The Sacramento Kings are thinking outside the box as they try to regain relevancy after years in the cellar of the Western Conference, but owner Vivek Ranadive's latest idea is a real doozy. Ranadive has pitched the idea of playing 4-on-5 defense and keeping a cherry picker on the other end of the court, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe.
Yup, a designated cherry picker. Like the annoying guy in your pick-up game, except as an actual strategy
Lowe says the Kings themselves won't actually do that this season, but their D-League affiliate could. And if that works ... who knows?
This idea follows in the footsteps of an innovative idea that gave fans the opportunity to be a part of the Kings' Draft Advisory Council for the 2014 NBA Draft. Fans were challenged to submit their methodology on whom the Kings should take using analytics, and the nine best submissions were picked to meet regularly with the front office via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the draft. Five of them were subsequently invited into the Kings' war room on draft night.
Sacramento also recently hired analytics guru Dean Oliver and clearly is using every avenue possible in an attempt to improve. Who knows if any of their efforts will work, but even if they don't, there could be some serious entertainment value here.