2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Analytics Week 6: The Sacramento Kings

by Mark B
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Analytics

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Analytics week 6 article!

In today’s article, we will be taking a look at the (10-6) sixth-placed Sacramento Kings.

The Sacramento Kings have been on a tear this season. Usually the laughing stock of the league, the Kings look like they are slotted to make playoffs.

In today’s article, we look at whether this hot start will last or if Sactown will become faded.

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Analytics Week 6: Sacramento Kings

Currently, the best team in California, the Kings' depth chart looks a little something like this:

Depth
StarterSecond
PGDe'Aaron FoxDavion Mitchell
SGKevin HuerterMalik Monk
SFHarrison BarnesKevin Huerter
PFKeegan MurrayKZ Okpala
CDomantas SabonisChimezie Metu

Kevin Huerter (traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Maurice Harkless, Justin Holiday, and a future first-round pick); Domantas Sabonis (traded to the Kings for Tyrese Haliburton); Malik Monk (signed on a 2-year 19 million dollar deal, and their draft pick Keegan Murray were four big additions. And they have helped turn the tide of fortune.

Rankings

Sacramento currently ranks:

-Second in the league in points per game at 119.1 (Boston Celtics at 119.8);
-Third in the league in field goal percentage at 49.1% (Brooklyn at 49.4%), and;
-Fifth in the league in 3-pointers made.

Their offense is clicking on most if not all cylinders. Kevin Huerter has turned out to flourish in the King’s system and is a must-own player in fantasy. Sabonis has adapted fairly quickly as well and at a field goal percentage of 57.4% on ten attempts per game has allowed the Kings to get quick and easy points.

Harrison Barnes has been consistent after a slow start and has given the Kings more firepower. And how could I forget De’Aaron Fox absolutely balling out after a disappointing last season? Did I mention the 53% field goal percentage this year?

But Will This Last?

I’ve said a lot of great things about the Kings and their players in this article thus far but I don’t think this heat will last. Sacramento offers no defense. The Kings are ranked dead last in blocks per game, eighth last in steals, and fifth to last in points allowed per game. Long gone are the days of Mike D’Antoni's “more offense beats any defense” but the Kings are doing this well. It is only a matter of time before defensive strategies by opposing teams catch up to the Kings’ plan.

What does this mean for players, especially in fantasy?

Not much actually. In the Huerter trade, the Kings gave up their first round pick in 2024, therefore they must play to win. We might see a slight dip in efficiency across the board for Kings' players as teams get grittier during the latter half of the season.

In my honest opinion, the Kings should make the playoffs (as a play-in team) due to the west not being strong this year. The stats currently being put up by Sacramento players are likely not changing and that’s not a good thing as this is still considered the beginning of the season. Fox should be safe but playing to win sometimes means burning players out as pressure and time constraints go into the season. The Kings have been great against teams under .500 (7-2) but not as lucky against teams that are over .500 (3-6).

Another interesting note is the lack of depth in Sacramento. If Fox, Sabonis, Barnes, or Huerter goes down (especially in bunches), the Kings will have a difficult time maintaining their seeding.  Sactown will need to find some sort of defensive switch and/or more help from the bench and turn it on fast!


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