Sacramento Kings: Team Is Much Better Than Record Suggests

By Karim Akbar
Kelley L Cox – USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings are 4-10 on the season. That’s something Kings fans have, unfortunately, grown accustomed to the past few seasons. This team is also fighting through the adversity without pointing fingers, that’s a new wrinkle in the format because past Kings teams would have folded. Analysts say this team a year off from playoff contention, the Kings are hoping to reverse that this season.

DeMarcus Cousins has been a standout in what should lead to an All-Star caliber season. Cousins leads the team in four categories including scoring averaging 21.6 points per game while also leading the team in rebounds at 10.4 per game steals and blocks per game. He’s the only player in the NBA to hit those marks this season. Cousins joins Kevin Love and Blake Griffin as the only players averaging at least 21 points and 10 rebounds per game, not bad company.

You could also factor in the solid Western Conference powers the Kings have faced to start to season. The Kings rank 1st in strength of schedule according to ESPN. Unfortunately, going toe to toe with some of the giants in the West has done damage as the team sits last in the loaded Pacific division.

But the numbers and the current record tell you that the Kings aren’t too far off the mark here. And that’s the truth. This team still has its shortcomings, case in point are the 13 turnovers per game the Kings average, tops in the association. Sacramento can turn that around in one fell swoop by first beating their regional rivals, the Golden State Warriors Sunday. Couple that with some deadline day trades and Sacramento could be flirting with playoff contention a year ahead of schedule.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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