Top 5 takeaways from Kings training camp
5. The Kings are deep.
Vlade Divac added talent all over the floor, but until you watched it play out at camp, you didn’t know how the pieces would work. George Karl has options for his options. Sacramento is 10-12 deep with proven NBA players for the first time in nearly a decade.
4. The Kings will run.
Karl and his staff cracked the whip in camp, dropping the shot clock to 18 seconds in an attempt to push the tempo. The plan is to shave another four seconds off the clock and put this team on skates.
3. Rajon Rondo is a leader.
The Kings took an educated gamble when they brought in the 4-time All-Star. If camp is any indication, they not only picked up a point guard, but he doubles as a coach both on and off the court as well. Rondo never stops talking, which is perfect for a team searching for an identity.
2. Karl, Cousins moving on
The beef between George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins has been back burnered. It was the story of the summer, but Karl and Cousins are moving forward as a future Hall of Fame coach and an All-Star big man trying to get a team to the playoffs. We may be forced to revisit this issue at a later date, but for now, it’s all about the hoops.
1. Camp MVP: Darren Collison.
A mid-season injury made people forget how good Collison was last year as the Kings starting point guard. Fully healed up and ready to play, Collison stole the show for much of camp and kept his name firmly in the running for a starting position.