Charlotte Bobcats vs Sacramento Kings game preview

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Let's welcome the Kings back to Charlotte, because there was a time when we weren't sure they would be coming back from Sacramento.

Last year we weren't so certain the Sacramento Kings would ever be coming back to Charlotte, at least under the same name and city affiliation. The Maloof family, the now former owners of the Kings, were doing their best to move the team in the interest of a bigger market and more revenue after debt forced them to sell all but 2 percent of their stake in the Palms casino and hotel in Las Vegas. When relocation failed, they tried selling it. Soon an owner out of Seattle appeared. All seemed lost for the poor folks of Sacramento. Thanks to an ownership group devoted to retaining the Kings in Sacramento and the fight Kings fans put up against relocation, they proved to the NBA that Sacramento still supported their Kings. You don't have to cheer for the Kings, you don't even have to like them, but you should appreciate them. They're the result of fanbase's hard work.

The Kings aren't very good, however. They have a million guards, DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, and they've added on the always polarizing Rudy Gay. This is a winnable game for the Bobcats.

Cousins is the focal point and leader of the Kings offense. One of the league leaders in usage with a usage percentage of 34.1 percent, Cousins is the go-to player for the Kings and the player the Bobcats need to focus a large part of their gameplan around.

When the Kings aren't going to Cousins they're slashing to the rim with their guards to try and kick out for jump shots. However, if that fails they are notorious for very quickly bailing from the plan and going for isolation sets.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO RUDY GAY! I am a Rudy Gay fan. I've always felt that he was vastly overpaid, which has made fans and media not able to appreciate the good things he can do, such as his defense. That said, the guy dances around in isolation sets and jacks up horrible midrange jump shots. And it doesn't help that he misses all the time. The Bobcats defense is built around forcing teams to shoot midrange jump shots so if they can get the Kings to force the ball into Gay's hands that could give them a significant advantage.

A matchup to watch tonight will be Kemba Walker vs Isaiah Thomas. Walker is being noticed more than ever this season for his solid play despite his early season bad shooting. Thomas is an extremely under-appreciated guard among the general public, which is a serious shame. He's an excellent point guard that is a blast to watch. You'll want to keep your eye on him.

The Bobcats should win tonight's game as they have a better defense and are at home. They aren't overwhelming favorites but they should definitely have the advantage.

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