Two seasons ago, it looked like the Sacramento Kings were planning to build their future around Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. But heading into this season, with the Kings yet to offer Evans a contract extension (they have until Wednesday, October 31 to work out a deal or Evans will become a restricted free agent on July 1, 2013), it is unclear whether Evans will be a part of Sacramento's future beyond this season.
The uncertainty of Evans' contract situation will affect how the former Rookie of the Year performs this season. And given the fact that Evans is still one of the main guys in Sacramento, how he performs will substantially impact the Kings' season.
The Kings picked up their team option on the mercurial Cousins and he is signed with Sacramento through the 2013-2014 season. The 6'11" center/forward has the skills to be a 20/10 guy in the league but he sometimes gets in his own way with his petulant behavior.
For the time being, Evans and Cousins remain the cornerstones of the Kings, but with Evans' contract situation and the emergence of shooting guard Marcus Thornton that may possibly change before the end of the season.
Before the season is complete, instead of continuing to build around Evans and Cousins, the Kings may determine that Cousins and rookie Thomas Robinson should be the cornerstones of their franchise.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Sacramento Kings:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 at Chicago Bulls- Kings open their season with a loss to the Derrick Rose-less Bulls (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, November 2 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Kings drop the first half of a back-to-back to the Timberwolves (Record 0-2).
Game 3, Saturday, November 3 at Indiana Pacers- Kings play their third game in four nights and drop a road game to the Pacers (Record 0-3).
Game 4, Monday, November 5 versus Golden State Warriors- Kings open a three-game homestand with a loss to the Warriors (Record 0-4).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 versus Detroit Pistons- Kings defeat the Pistons at Sleep Train Arena for the first time since November 18, 2007 (Record 1-4).
Game 6, Friday, November 9 versus San Antonio Spurs- Kings drop a home game to the savvy Spurs (Record 1-5).
Game 7, Sunday, November 11 at Los Angeles Lakers- Kings fall to the star-studded Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 1-6).
Game 8, Tuesday, November 13 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Kings get a home win over the visiting Trail Blazers (Record 2-6).
Game 9, Friday, November 16 versus Atlanta Hawks- Kings lose to the Hawks for the ninth consecutive time (Record 2-7).
Game 10, Sunday, November 18 versus Brooklyn Nets- Kings fall to Deron Williams and the Nets (Record 2-8).
Game 11, Wednesday, November 21 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Kings close a 2-2 homestand with a victory over Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Record 3-8).
Game 12, Friday, November 23 at Utah Jazz- Kings drop a road game to the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 3-9).
Game 13, Saturday, November 24 versus Utah Jazz- Kings defeat the Jazz in the second half of a home-and-home back-to-back (Record 4-9).
Game 14, Tuesday, November 27 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Kings beat the Timberwolves and earn their third consecutive home win (Record 5-9).
Game 15, Friday, November 30 versus Indiana Pacers- Kings close a 2-1 homestand with a loss to the Pacers (Record 5-10).
Game 16, Saturday, December 1 at Los Angeles Clippers- Kings fall to the Clippers at the Staples Center (Record 5-11).
Game 17, Wednesday, December 5 versus Toronto Raptors- Kings open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Raptors (Record 6-11).
Game 18, Friday, December 7 versus Orlando Magic- Kings defeat the Magic in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 7-11).
Game 19, Saturday, December 8 at Portland Trail Blazers- Kings open a four-game road trip with a loss to the Trail Blazers (Record 7-12).
Game 20, Monday, December 10 at Dallas Mavericks- Kings play for the third time in four nights and fall to the Mavericks (Record 7-13).
Game 21, Wednesday, December 12 at Milwaukee Bucks- Kings lose a close game to the Bucks (Record 7-14).
Game 22, Friday, December 14 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Kings drop another road game to the Thunder (Record 7-15).
Game 23, Sunday, December 16 versus Denver Nuggets- Kings lose to the Nuggets for the sixth straight time (Record 7-16).
