2. An Identity
The Kings have all the building blocks they need for a rebuild. They have a young core, lead by 3-point phenom Buddy Hield. Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Malachi Richardson round out a team that is full of promise.
But exactly where to go from here isn’t clear. The team has been playing a muddled system since midseason. We haven’t seen what head coach Dave Joerger intends to do with this squad. We don’t even know who will be his starters next season.
The front office, meanwhile, need to get their heads on straight. They made rash decisions during the regular season and ended up with egg on their face. This offseason will hopefully allow them to decompress and commit to a way forward. But in order everybody in the organization needs to get behind a singular vision, they need to figure out what that is.
Are they going to be a grit and grind team, with Cauley-Stein as the focal point? Will they use Richardson and Hield as an offensive 1-2 punch in an attempt to make a Splash Bros Lite? And does a healthy Rudy Gay fit into this thing at all?
Those are questions that will have to be answered as quickly as possible so that the Kings can have a productive offseason.