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Returnees: Gs Jason Williams, Nick Anderson, Jon Barry; Fs Corliss Williamson, Chris Webber, Predrag Stojakovic; Cs Vlade Divac, Scot Pollard
Prominent free agents: None
Assets: Webber continues to impact as a scorer and rebounder in the low-post. Along with running-mate Williams, the duo has proven to be one of the league's most exciting commodities. Divac provides stability in the middle at the league's talent-scarce position of center. The self-proclaimed "Bench Mob" of Stojakovic, Barry, Tony Delk, Lawrence Funderburke and Pollard, add energy off the bench that will sought to be preserved in the off-season, though Kings head coach Rick Adelman has publicly expressed his concern over that task.
Needs: Anderson is contemplating retirement after a disappointing initial season in Sacramento. Such a departure would leave a huge void on the perimeter, though a talent-rich crop of shooting guards in this year's draft could bail out the Kings. At small forward, Williamson does not fit in as he once did, with Webber and Divac clogging up any room to operate in the lane. Stojakovic, the more natural 3, is being groomed as the eventual starter. Divac is not getting any younger and Pollard lacks the size to compete with bigger centers, so adding another big body could be a priority.
Options: At the sixteenth pick, the Kings may miss out on top-tier off guards in Depaul's Quentin Richardson, Michigan State's Morris Peterson, and Cincinnati's DerMarr Johnson. Richardson and Peterson's stock have fallen of late however, with Ohio State G Michael Redd's doing just the opposite. At least one of the three should be available. The only concern with Redd is that he may not be the pure shooter that the Kings are in dire need of. Peterson more so fits that mold, while Richardson could lend quality minutes at the productivity poor three-spot. If however, they prefer more size in that situation, they may elect to go with either Duke F Chris Carrawell. Other viable options who could still be around are Syracuse F Etan Thomas, an athletic shotblocker, Nigerian F Olumide Oyedeji, a ballhandling-slick Nigerian who played professionally last season in Germany, or Michigan G Jamal Crawford, who is capable of handling either backcourt position.
The braintrust says: "I like the offensive ability of our team, that's what we do best. Right now we're just looking for people to give us a little bit more athleticism." Head coach Rick Adleman
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