The Sacramento Kings just can’t seem to find any luck. They’ve won only one game in March, losing a few games by double digits.
One of their worst losses of the month came against the Thunder — which is kind of expected at this point given their success this season. Dion Waiters scored 22 points that game, something that should not be happening in any way, shape or form.
He shoots below 40 percent in both related categories. He was 8-11 against the Kings. This goes to show how poorly the defensive efforts are from the Kings. Sub-par players have been able to tear up the box score against the Kings because of this lack of defense.
Likewise, the Kings have not been able to keep up a consistent offensive threat, so no team can really fear the Kings from an offensive standpoint. Injuries are a big reason the Kings have been unable to consistently perform to their maximum potential, but even the healthy players are having a tough time at making an impact when they need to.
Rondo still can’t shoot jump shots, and spacing the floor is one of the most important things for the Kings to do given their capacity at the PF/C positions. Darren Collison is the only guard providing any form of consistent shooting for the Kings, and he continues to come off the bench — or at least I think he does. Marco Bellinelli can shoot, but he’s not one of the players that Sacramento should be relying on to take big shots. Ben McLemore continues to be an unreliable source of offensive production, and Rudy Gay has his moments — though he is highly injury prone.
Just as it’s been for the entire season, DeMarcus Cousins seems to be the only reliable option the Kings have, and even he is having trouble with shooting at times. Cousins gets the most touches on the team and is often forced to take the most shots, which really hurts the overall efficiency of the team.
Despite his efforts, Sacramento just can’t seem to grab any wins. Cousins is having a career year, and his team is unable to follow in his footsteps. The Kings were unable to make any moves prior to the trade deadline, and that really took a toll on their chances for a playoff run.
Despite Quincy Acy having a few decent games for them, the Kings just don’t have any guys outside of a tight-knit rotation that can offer much offense or defense. Michael Beasley was one player I assumed they might consider signing off of waivers, but with the Rockets scooping him up, there aren’t many more options for the Kings.
All I can see George Karl doing now is experimenting with lineups to see how to improve the team for next season. That, or perhaps the organization might consider looking into waiving some players to scoop up last minute sleepers. I’d have to argue that the Kings’ season is over, and they should merely prepare for next year as best they can.