It’s been official for days – Seattle is getting its basketball team back, while the Sacramento Kings are soon to be a thing of the past. The questions are how will the new/old Sonics/Kings look, who should be their head coach, and what to do with DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans.
Hire Nate McMillan. He’s the last head coach to bring the Sonics to the postseason (in the 2004-2005 season) and he spent 19 years with the franchise as both player and head coach. He left to the Portland Trail Blazers afterwards, having a relatively successful time with the team that should once again become the greatest rival for the new Seattle team. McMillan has a 478-452 regular season record as a coach, making the postseason 5 times in 11 seasons.
Now, when it comes to the actual squad, there’s always the question of blowing everything up and rebuild from scratch, or recognize the available talent and build upon it. Tyreke Evans looked like one of the more promising up and coming stars when he first came into the league. Things have changed, and Evans often seems like a player out of place, with no actual position that fits him. He has plenty of trade value, so maybe getting rid of Evans in favor of more draft picks will be a great way to fill this team with potential stars.
Keep DeMarcus Cousins. Beyond all the nonsense DeMarcus Cousins is an excellent basketball player, and with the right kind of attitude adjustment, he might be one of the best centers in the NBA. His numbers are certainly there: 18.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and even some defense when he feels like it. A change of atmosphere into a city that can’t wait to get its basketball back, and more importantly, a head coach that steers him towards the right path, might finally make the most out of one of the most talented big men in the NBA.
Re-stock around him. The Kings have a problem at Small Forward, point guard and even power forward. Building around Cousins might not lead you to championships right away, but there’s certainly potential in making him the center piece of a team that will be a lot less selfish than this one, and aim for the playoffs pretty quickly. The Kings are 16-26 despite all of their problems, because they have talent. There’s no need to send every one packing. Just those who are worth something but don’t add their actual weight in gold to the whole package.
There will be plenty of speculations, already are. Phil Jackson as some sort of mentor to this team? Who will be the GM? The new/old Seattle Kings/Sonics or whatever name is chosen are quite an exciting thing to think about and ponder its possibilities, but this team, unlike the Thunder six years ago, don’t have a Kevin Durant to build around. It’s going to be harder getting the right kind of pieces to create that kind of meteoric rise.