Kings news: Dave Joerger wants Sacramento’s young players to earn their minutes
Despite signing three veterans this summer, the Sacramento Kings still have a very young team comprised of players mostly below 25 years old and fairly inexperienced in the league. However, the team’s young core showed a glimpse of promise last season, giving their fans reason to believe that batter days are nearing for the franchise.
When asked recently how he plans to distribute the playing time to his entire roster, head coach Dave Joerger admitted that he plans to make his young guns earn their minutes. He understands that they are full of energy and could help the team more given the shorter training camp they’ll have, but he still thinks they need to show a lot of improvement in their games to be rewarded with more court action.
The Kings are currently rebuilding, following the blockbuster trade that sent their former franchise player, DeMarcus Cousins, to the New Orleans Pelicans last February. Among the players included in the package, only Buddy Hield appears to be the player that will be a huge part of Sacramento’s rebuild.
Hield will team up with De’Aaron Fox, Skal Labissiere, and Willie Cauley-Stein to form the Kings’ future core.
The addition of George Hill, Vince Carter, and Zach Randolph may just be what the team needs to speed up the maturity of their young guns and prepare them for the coming seasons, where the Kings plan to embark on their return to the team’s winning ways akin to that in the late 1990s and early 2000s.