The Kings’ most valuable asset


There has been a lot of hype surrounding the exciting new talent in Sacramento, but the Kings’ most valuable asset be someone who’ll never take the court for the team. Dave Joerger, the team’s second-year coach, could possibly be the important piece of the puzzle for Sacramento.

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As an NBA coach, Joerger has often played veteran players at the expensive of developmentally minutes. This has wrongly created a reputation he doesn’t like to play young talent. However, many forget that Joerger spent the majority of his career in the developmental league.

From 2000 through 2007, Joerger piled a 215-107 coaching record with the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA Developmental League. He won five league championships and two coach of the year awards. His most successful moments, however, can be seen from the NBA talent his teams produced.

Each year, Joerger saw players from his team poached by NBA rosters. Particularly in 2004, his team sent six players to the NBA.

After the team Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins in February, Joerger began to show shades of his past in minor league basketball. Willie Cauley-Stein thrived once his roles expanded in Joerger’s system and Skal Labissiere, an often forgotten talent of the 2016 draft class, progressed much faster than most anticipated. Even Buddy Hield, the main piece acquired for Cousins, showed much improvement once with Sacramento.

Many within the Kings’ organization, including general manager Vlade Divac, have expressed similar sentiments regarding Joerger’s ability to lead and develop. In a statement released after the Kings picked up Joerger’s fourth-year option, Divac expressed excitement about the opportunity for the two to create something great in Sacramento. Back in 2016, Divac praised Joerger for his leadership abilities.

“He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results,” Divac said. “Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning and I look forward to a bright future ahead for the Kings with his leadership on the court.”

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Arguably the team’s most talented coach since Rick Adelman, Dave Joerger brings a level of consistency and developmental ability that the Kings haven’t seen in over a decade. It’s Joerger’s presence that may be the key to success in Sacramento.



About Jordan Schauberger

Jordan is a Sports Journalism student at American River College. He is a passionate NBA fan and unironically supports the Kings. #SacramentoProud

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