A new era of basketball is upon the Kingdom as Sacramento debuted its newest additions in their recent blockbuster trade resulting in a 132-119 victory on Wednesday night.
Former Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb were available to play in the Kings’ second consecutive contest hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it was the first chance for this fanbase to see the latest acquisitions take the floor in the purple and black.
Alvin Gentry rolled out a starting five of De’Aaron Fox and Holiday at the guard position, while Harrison Barnes, Chimezie Metu spread at the wing spot while Sabonis snagged the center position. After missing last night’s contest, Richaun Holmes was active for Sacramento – many speculating he might be the next domino to fall in this trade-heavy week.
One thing Sabonis brought to the table immediately was a high-level vision. Fox found him for an easy dink and dump in the opening seconds of play, gifting Domas with this first bucket in a Kings’ uniform. From the jump, the big man was able to flex his elite passing capabilities with ease – facilitating in a brand of fast-paced play where Metu was the primary beneficiary of with ten first quarter points off Sabonis’ dimes. In what was set up to be an exciting night, Sabonis finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.
-Marina Drab, Sactownroyalty.com SBNATION
What An unreal stat line for Sabonis in his first game as a Sacramento King. I normally would not even think about writing a Kings blog, but this one is needed. As it seems half of the kings today were Pacers yesterday. 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists is a huge game for the all-stars debut. While it does break my heart to see him go, I realize it was necessary. The pacers are bad, like really bad, like pppppaaiiinnnnfffuuullllllyyyy bad. This is due to a lack of any sense of an identity.
The team needs to rebuild, and while under the ownership of Herb Simon, this seems to be the most aggressive the Pacers have ever been towards a total tear-down rebuild. Something needed done in Indy to position ourselves to really capitalize on this year’s potentially top 5 pick.
In order to make any of this worth is unfortunately we need to deal Myles Turner today, deal him in a package with Buddy Hield and you can get some serious draft equity and set ourselves up to compete. I was and still am waiting for the rest to blow up.
Say what you will about the Indiana Pacers, but we really are a stable organization. We are stably in the 2nd tier of the NBA from year to year, but still stable. The last 2 decades it seems the Pacers have put together some really good teams. While really good teams are fun and all, I would easily trade 10 really good years for 1 year with an NBA title. We need a soft reboot if we are ever going to be able to compete for NBA Championships.
I commend the Pacers for actually pulling the trigger on this trade instead of just second guessing ourselves into missing the shot to make the deal. I am still hoping that by 3 pm today we have dealt Myles Turner and Buddy Hield to Toronto for Dragic, some light contracts ,and some serious draft picks. This trade would push Toronto closer to seriously competing this year by adding both interior defense and shooting. Two very important aspects of basketball wouldn’t you say? Make it happen!