They lead the league in scoring with 104.0 points per game. They dish more assists per game than any team in the NBA with 26.7. With their Princeton offense -- big men handling the ball, movement and backdoor cuts predicated on finding soft spots in the defense -- the Kings get more open looks at the hoop than any team in the league. It is no wonder they're tied with Minnesota for the league lead in field-goal percentage at .466.

Kings assistant Pete Carril, progenitor of the offense when he coached at Princeton, said there have been many moments this season where the Kings have vividly brought his creation to life.

"There have been quite a few," Carril said. "When you throw the ball to the open guy, who throws the ball to someone more open than he is, who throws it to someone who is more open than he is, then you see that they understand how they're going to win the game."

We caught up with the Kings to ask them what makes their offense effective and stylish.

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Knocking down "the backdoor" with the Kings:

What do you enjoy most about the Kings offense?
Chris Webber: "Selfishly, I think that we like that the ball goes through the big guys, so we get to be passers. We all -- myself, Vlade [Divac] and Brad [Miller] -- think of Magic, so we like the fact on every play we can get an assist, because we know we have great shooters."

Mike Bibby: "I like how free we can be. [Coach Adelman] lets us play to our strengths. Some coaches will feel like this is the way we're doing it and this is the way we're going to do it. We run the ball a lot, we get people involved, we have fun. That's the way basketball is supposed to be played."

Rick Adelman: "We initiate it through our big guys and we try to keep everybody involved. If we play right, the ball hops, everybody touches it and everybody has a chance to make a play. That's what we try to do.

"But we initiate it through our big guys because they're such great passers. It's hard for other teams to defend that. When they give it up, the guys they give it to can make the play. They can pass it and they can shoot it."

Darius Songaila: "It's very easy to get ahold of it. It seems like it's very structured, but there's a lot of room for improv. It includes everybody. It's not about putting the ball in one person's hands and that's it."

How much of the Kings' offense is predicated on reading the defense?
Webber: "We have a lot of reads. We have a few offenses with nine or 10 options it seems like. You really need to know the game of basketball, you need to know your opponent -- what they like to do and their tendencies -- and then read from there. We have guys that are so skilled it makes the reading easier.

Adelman: "The whole thing is predicated on that. We talk about it and work on situations all the time and we're always talking about what the defense is trying to do, what they're trying to take away. There should always be an answer."

How long does it take to become accustomed to what you guys do?
Webber: "Brad came in and got it after a few games, but I would say most people it takes about half of a year. A lot of it is confidence in knowing that I can do this and if I make a mistake it doesn't mess with you next time because you're going to make mistakes."

Adelman: "It takes a while. I think if you get the player who can make plays, the smart basketball player, he'll pick it up pretty quickly."

Bibby: "I don't know exactly, but it was a lot different than what I was used to. When I first got here, I don't know how many times I got hit in the head with the pass cutting back door. I had to get used everyone passing the ball."

Songaila: "It's taken awhile -- training camp, preseason. The biggest thing I think is getting to know the guys on the team, their tendencies and how they play and try to read them. Once you get that, the offense kind of comes. They plays are the plays, you can memorize those, but you need to know what the guys on the floor like to do."

As a big man, how do you like it that the offense runs through you guys?
Songaila: "It's great for a big guy. You feel involved. It's not just defense, rebounding and running the floor. When everybody touches the ball, you feel a part of whatever is going on on the floor."

GM Geoff Petrie continues to find people who take to this offense. How do you think he does it?
Webber: "I think what he tries to do is get guys who can shoot, dribble and pass. And it seems simple but, a lot of guys can do one or the other, but not all three. So, I'm happy that they picked a guy like and that I'm able to work with a guy like that."

Has there been one play that sticks out in your mind this season where the offense worked particularly well?
Webber: "Probably when Peja drove to the hole against San Antonio and threw it behind his back to me. Seemed like old times."

Adelman: "We've had quiet a few games like that where we're been at 35, 40 assists and when you do that, you're really being effective."