Sacramento Kings schedule 2013: Tyreke Evans' return and back to the Bay

Ezra Shaw

The Sacramento Kings' 2013-14 schedule is highlighted by Tyreke Evans' return with the Pelicans and Sacramento's new leadership heading back to visit the Golden State Warriors.

The Sacramento Kings scored the biggest victory of all this offseason just by keeping their team in town. After securing their future in the capital of California, new ownership started fresh by adding former Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone as head coach and former Warriors and Nuggets executive Pete D'Alessandro as general manager. As for the Kings roster, the highlights of the offseason included trading Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans and agreeing to extend center DeMarcus Cousins' contract.

The vision for future success has been built. Sacramento could struggle this season, but its schedule includes games where reflecting on the past will give context to the present.

Five games to watch

Nov. 2 at Golden State -- In the third game of the season, a revamped Kings team will visit the Bay Area after new ownership did a good amount of gutting of the Warriors' leadership. First-year Kings coach Mike Malone was the lead assistant under Golden State coach Mark Jackson over the last two years, and Sacramento also hired general manager Pete D'Alessandro away from the Nuggets' front office after he spent 2004-08 in Golden State. The Kings may be building their model around the success of the Warriors, but they're far behind in terms of the product and the process.

Nov. 15 vs. Pistons -- Sacramento's only game on ESPN this year will feature some of the game's unique big men. Cousins will face off against a talented frontcourt trio of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

Dec. 23 vs. Pelicans -- Tyreke Evans, the fourth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Kings, will make his return to Sacramento with his new team. The combo guard won the Rookie of the Year award with the Kings, but in the years thereafter only produced inconsistently. The blame doesn't fall completely on Evans, of course.

Jan. 24 vs. Pacers --  Cousins gets another interesting matchup against a well-regarded but very different style of center in the Pacers' Roy Hibbert. Comparatively, it's true that Hibbert has help in Indiana whereas Cousins doesn't in Sactown. But with the Kings handing Cousins a long-term extension, he'll be expected to grow in one area where Hibbert is already successful -- we're talking about the defensive end of the floor.

March 18 vs. Wizards -- Both the Wizards and the Kings have youth. Washington is a step further along in learning how to win, and so it should be a sound measuring stick for Sacramento to play the John Wall-led team. While Cousins plays against his old Kentucky mate, another interesting matchup is at shooting guard, where second-year pro Bradley Beal can show Kings rookie Ben McLemore a thing or two about what he's learned in a single NBA season.

Tough tests

The first 17 games of the year won't be kind to the Kings, who play the Clippers three times, the Warriors and Lakers twice each, and the Nets, Grizzlies, Hawks, Thunder and Nuggets once each. Those are the playoff teams of a year ago. Remaining are two games against Portland, one against Detroit and two against the Phoenix Suns.

Easiest stretches

While not much will be easy for Sacramento in 2013-14, the Kings do have a stretch in the middle of December that could help the season's final win percentage. Beginning on Dec. 6, they have an eight-game run with opponents including the Bobcats, Suns and the Jazz twice. They also face teams of varying talent that will be trying to find themselves early in the year in Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Important schedule facts

Back-to-backs: 19

Season opener: Oct. 30 at home vs. Nuggets

Longest road trip: Seven games (March 5-16)

Longest homestand: Five games (Nov. 9-19, Jan. 2-12)

2013-14 schedule

OCTOBER
Denver Wednesday, October 30 2013 10:00 PM EDT coverage
NOVEMBER
Los Angeles Clippers Friday, November 01 2013 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Golden State Saturday, November 02 2013 10:30 PM EDT coverage
Atlanta Tuesday, November 05 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Portland Friday, November 08 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Portland Saturday, November 09 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Brooklyn Wednesday, November 13 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Detroit Friday, November 15 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
Memphis Sunday, November 17 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
Phoenix Tuesday, November 19 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Phoenix Wednesday, November 20 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, November 23 2013 3:30 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, November 24 2013 9:30 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Friday, November 29 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
DECEMBER
Golden State Sunday, December 01 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
Oklahoma City Tuesday, December 03 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Friday, December 06 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Saturday, December 07 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Dallas Monday, December 09 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Wednesday, December 11 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Phoenix Friday, December 13 2013 9:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Sunday, December 15 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Tuesday, December 17 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Atlanta Wednesday, December 18 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Miami Friday, December 20 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Orlando Saturday, December 21 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Monday, December 23 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
Miami Friday, December 27 2013 10:00 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Sunday, December 29 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Tuesday, December 31 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
JANUARY
Philadelphia Thursday, January 02 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Saturday, January 04 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Portland Tuesday, January 07 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Orlando Friday, January 10 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Cleveland Sunday, January 12 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
Indiana Tuesday, January 14 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Minnesota Wednesday, January 15 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Memphis Friday, January 17 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Oklahoma City Sunday, January 19 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Tuesday, January 21 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Wednesday, January 22 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Indiana Friday, January 24 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Denver Sunday, January 26 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Monday, January 27 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
Memphis Wednesday, January 29 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Dallas Friday, January 31 2014 8:30 PM EST coverage
FEBRUARY
San Antonio Saturday, February 01 2014 8:30 PM EST coverage
Chicago Monday, February 03 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Toronto Wednesday, February 05 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Boston Friday, February 07 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
Washington Sunday, February 09 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
Cleveland Tuesday, February 11 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
New York Wednesday, February 12 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
Golden State Wednesday, February 19 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Boston Saturday, February 22 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Denver Sunday, February 23 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Tuesday, February 25 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Friday, February 28 2014 10:30 PM EST coverage
MARCH
Minnesota Saturday, March 01 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Monday, March 03 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
Milwaukee Wednesday, March 05 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Toronto Friday, March 07 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Brooklyn Sunday, March 09 2014 6:00 PM EDT coverage
Detroit Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Philadelphia Wednesday, March 12 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Chicago Saturday, March 15 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
Minnesota Sunday, March 16 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Washington Tuesday, March 18 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
San Antonio Friday, March 21 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Milwaukee Sunday, March 23 2014 6:00 PM EDT coverage
New York Wednesday, March 26 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Oklahoma City Friday, March 28 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
Dallas Saturday, March 29 2014 8:30 PM EDT coverage
New Orleans Monday, March 31 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
APRIL
Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, April 02 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Golden State Friday, April 04 2014 10:30 PM EDT coverage
Dallas Sunday, April 06 2014 6:00 PM EDT coverage
Oklahoma City Tuesday, April 08 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Portland Wednesday, April 09 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, April 12 2014 3:30 PM EDT coverage
Minnesota Sunday, April 13 2014 9:00 PM EDT coverage
Phoenix Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:30 PM EDT coverage

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