Game 24, Monday, December 17 at Phoenix Suns- Kings fall to the Suns in the second half of a back-to back (Record 7-17).
Game 25, Wednesday, December 19 versus Golden State Warriors- Kings get a home win over the Warriors (Record 8-17).
Game 26, Friday, December 21 at Los Angeles Clippers- Kings lose to Blake Griffin and the Clippers (Record 8-18).
Game 27, Sunday, December 23 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Kings defeat the Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena (Record 9-18).
Game 28, Wednesday, December 26 at Portland Trail Blazers- Kings visit the Rose Garden and drop a road game to the Trail Blazers (Record 9-19).
Game 29, Friday, December 28 versus New York Knicks- Kings fall to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks (Record 9-20).
Game 30, Sunday, December 30 versus Boston Celtics- Kings close a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Celtics (Record 10-20).
Game 31, Tuesday, January 1 at Detroit Pistons- Kings open 2013 with a loss to the Pistons at the Palace (Record 10-21).
Game 32, Wednesday, January 2 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Kings drop the second half of a back-to-back to Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers (Record 10-22).
Game 33, Friday, January 4 at Toronto Raptors- Kings lose to the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 10-23).
Game 34, Saturday, January 5 at Brooklyn Nets- Kings play their fourth road game in five nights and fall to the Nets (Record 10-24).
Game 35, Monday, January 7 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Kings beat the Grizzlies at Sleep Train Arena (Record 11-24).
Game 36, Thursday, January 10 versus Dallas Mavericks- Kings defeat Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 12-24).
Game 37, Saturday, January 12 versus Miami Heat- Kings fall to LeBron James and the Heat (Record 12-25).
Game 38, Monday, January 14 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Kings get a home win over the Cavaliers (Record 13-25).
Game 39, Wednesday, January 16 versus Washington Wizards- Kings complete a 4-1 homestand with a victory over the Wizards (Record 14-25).
Game 40, Friday, January 18 at Memphis Grizzlies- Kings begin a three-game road trip with a loss to the Grizzlies (Record 14-26).
Game 41, Saturday, January 19 at Charlotte Bobcats- Kings drop the second half of a back-to-back to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Bobcats (Record 14-27).
Game 42, Monday, January 21 at New Orleans Hornets- Kings play for the third time in four nights and fall to Anthony Davis and the Hornets (Record 14-28).
Game 43, Wednesday, January 23 versus Phoenix Suns- Kings open a brief two-game homestand with a loss to the Suns (Record 14-29).
Game 44, Friday, January 25 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Kings drop the first half of a back-to-back to Kevin Durant and the Thunder (Record 14-30).
Game 45, Saturday, January 26 at Denver Nuggets- Kings lose to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center for the eighth consecutive time (Record 14-31).
Game 46, Monday, January 28 at Washington Wizards- Kings visit the Nation's Capital and fall to John Wall and the Wizards at the Verizon Center (Record 14-32).
Game 47, Wednesday, January 30 at Boston Celtics- Kings drop a road game to the Celtics at the TD Garden (Record 14-33).
Game 48, Friday, February 1 at Philadelphia 76ers- Kings open February with a loss to Andrew Bynum and the 76ers (Record 14-34).
Game 49, Saturday, February 2 at New York Knicks- Kings fall to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 14-35).
Game 50, Monday, February 4 at Utah Jazz- Kings close an 0-6 road trip with a loss to the Jazz (Record 14-36).
Game 51, Saturday, February 9 versus Utah Jazz- Kings get a home win over the Jazz (Record 15-36).
Game 52, Sunday, February 10 versus Houston Rockets- Kings close a brief two-game homestand with a loss to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets (Record 15-37).
Game 53, Tuesday, February 12 at Memphis Grizzlies- Kings lose to the Grizzlies at the FedExForum (Record 15-38).
