The race for the playoffs will continue with the NBA season restarting very soon. As such, there will be a lot of pressure on the significant playoffs contenders in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference to maintain momentum and consistency till the season. One of the teams vying for a place in the playoffs this season is the Sacramento Kings, who still retain an outside chance of making the playoffs with a lot of games remaining. Sacramento Kings are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years since the 2005-2006 NBA season. For the Kings, qualification for a playoff spot at the end of this season could be the catalyst for a potential first NBA title in almost 70 years.
Despite experiencing an indifferent season so far in his first season in charge of Sacramento Kings, Head Coach Luke Walton has managed to turn around their season and steer the Kings back on the right path. At the moment, Sacramento Kings are 11th in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division with a 28-36 win-loss record (.438).
Here is a look at Sacramento Kings’ season so far, along with some of their top performers and what to expect from the team for the remainder of the season.
Sacramento Kings’ season so far
After a summer of significant incomings and outgoings, the Sacramento Kings roster looked stronger and prepared to start this season on a positive note. However, it was the opposite as the Kings lost their opening five games of the season.
In the early stage of the season, the disappointing defeats threatened to derail the Kings’ season. However, Sacramento Kings quickly moved past the setbacks to record their first win of the season against Utah Jazz. Three additional victories in their next four games saw them improve their win-loss record to 4-6 after ten games into the new season and put together a consistent run. They would go on to record three wins and two defeats in their next five games. After the opening 15 games of the season, Sacramento Kings had managed to get a 7-8 win-loss record. However, the excellent form wouldn’t last long as they lost five and won once in their next six games. The defeats were similar to their terrible run at the beginning of the season. Also, they raised concerns about Sacramento Kings’ capability to manage longer consistent winning runs and the expectations of ending a long wait for a playoff appearance. The Kings temporarily cast those concerns aside as they won four and lost one of their next five games to get back on track and extend their win-loss record to 12-14. However, the inconsistencies resurfaced again as the Kings went on to lose eight straight games to end 2019 on a terrible note.
The long losing streak came to an end as the Kings won their first game of the New Year at home against Memphis Grizzlies. Two more wins from the next three games ensured that the Kings would have a little momentum to get back on track. The excellent form came to an abrupt end as Sacramento Kings went on a six-game winless run afterward. They would recover from the lengthy setback to record six wins and just two losses in their next eight games. Despite suffering two consecutive defeats later, the Kings managed to pick up seven wins from their last ten games before the suspension of the season. During that run, they became one of the few in-form teams in the NBA.
Top performers in the Sacramento Kings’ roster so far this season
This season, the Kings boast of some of the most underrated talents in the NBA. The standout player amongst them has been Point Guard De’Aaron Fox. In his third season with Sacramento Kings after being drafted as the fifth pick in 2017, Fox has seen his stock rise tremendously within a short period of his career. He has excelled on multiple occasions this season when his team has either lost or won.
After 45 games this season, Fox has averaged 20.4 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 6.8 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game, and 3.1 turnovers per game.
Other players, including Shooting Guards Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Small Forward Harrison Barnes, Power Forward Marvin Bagley, and Center Richaun Holmes, have also been influential in the team.
Expectations from Sacramento Kings for the rest of the season
As it stands, the Kings have an excellent chance to secure a playoff spot at the end of the season. However, they will have to maintain consistency and show how good they are as a team in their remaining 18 games. Another area of concern will be their form away from home. This season, the Kings have struggled to win a lot of games on the road. They have only won 14 out of their overall 33 away games this season. They will have to improve on that abysmal form since they have eight tough away encounters against some of the top NBA teams. However, they will be confident of winning those games considering the significant wins they have claimed over some of these teams earlier in the season.