Okay, I try to avoid being a homer for the most part and I think I succeed pretty well, most of the time. But, 30th? Really? I understand we had the worst record (by far) in the NBA last season, and I also understand we are not a very good team right now. But, are teams like the Grizzlies REALLY better than us?
Are analysts forgetting that we lost Kevin Martin for about 30 games and many of the games he did play in, he was hobbled with his multiple ankle injuries. And while the record might not have shown it, the Kings played a much more intense and spirited effort of basketball after John Salmons and Brad Miller were moved to the Chicago Bulls prior to the deadline. And oh yea – we drafted that Tyreke Evans guy. And did I forget about the progression of Hawes and Thompson, both who played well after the Bulls/Kings swap as well.
Listen, I’m not trying to proclaim the Kings as a playoff team or anything near that sort. And I fully understand the horrific, record breaking season they went through last year, but I also can see reasons as to why they shouldn’t be 30th either…nor do I think they will be a few weeks into the season when the second and third power rankings come out. I just think most analysts aren’t thinking with their dipsticks.
You can see the entire rankings, here.