|2012-13 Team Rating|
|15th Overall||30th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
DeMarcus Cousins' play also has been a problem, though better recently. If he is going backward, the Kings are, too. Jason Thompson is a solid power forward, but there's no one opponents fear.
Aaron Brooks hasn't been the answer at point guard; Isaiah Thomas also gets starts and Jimmer Fredette has a role off the bench. Shooting guard is now Tyreke Evans' best spot.
There is no sign of improvement. There is rarely sign of life. The Kings don't block shots, don't force turnovers, are at the bottom in defensive rebounding percentage and in the 20s in shooting defense.
The signs are encouraging for Fredette, who is in the top 10 in 3-point percentage. The Kings also have some defense here, with Chuck Hayes and James Johnson, and the offense of Marcus Thornton.
The problem is lack of front-line talent, but Keith Smart gets mixed reviews (Fredette moving forward, Cousins back-and-forth, Evans with good moments). Now to help Thomas Robinson find his way.
There actually have been encouraging moments despite predictably occupying their usual spot at or near the bottom of the West, most notably answering the 2-7 start with a series of wins against measuring-stick opponents. If the Kings are beating or splitting with the likes of the Trail Blazers, Knicks, Warriors while sweeping the season series from the Raptors and Cavaliers, that is something to build on.
Sacramento is going nowhere, though, with this defense. Come to think of it, they're not really going anywhere with this offense either. Trying to out-run everyone may seem fun, but the Kings don't have the scorers to back it up and they certainly don't shoot well enough.
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C-|
|New Orleans Hornets||C-|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|