COACHING: Malone was brought on primarily to improve Sacramento's biggest issue: Playing defense. Malone was a part of a Golden State team that improved on the defensive end of the floor en route to a playoff berth. The Warriors improved immensely in rebounding (from 28th to 3rd), defensive rebounding (24th to 1st), opponent field goal percentage (20th to 3rd) and opponent three-point field goal percentage (28th to 7th).
Whether he can convert water into wine by transforming the Kings into a tough defender remains to be seen. Malone was also on Cleveland's coaching staff when the LeBron James-led Cavs reached the NBA Finals in 2007 and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009.
Malone will have to get Cousins to learn how to calm himself and explain how much better he can be with a point guard that doesn't mind giving up shots. Brendan Malone was hired as an assistant coach, along with Dee Brown, Micah Nori, Chris Jent, Ryan Bowen and Corliss Williamson.
OUTLOOK: The front office and roster reconstruction won't bear much fruit for the 2013-14 season and at least the Kings are making an attempt to improve morale and win back the once-devoted fanbase.
There won't be much of a high ceiling for the Kings, who gave a glimpse of improvement at season's end by scoring 100 or more points in 26 of the last 32 games and in 15 of the last 17 home contests. Sacramento also reached the 20- win mark at home for the first time since 2007-08, when it registered a 26-15 home record.
Malone hopes the enigmatic Cousins can form a strong bond with Vasquez because that will only make his first season as head coach smoother. The roster isn't the worst in the NBA, but expect another season with about 30 to 35 wins.