With a healthy Chris Webber, Sports Illustrated predicts Sacramento will beat New Jersey for its first NBA championship!?!
In a survey of twelve ESPN analysts, six picked the Lakers to win it all. while the other six picked the Spurs. Only one of the EPSN analysts [Chad Ford, ESPN Insider] even picked the Kings to make it to the Western Conference Finals. The survey does not predict any individual awards [Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man, Defensive Player, Most Improved or Exec of the Year] for the Kings.
ESPN the Magazine rates the Kings as the fifth best team in the Western Conference, behind the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks and Timberwolves. Their overview of the team says "the Kings, top to bottom, are no longer the NBA's most talented team" and that any long-shot hope hangs on the health of CWebb."
USAToday's preview of the Basketball season shows the Kings as the fifth best team and predicts that the Spurs will beat the pistons in the NBA Finals.