Kings at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:49 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Peja Stojakovic
No championship, but the Kings have four top-30 guys (Peja, CWebb, Mike Bibby, Brad Miller) who could help you win one.

Peja Stojakovic may not be happy about it, but Greg Ostertag is a big defensive upgrade over the decrepit Vlade Divac. Stojakovic needs to stop whining to the Maloofs and fighting with CWebb (who hasn't said 'my bad' in seven years), and toughen up.

This team will win its usual heap of regular-season games, but now it's up to Peja, not Webber, to get the W's that matter most.

Roster analysis
The starters: They know how to get good shots, but not how to prevent them.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Chris Webber Lots of injuries. Lots of excuses. No titles 7
SF Peja Stojakovic California teammate drama heads upstate 9
C Brad Miller Looking to build on career-best 10.3 rpg 7
SG Doug Christie May start slowly because of an injury to his left foot 7
PG Mike Bibby Too bad you can't inject Bibby's spirit into his teammates 9
BENCH Despite replacing Vlade and Anthony Peeler with Ostertag and Courtney Alexander, the Kings aren't as deep as in past years. 7
*-out of 10