With player put on Summer workouts, a full training camp in Colorado (outside of Sacramento to promote “team bonding”) and a team philosophy built upon a brotherhood, the last thing you’d expect to be missing from the Kings is chemistry. But alas, through the seasons first three tilts – it’s nowhere to be found.
It’s not as if these guys haven’t played with each other before. Outside of the additions of Aaron Brooks, James Johnson and Thomas Robinson, the roster is nearly identical as last years – though, in fairness it’s not as if last years squad was going to be confused with the ball movement Kings of yesteryear.
Through their first three games, the Sacramento Kings are averaging 16.7 assists – good for second to last in the league, only ahead of the Phoenix Suns (who’ve played one less game than the Kings). Just for perspective, there are four (nearly five) players averaging 10+ assists a game in the league right now, yet, the Kings can only muster a few more than them – as a team.
Sure, the sample sizes are small, but the Kings have to kick it into gear and do so quickly to avoid another embarrassing season.
With 10 of their next 12 at home (and 12 of 14 overall), the slumping Kings are in a must-win situation, silly as that sounds. Continuing their woes will only dig their hole deeper as they enter December, January and February where they’ll run into stretches of 6 of 8 on the road, 9 of 12 on the road, 7 of 8 on the road – not exactly the recipe to promote winning ways for any team, let alone a young team who struggles to win on the road.
So, not to put an overemphasis on your upcoming games or anything, guys, but you might want to turn it around quickly – because if you don’t, you might not get to turn it around much at all.