Ten games into the season and the early offensive rating does not look good for Sacramento. Currently the team has an offensive rating of 97.9, ranking the team 26th out of 30. Right now the rating is on track to becoming the franchise’s worst, since the 1975-76 NBA Season, when the team was in Kansas City.
The offensive rating (ORtg) is a measure of the number of points scored per 100 possessions for a team.
This is an early rating, which obviously does not tell the whole tale. To be fair, there are factors which could account for this low rating. Most notably, this is a small sample size, only ten games, about twelve percent of the season, which does not compare on equal footing with a full season rating. Additionally, the team’s top 2011-12 scorer, DeMarcus Cousins, sat out two games because of suspensions. There is no question Cousins’ 2-game absence factored into the 10-game rating numbers.
These early numbers don’t look encouraging, especially for a coach who has prided himself on offense. Smart was named head coach of the Sacramento Kings January 5, 2012, following the firing of Paul Westphal. Prior to coming to the Kings, Smart was named head coach of the Golden State Warriors, September 27, 2010, but was not retained by the Warriers for the 2011-12 NBA season.
While, it is certainly too early to make any doomsday prediction for the 2012-13 NBA season based on 10 games, if these numbers continue, then they could be the first sign the team is headed on a collision course, unless something changes soon.