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Sorry, respectfully disagree. 19-21 is nowhere close to being an playoff team in the West.
In addition, your assuming that Ben and Ray are going to take that next leap.
The Kings Defense is ranked next to last in almost every statistical category.
Players like Williams, Landry, JT, Outlaw, Gray, Acy, and Cunningham are mediocre or worse.
While IT puts up great numbers on offense, their meaningless.
Nobody cares if you put up 20 a game on one of the worst teams in the league.
Kings need to bring in Defensive Starters to make a big change in the Win-Loss Column.
At the end of the day it's all about Winning.
Toronto does not have any more talent than Sac.
Yet, their record is much better.
Fans like to make excuses. I don't. The Kings are terrible and some wholesale changes need to be made to make this team a winnin organization again.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: Can the Sacramento Kings afford to let Isaiah Thomas go?
Defense is a liability for IT and the Kings as notated below:
Thomas' height—he clocks in at 5'9"—makes him somewhat of a liability on defense, especially against bigger, physical point guards such as Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook or Michael Carter-Williams. During the 45 losses he contributed to this season, he posted a net rating of minus-9.8, as opponents scored 110.6 points per 100 possessions with him on the court.
Thus, if another team decides to overpay Thomas this summer, don't be surprised if the Kings remain unfazed. Instead, they should target Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry from the get-go.
The 28-year-old Lowry "has transformed himself and transformed a franchise this season," Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski noted back in March. He's averaging career highs in points (17.7), assists (7.5) and minutes (36.4) per game and is posting a career-best PER of 20.0.
Unlike Thomas, he's also capable of holding his own on the defensive end. He's limiting opposing floor generals to a below-average PER of 14.7, according to 82games.com, and is averaging 1.5 takeaways per game.
IT"s scoring is not that important on a 27 win team. If you can find another PG, who is more defensive minded, I think it would benefit the Kings a lot more in the most important aspect of the team: Winning.
The Raptors are in the playoffs and Kyle Lowry is a big reason for that.
I know you're speaking with the glass half full. The eternal optimism of a Kings Fan.
There is No guarantee of either Thomas or Gay returning.
It's hard to speak of the future where the real uncertainty lies in this offseason.
1 year ago on Sunday Musings: Sacramento Kings limp to finish
@layituplikeaman Top 10 based on offensive numbers alone, yes.
He does not make the players around him better, he over dribbles, and has not shown he cannot lead an offense when Gay or Cuz are out of the lineup. As witnessed by the 7 game losing streak.
IT is a more complete player than Bobby Jackson, but that does not mean he's a Top 10 pg as a Complete Player. IT is not.
Take a look at the metrics for IT's defensive efficiency, when on the floor. He will be amongst the worse in the NBA.
I would also place Dragic, Bledsoe, Lillard, Parker, Wall, Westbrook, Conley, Lawson, and Lowry as far more complete players than IT at this point.
Add that to the list, every one of the PG's mentioned are winning, with the exception of the Wizards, which are still 8 games better than the Kings.
Couple that with a lot of those teams have faced major injuries and are still winning.
Phoenix, Spurs, Memphis, and Denver.
IT is a great scorer on a terrible team. W-L are the bottom line.
I don't make allowances for moral victories.
1 year, 1 month ago on Isaiah Thomas faces growing pains as Sacramento Kings starting point guard
@layituplikeaman Really? And what is Cuz?
Marcus Smart is going to be great. If he's there when we pick, there should be no hesitation.
@layituplikeaman Really? What team are you watching? We have the biggest headcase on the team. Cuz.
If Marcus Smart is there when we pick, you can't pass up talent like that.
Thomas does not make his teammates better when on the floor.(when measuring good or great point guards, that's the real measuring stick) He dribbles far too much,
Inconsistent defensively, and he will always have problems fighting through screens.(he's 5'9).
IT is a great scorer on one of the worst teams in the NBA. He's a decent starter, but I think he would be more effective as a 6th man.
If the Kings want to win more than 40-45 games next year, they will need to draft a PG or trade for one.
As a Kings fan, Cuz is more than deserving of an All Star nod. Unfortunately, until he can start to curb his constant whining to officials and technicals, he will not get in.
1 year, 1 month ago on Anthony Davis, not DeMarcus Cousins, named All-Star injury replacement
Not Sure there is a Big 3, beyond this season.
Comparing the Kings to the Heat offensively is where that comparison ends.
It comes down to Defense. The Kings are among the worst in the league.
The Heat are among the Best.
IT will never be above average defensively because of his size. He will always have difficulty fighting thru screens. Why? Everyone else is taller than him.
Gay and Cuz can improve defensively, but we'll see if their committed.
I am not sold on Gay coming back or opting out. Gay is looking for that last Big Contract, but he's also looking to play for a contender. If he doesn't see that in this Kings Team long term, he's gone.
So, Until Gay and IT are locked up long term, this article is a little premature.
1 year, 2 months ago on Sunday Musings: Is it time for the Sacramento Kings to stand pat?
Paul has all the right in the world to talk trash to the Kings and especially Thornton. Paul has the credentials and all-star appearences to back up the smack. Thornton is nothing and I mean nothing, but a scorer. Thornton offers little to nothing in the way of defense,team play and cannot play off the ball. In addition, Thornton has a very low BB IQ. Thornton will never been an All-Star.
Just the Facts.
2 years, 11 months ago on Marcus Thornton Sticks Up For Kings Through Chris Paul's Tough Talk
I know this article is about Blake, but for a second I thought this might have been about Reke. Because all he does is hit lay ups and if it's not on his rightside, he will probably miss. Reke is spotty on defense, can't hit a jumpshot to save his life. And Really, should be traded next year. Age and Youth are poor excuses right now. Yes, Blake is a poster boy and that won't change. Cuz will put up better numbers and make more of an impact over the long haul of their NBA careers.
2 years, 11 months ago on DeMarcus Cousins Calls Blake Griffin An "Actor" And "Baby", Says LA Is Good For Actors
it's not just shooting and percentages. It's Basketball Iq and smarts. Are you insane to compare even remotely to Paul Pierce? a 10 time all star. Reke will be lucky if he ever gets into one. It's called leadership, making the other players around you better, playing smart and playing with fire. Homey! it's more than just his lacking mid range game. Their are several reasons people want him traded. and no, he's not the second option on this team. That title is Marcus Thornton, Cuz is beastley.lately, you're going to pay a third option a max contract. What idiot team is going to pay him 15 mil a year. He's not an all-star.
3 years ago on Why Sacramento King Fans Shouldn't Worry About Tyreke Evans' Shooting Woes