Michael Peterson –
September 5th, 2018
The Sacramento Kings opened the 2018-19 NBA season at home in the Golden 1 Center against the Utah Jazz, last year’s 5th seed in the Western Conference. The Jazz had made a few additions and losses over the offseason – drafting guard Grayson Allen from Duke – but by and large, this was the same Jazz lineup that lost to the Houston Rockets in the Conference Semis. The Kings came in after an offseason where the front office made it clear that they would build from within, and continued to focus on their young players. Coach Joerger put a starting lineup on the floor of:
PG: De’Aaron Fox; SG: Buddy Hield; SF: Harrison Barnes; PF: Nemanja Bjelica; C: Marvin Bagley III
Which drew a few interesting reactions from the press in attendance, particularly the use of Bagley at Center, with Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench – albeit in significant minutes. Many expected Bagley to play at Power Forward this season, eventually transitioning to the five. Other than that it was a lineup that looked to provide variety, pace, and shooting to the Sacramento offense.