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Domantas Sabonis believes the Kings will end their 16-year playoff drought

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Domantas Sabonis believes the Kings will end their 16-year playoff drought
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Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis thinks his team’s 16-year playoff drought will soon come to an end. The sixth-year NBA player expects the Kings to qualify for the postseason. Though, the question is when?

When Sabonis was asked by NBA.com if making the playoffs is a realistic goal, he said, “Of course.” Sacramento has not qualified since finishing 44-38 (.537) and eighth overall in the Western Conference in the 2005-06 season.

The Kings have the longest active playoff drought out of the four major U.S. professional sports.

According to some NBA betting sites, the Kings have bottom-10 odds of winning the championship in 2023. Despite low title odds, a few sportsbooks are not ruling out a potential playoff appearance with Domantas Sabonis.

“Every team has that mentality at the beginning of training camp to get that special feeling at the end of the year,” continued the two-time All-Star. “As long as we work toward that, good things can happen for us.”

Regarding the competitive nature of the Western Conference and the Kings’ playoff chances, Domantas Sabonis explained, “Competing is the main thing. We have a lot of talent and a lot of weapons. We have to share the ball.”

Domantas Sabonis thinks the Kings will end their 16-year playoff drought soon

“If we keep that moving, we’re going to be tough to guard,” continued Sabonis. “There’s a lot of off-ball movement. There’s a lot of one-on-one in this league and there are a lot of great defenders. But if we can work together as a team to get each other better shots, we’re going to be tough.”

In February, the Indiana Pacers traded Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, and a 2023 second-round draft pick to the Kings for Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson.

Last season, the Kings went 30-52 (.366) and ranked 12th overall in the conference. After a 6-11 start, the organization fired head coach Luke Walton on November 22, 2021.

He was then replaced by interim head coach Alvin Gentry. However, Gentry was fired at the end of the end of the season. On May 9, the front office hired Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown as the team’s next head coach.

In the 2022 NBA Draft, the team selected Keegan Murray fourth overall out of Iowa. If the Kings are to make the playoffs with Domantas Sabonis, at least now they have a little extra firepower.

During the offseason, the Kings traded Holiday, Maurice Harkless, and a 2024 first-round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Kevin Huerter. Needless to say, Harkless is now with the Rockets.

Then, Malik Monk signed a two-year, $19.42 million contract with the Kings. And Kent Bazemore signed a one-year, $2.91 million contract. Plus, the team inked deals with KZ Okpala, Sam Merrill, Matthew Dellavedova, and Chima Moneke.

More than a few Kings fans agree with Domantas Sabonis. The 2022-23 season could put an end to their 16-year playoff drought. Last Friday, the Seattle Mariners of the MLB ended their 21-year playoff drought.


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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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