Silver lining in Kings missed playoff opportunity

Mike Brown & Co. failed to climb out of the play-in tournament, something his team could have avoided if things weren’t tough in the final two weeks of the regular season. The Sacramento Kings suffered the injury at the wrong time and lost key gears in their offensive machine.

Losing in a game changer G Malik monk caused the Kings to go on even worse inconsistent streaks – something the team had to deal with all season. A player of Sixth Man of the Year caliber is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, and the possibility of losing Monk this offseason looks even more realistic after missing the playoffs.

Monk appeared in 72 games off the bench this year, averaging career-highs in points per game (15.4) and assists per game (5.1). If we enter the open market, many teams within the association would pay a pretty penny to sign a player with that much upside. Kings fans have seen Monk’s elite performances in clutch time and know how much of a difference he makes.

After a tough loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the final round of the play-in tournament, the Kings head back into the offseason and look to improve the team. Fortunately, Sacramento’s loss means the team gets to keep their lottery pick for the 2024 draft. The Kings originally offered the pick to the Atlanta Hawks when acquiring Kevin Huerter in 2022.

Retaining a lottery-protected pick is key to the Kings’ offseason plans, with the opportunity to land one of the draft’s top young talents. If the Kings had won against the Pels, they would have faced the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, a series that would certainly be tough.

Barring any trades, the Kings have a pick that could be used to increase their potential, especially if Monk is set to leave. This offseason will be interesting, but it’s not all bad for Sactown.

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