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Kings savagely roast FiveThirtyEight for Western Conference prediction

Kings savagely roast FiveThirtyEight for Western Conference prediction

After finishing last season at 39-43, many expect the Kings to make another leap this upcoming season and perhaps snap their 13-year playoff drought.

The folks over at FiveThirtyEight, however, don't see it that way.

With the NBA's free-agency frenzy all but over, the predictive website did what they do and posted their "Way-too-Early NBA Predictions" for next season.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Kings are projected to finish at 33-49 and last in the vaunted Western Conference. That's right, dead last.

The Kings, naturally, had a response to such a wild forecast and took to Twitter to roast the mind-boggling prediction. 

Savage? Yes. Fair? Absolutely.

With another year of growth for De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley and Buddy Hield expected, coupled with the re-signing of Harrison Barnes and the free-agent additions of Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza, Corey Joseph and Richaun Holmes, the Kings have every reason to feel great about their chances of taking another step up next season. 

Yes, the Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets all got better or treaded water (depending on how you feel about Russell Westbrook), and the Warriors, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers also are teams to be reckoned with in the West. But the Thunder suddenly is in rebuild mode and the Spurs continue to rely on the mid-range jump shot, so there are two teams the Kings could theoretically leap from last year's playoff teams.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns should be at the bottom of the barrel and, unless Andrew Wiggins suddenly lives up to his massive contract, the Minnesota Timberwolves also should continue to be at the bottom of the conference. So, the Kings' gripe is understandable.

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Should the Kings snap their playoff drought, expect their social media team to resurface this prediction come spring.

What De'Aaron Fox's ankle injury means for young, snake-bitten Kings

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What De'Aaron Fox's ankle injury means for young, snake-bitten Kings

SACRAMENTO -- The hits keep on coming for the Sacramento Kings. First Marvin Bagley broke his right thumb during the season opener against the Phoenix Suns. Now De’Aaron Fox is going to miss time as well.

Fox injured his left ankle Monday during practice. An MRI at the team’s practice facility revealed that the Kings’ starting point guard has an ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated by the team in 3-4 weeks by the team's medical staff. According to a league source, Fox has a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Durable through his first two seasons in the league, Fox has missed a total of 10 games as a pro, including just one last season for Sacramento.

After a breakout second season, Fox is off to another good start in Year Three. The 21-year-old is averaging 18.2 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes per game for coach Luke Walton this season.

His turnover numbers are up in the Kings’ new system, but the Kings rely heavily on his speed and quickness to breakdown opposing defenses.

The Kings dropped the first five games of the season, but they’ve won three out of their last four games heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, and they currently stand at 3-6 on the year. Losing Fox for an extended period of time is a huge blow to the team, but Walton has other options at the position.

General manager Vlade Divac loaded up on point guards over the summer, adding veteran Cory Joseph to the mix on a three-year, $37 million deal. They also picked up a team option on Yogi Ferrell, which gives them additional depth.

During the preseason schedule, Walton also turned to shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to eat some of the minutes at the point. The Kings' sixth-man is capable of stepping into a primary ball handler role alongside Buddy Hield if need be.

[RELATED: Why Hield thinks Fox can be one of NBA's best]

In addition to Joseph, Ferrell and Bogdanovic, Sacramento has a pair of rookies they can use in the backcourt in Justin James and Kyle Guy. James is on the regular roster and Kyle Guy is currently playing for the Stockton Kings on a two-way contract. Guy can be recalled and spend up to 45 days with the parent club if they feel they need more guard depth.

Injuries are part of the game, but the Kings have certainly started off the year with some bad luck.

Kings star De'Aaron Fox has sprained ankle, re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks

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Kings star De'Aaron Fox has sprained ankle, re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks

Bad news for the Kings.

Star point guard De'Aaron Fox suffered an ankle sprain during practice Monday and will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks, the team announced.

ESPN's Zach Lowe first reported Fox's injury.

Fox, 22, is in the middle of an impressive third season with the Kings, averaging 18.2 points and seven assists per game. He's been tasked with leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, which would be an even taller task if he is forced to miss any time.

Sacramento is set to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, and will have to do so without their rising star.