Game 54, Wednesday, February 13 at Dallas Mavericks- Kings play for the fourth time in five nights and fall to Mavericks (Record 15-39).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 19 versus San Antonio Spurs- Kings open the second half of the season with a home loss to the Spurs (Record 15-40).
Game 56, Friday, February 22 at Atlanta Hawks- Kings fall to the Hawks at Philips Arena for the sixth straight time (Record 15-41).
Game 57, Sunday, February 24 at New Orleans Hornets- Kings defeat the Hornets at New Orleans Arena (Record 16-41).
Game 58, Tuesday, February 26 at Miami Heat- Kings lose to the Heat for the ninth consecutive time (Record 16-42).
Game 59, Wednesday, February 27 at Orlando Magic- Kings play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Magic (Record 16-43).
Game 60, Friday, March 1 at San Antonio Spurs- Kings begin March with a loss to the Spurs (Record 16-44).
Game 61, Sunday, March 3 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Kings get a home win over the Bobcats (Record 17-44).
Game 62, Tuesday, March 5 versus Denver Nuggets- Kings drop the first half of a back-to-back to the Nuggets (Record 17-45).
Game 63, Wednesday, March 6 at Golden State Warriors- Kings fall to the Warriors at Oracle Arena (Record 17-46).
Game 64, Friday, March 8 versus Phoenix Suns- Kings open a three-game homestand with a victory over the Suns (Record 18-46).
Game 65, Sunday, March 10 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Kings defeat the Bucks (Record 19-46).
Game 66, Wednesday, March 13 versus Chicago Bulls- Kings drop a home game to the Bulls (Record 19-47).
Game 67, Sunday, March 17 at Los Angeles Lakers- Kings fall to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers (Record 19-48).
Game 68, Tuesday, March 19 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Kings lose to Chris Paul and the Clippers (Record 19-49).
Game 69, Thursday, March 21 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Kings close a two-game homestand with a loss to Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 19-50).
Game 70, Saturday, March 23 at Denver Nuggets- Kings drop a road game to the Nuggets and suffer their fifth consecutive loss (Record 19-51).
Game 71, Sunday, March 24 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Kings play for the third time in four nights and lose a home game to the 76ers (Record 19-52).
Game 72, Wednesday, March 27 at Golden State Warriors- Kings get a road win over the Warriors (Record 20-52).
Game 73, Thursday, March 28 at Phoenix Suns- Kings defeat the Suns and successfully complete a back-to-back (Record 21-52).
Game 74, Saturday, March 30 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Kings lose to Steve Nash and the Lakers (Record 21-53).
Game 75, Wednesday, April 3 versus Houston Rockets- Kings defeat the Rockets (Record 22-53).
Game 76, Friday, April 5 versus Dallas Mavericks- Kings get a home win over the Mavericks (Record 23-53).
Game 77, Sunday, April 7 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Kings beat the Grizzlies (Record 24-53).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 10 versus New Orleans Hornets- Kings close a 4-1 homestand with a victory over the young Hornets (Record 25-53).
Game 79, Friday, April 12 at San Antonio Spurs- Kings fall to the Spurs in the first leg of their Texas Two Step (Record 25-54).
Game 80, Sunday, April 14 at Houston Rockets- Kings lose their penultimate road game to the Rockets (Record 25-55).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Kings drop the second half of their final back-to-back to the Thunder (Record 25-56).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Kings fall to the Clippers in their season finale (Record 25-57).
Prediction: The Sacramento Kings head into the 2012-2013 season with uncertainty shrouding their future. That uncertainty will result in their seventh straight sub-.500 season.
Mark is a lifelong fan of the NBA who has loved the game of basketball ever since his first trip to an NBA arena. Mark has watched more basketball games than anyone can count and has hundreds of articles about the NBA published on the internet. Mark also shares his random NBA musings and game-by-game predictions on RandomNBAFan.com.
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