|2010-11 Team Rating|
|24th Overall||22nd Overall|
Stats through Jan. 15
What should have been a strength, in depth and potential, has become a frustration. No one has played well enough, or, ahem, with enough maturity, to secure the starting job at any position.
Tyreke Evans backsliding from a great rookie campaign -- whether because of injury, injury or personal issues -- is the biggest of all Kings concerns. But he still has a limitless future.
The Kings focused much of their offseason efforts on becoming more of an inside force… and they're still 26th in shooting defense and also struggling on the defensive boards.
The irregular rotation has, if nothing else, allowed the Kings to show what coming in figured to be good depth, especially up front. But there is still no dependable scorer.
With distractions swirling, the Kings still play hard. That says something about Paul Westphal. But many of the losses are caused by terrible execution and lack of intensity. That says something too.
Either the team is moving or DeMarcus Cousins is having maturity issues or jobs on the coaching staff and the front office are reported to be in jeopardy or Evans is regressing for any number of possible reasons. What a mess of a first half.
Just when it appeared the Kings were finally gaining some traction, with Evans coming off his Rookie of the Year and a tangible commitment to defense, they are back to challenging for the worst record in the league. That's bad enough. The timing makes it worse. They need to be rallying people in the city, in hopes of finally beating long (impossible?) odds to get a new arena, not igniting more frustration.
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