|2011-12 Team Rating|
|26th Overall||27th Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
DeMarcus Cousins is the dependable King. Good night, everyone. Drive safe. He has had some very good stretches as a needed reminder of why he is worth the trouble. But there has to be consistent help.
Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton are shooting less than 42 percent as part of the team-wide accuracy problems. It's worse because the Kings are still searching for a true point guard who can get others involved.
Put it this way: It's a surprise when any appears, like some passing glimpse that looks nice but never lasts. The Kings are in the bottom five in defensive efficiency, defensive rebounding and shooting defense.
Isaiah Thomas has gone from No. 60 pick to an important part of the rotation. Chuck Hayes has some bad numbers, but is contributing defense. So much for the good news. So much for the wins.
Keith Smart has only been head coach about six weeks, hardly enough time to receive a fair grade. The Kings have had some good moments since he took over, but very bad stretches as well.
The Kings have changed coaches, have changed starters at power forward, and may even change cities, but have been unable to change course. Cousins is developing nicely on the court, at a rate that should put him in the discussion for All-Star reserve next season. Now to have the same improvements in how he carries himself.
At some point, this is going to have to be about Tyreke Evans. A second consecutive disappointing season after a very impressive rookie campaign is a severe blow to a franchise that rightly envisioned him as a foundation of the future. So far, it's tough to say what the future is, and not just for Evans.
-- Scott Howard-Cooper
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|