Kings Hot Start: By the Numbers
Points Per Game
Sacramento’s 105.5 points per game ranks them fourth overall through six games played, outpaced by only Boston’s 106.4 ppg, Dallas’ 106.5 ppg and Golden State’s 109.5 ppg. Much of the team’s offseason was spent addressing offensive needs, so Pete D’Alessandro and the Kings front office have to love how the team has started the season on that end of the ball.
Rebounds Per Game
Any time DeMarcus Cousins, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson anchor your rebounding effort; you’re going to rank near the top of the league in rebounding. Add in Rudy Gay’s early success and you find the team ranked second overall in total rebounding and first in rebounding differential at an impressive plus-10.4.
Opponent Field Goal Percentage
Opponent field goal percentage is a great barometer for team success. The Kings are currently holding their opponents to a modest 41.4 percent and rank fifth in the league. The four teams ahead of Sacramento have a current combined record of 17-3. (22-4 if you add the Kings).
Free Throws Attempted Per Game
Maybe the early storyline of the season is the team’s incredible ability to draw fouls. Sacramento’s 39.8 free throw attempts and 32.7 free throws made per game this season lead the league by a wide margin. Although the River City takes the second fewest three-pointers per game in the league, it more than makes up for the loss of long-range shots at the charity stripe. Where the Kings are connecting at an 82-percent clip.
Following the team’s hard-fought double-overtime win in Phoenix on Friday night, fans celebrated something they hadn’t seen in 15 years. Sacramento held a 5-1 record for the first time since 1999. The historical significance didn’t stop there, the purple and black also started the season 3-0 on the road, a feat no Kings team had accomplished since the 1995-96 season.
Led by Darren Collison and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have utilized an aggressive defense and poised offense to jump out to the eighth best rank in team turnover differential. Almost equally as important as getting stops on the defensive end has been the ability to limit turnovers.
Although this doesn’t technically count as a team statistic, it should.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 6, 2014