26. Sacramento Kings

2010-11 Record: 24-58 (Did not make playoffs)
Key Returning Players: Marcus Thorton
Key Additions: J.J. Hickson, John Salmons
Key Losses: Beno Udrih, Samuel Dalembert
This Week: vs. LA Lakers, Monday (12/26); @ Portland, Tuesday (12/27); vs. Chicago, Thursday (12/29); vs. New York, Saturday (12/31)

Before we even get into the on the court issues, this team deserves some props for staying in Sacramento. On top of that, they landed Jimmer! Now onto some of the points of concern for the 2011-12 season, this team lacks experience and is coming off a season where they finished 14th in the Western Conference. Much of their success will depend on whether or not Tyreke Evans can bounce back from an injury-filled season which only saw him play in 57 games. With Samuel Dalembert said to have agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, the team will take a loss in both size and defense. But a shortened season with multiple back-to-back-to-back games plays to the advantage of a young team like the Kings. Will there be playoff basketball in Sacramento this season? That's highly unlikely. But Sac-Town natives can take solace in the fact that there's NBA basketball in their city at all. —Ralph Warner