the big surprises in the Western Conference.
“They’re playing well right now,” Green said to Blake Ellington of Sactown Royalty.
“I’m sure at some point with a young team like that, they’ll hit a rough patch, probably lose three or four in a row, but having a leader like, a guy who has won a championship like [Iman Shumpert] Shump, you know, [Zach Randolph] ZBo, those guys to kind of help pull those guys through is going to be important, but man they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with soon in this league.”
The sooner the better for the fans of the franchise, as the Kings haven’t made the postseason since the 2005-2006 season when they went 44-38, losing in the first round of the postseason.
The Kings have not won a playoff series since the 2003-2004 season when they went 53-27, but that season were bounced in the second round of the playoffs.
Green says that he knows all about building a team, and sees good things coming for the Kings.
“They’re already tough, and De’Aaron’s confidence is sky high, Willie is playing with tremendous confidence, [Bogdan] Bogdanovic, Buddy [Hield] – they’re playing with a lot of confidence, so they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with for sure, and sooner rather than later.”
The Warriors and Kings met on Friday night, and the Warriors were able to come out with a hard fought five-point win at 130-125, a result that wasn’t lost on Green.
“Them guys are fast, man,” added Green. “[De’Aaron] Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein gotta be two of the fastest people in the league, like it’s ridiculous how fast they are.”
It should be a lot of fun to see the Kings progress, and don’t be surprised if the rest of the league, like Green has already done, starts to take more notice of this young team.