Sacramento Kings: The 3 steps needed to make the playoffs next season

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3. Luke Walton

After firing Dave Joerger following a decent season, it’s clear that the hiring of Luke Walton was no question to get the Kings over the hump and back to the playoffs. On paper, Walton brings stability to the position but he struggled mightily with his one head coaching stint in Los Angeles.

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Albeit this is a completely different situation and the pressure is slightly less, it is still concerning nonetheless.

Walton can be successful if he gets players to buy into his system and spread the floor. But in the Western Conference, players cannot take any nights off and that happened far too much last season under his watch with the Lakers.

He shouldn’t have too much of an issue getting the players to buy in since most are young and emerging so this should allow Walton to coach the way he wants.

It will be a battle to make the playoffs for the Kings this upcoming season. The West is loaded with stars and no team that made the playoffs last year has gotten worse outside of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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But if they can take the steps necessary for success, the playoff drought could be over once and for all. FINALLY.