Why Charles Barkley won't pick Kings to make NBA playoffs this year

Why Charles Barkley won't pick Kings to make NBA playoffs this year

Charles Barkley doesn't want to be wrong again. 

That's why the "NBA on TNT" analyst told NBC Sports Bay Area's Dalton Johnson Friday in an exclusive interview that he won't pick the Kings to make the NBA playoffs next season. 

"Well I'm a big De'Aaron Fox fan, but let me tell you somethin' -- I picked the Kings to make the playoffs the last two years," Barkley said from the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. "I'm not gonna do it again. That'll be three strikes, and I'll be out. I have picked the Sacramento Kings to make the playoffs two years in a row. I'm not gonna get on here and be stupid and be wrong three years in a row."

"They're gonna have to prove it to me," Barkley added with a smile.

Last season marked the closest the Kings have come to making the postseason since their last playoff berth in 2005-06. Sacramento won 39 games, and finished ninth in the Western Conference. 

Fox, in his second NBA season, finished as a finalist for the Most Improved Player award. Rookie big man Marvin Bagley III, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, made the All-Rookie First Team.  

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Sacramento loaded up in free agency, but faces a tough road back to the postseason given the moves made by the rest of the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis both are in Los Angeles now, while Russell Westbrook will team up with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate James Harden on the Houston Rockets. 

The Kings will rely on Fox, Bagley and the rest of their young core making another leap next season. If that's enough to get back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly 15 years, proving themselves to Barkley will be an added bonus. 

#AgeChallenge takes over Internet with old photos of Kings players

#AgeChallenge takes over Internet with old photos of Kings players

If given the choice, most people probably would tell you they were intrigued by the possibility of seeing what their appearance looks like in the future. FaceApp has gone viral recently by doing just that, using artificial intelligence technology to simulate what someone will look like when they reach old age. This movement has generated some amazing memes and is just the latest filter to become a sensation on social media.

People all over the internet have been posting both pictures of themselves and of celebrities with the old-age filter applied.

The sports world has jumped in on the phenomenon, as the Kings posted photos of all of their players on Twitter with the filter applied, and some of the results will frighten you.

Trevor Ariza, whom the team signed in free agency, was the first player to be featured.

Next up was 2018 No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III, fresh off his internet rap battle with Oakland native Damian Lillard.

Harrison Barnes found himself third in the rotation and appears to be adding a gray beard in his hypothetical old age.

The Kings included the entire roster in the thread, and what happened to Yogi Ferrell?

Others from around the NBA also shared their own photos with the filter, providing some hilarious reactions.

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While we've got quite a few years before any of these players come close to the ages being resembled by the application, it certainly provides some humor as we finally enter a quiet period of the NBA offseason.

NBA 2K20 ratings: Kings' Buddy Hield rated as fifth-best 3-point shooter

NBA 2K20 ratings: Kings' Buddy Hield rated as fifth-best 3-point shooter

Buddy Hield had a breakout 2018-19 season for the Sacramento Kings, and people are starting to take notice.

On the heels of his single-season franchise record of 278 3-pointers, Hield has been given a 90 rating for his 3-point shooting by the creators of NBA 2K20.

Hield ranks behind only Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Joe Harris. JJ Redick also has a 90 rating.

Hield's 278 3-pointers last season were the fourth-most in the NBA behind James Harden's 378, Curry's 354 and Paul George's 292.

The rest of the country got to see what Hield had been working on during the 2019 NBA 3-point Contest at All-Star Weekend. Hield made it to the final round, only to finish behind Harris (winner) and Curry (runner-up).

But Hield isn't settling for fifth-best. He wants to be better and let that be known on Monday.

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If Hield can improve on his 278 3-pointers and 42 percent from deep next season, the NBA 2K creators are sure to move him up in the rankings.