46 games into the NBA season, the Sacramento Kings sit at 27-19, which is the third-best record in the western conference. Just last year the Kings went 30-52, which meant they finished 12th in the western conference standings. One massive reason for the turnaround? Big man Domantas Sabonis.
Although he was acquired during the season last year, Sabonis only played in 15 games for the Kings and had little practice time or get to know each other time with his Kings teammates. This season, the first chance he has had to truly assert himself into the foundation of the franchise, Sabonis has been out of this world good.
The result has been not only stellar on-court performances but also an entirely new outlook for the Sacramento Kings franchise. Sabonis has been the team’s most consistent player night in and night out and more often than not he has been the team’s best player period.
Somehow, though, Sabonis isn’t getting love from NBA fans across the world. In the earliest fan returns for NBA all-star game starters, the Kings failed to have any players make the top ten vote-getters.
The third round of votes was just put out by the NBA and while it shows positive developments it’s still quite clear this Kings roster is being disrespected. Sure, Sabonis and the uber-clutch De’Aaron Fox made the top ten at their respective positions, but both came in at the tenth spot.
There are arguments to be made for Sabonis deserving to make the team ahead of almost all nine players that are in front of him. Instead of stretching it or forcing an illogical opinion, we’re focusing on the five players that Sabonis is unquestionably more deserving than.