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Midseason Report Cards
Sacramento
Kings
D
Stats Through Jan. 20
W-L 14-25
PCT .359
DIV 2-8
CONF 9-17
HOME 9-13
ROAD 5-12
Team Pic
Frontcourt
B
DeMarcus Cousins had a first half worthy of the All-Star game, while continuing to fight his demons. The play of Rudy Gay after coming over in a trade was another encouraging sign.
Backcourt
C-
Isaiah Thomas went from Sixth Man candidate to starter as part of a few months of change for the Kings. That also included prized rookie Ben McLemore getting his chance at shooting guard and then being replaced.
Defense
F
The Kings are good on the defensive boards. Otherwise, feel free to go right at them. The guards don't secure the perimeter and the bigs don't protect the rim.
Bench
D
In-season acquisitions Derrick Williams and Quincy Acy have bigger roles than with their former teams, but Carl Landry's knee injury and shooting struggles by McLemore and Marcus Thornton hurt.
Coaching
C
A challenging job anyway became more difficult with trades trades and players who quickly stopped giving full effort. Michael Malone's biggest campaign promise, an improved defense, hasn't come true.
Summary

There were some serious comedown moments after the entire franchise rode a wave of energy into the season, the result of still being in Sacramento after the serious threat of relocation to Seattle, before the improved play just before the midpoint showed progress.

Any sign of forward movement is valuable when a team is facing the potential of finishing with the worst record in the conference, and with Cousins' improvements on the court and the early look at Gay's ability to fit in when he is not the first scoring option, the Kings have reason for optimism. But the first half also showed they have so far to go.

Not only is the defense terrible, but there is also no sign of getting better. In fact, the Kings traded one of the few (only?) dependable players on that side, Luc Mbah a Moute, to get Williams. The effort has been inconsistent -- what should be an alarming issue. While the selfishness of the past has faded, the problem of being able to distribute the ball remains amid turnovers and a scoring point guard, Thomas.

--Scott Howard-Cooper

2013-14 Team Rating
Offense Defense
103.6 106.1
14th Overall 28th Overall