Talking Points – Kings Vs Suns March 21 NBA Preview
The Sacramento Kings are in a particularly bad way right now. And the fact is they’re not tanking; they’re just really terrible at playing ball.
Currently 13th seeds in the Western Conference, it’s hard to imagine any sort of redemption to the roster being possible with what and who they have at their disposal at this point in the season.
The irony is that they’re playing bad basketball with a roster of true veterans. While they’ve got Buddy Hield, Richaun Homes, and even Harrison Barnes to speak of, these players have nothing but regressed this season.
They’ve also got Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox, but while they’ve all had their moments, neither have the sort of transcendence needed to transform the team into something great or even just relevant.
The Kings will be playing against the Western Conference table-toppers the Phoenix Suns at Golden 1 Center on March 21st, and needless to say, they’re in for the ride of their lives.
They’re Bad – And Can’t Help It
Sacramento’s real issue seems to be that of every rebuild over the last decade having been interrupted by a desire to take shortcuts.
In short: the Kings are stuck in limbo. While they’ve never been bad enough to completely bottom out and secure a top pick to build around, they’re also not even close to being good enough to make it into the Playoffs.
And they’ve been stuck in this cycle of mediocrity for the past 16 years.
But despite their disastrous record, it would be unfair not to acknowledge that the current group does have potential. It’s only that it isn’t showing all that clearly.
No Stopping The Suns
The Phoenix Suns are seemingly unstoppable right now.
As far as clutch situations go, this year is a world removed from what we saw last year. This season, they’ve got the best clutch offensive rating in the league, and 8.6 points better than the runners-up, the Clippers.
Also, they’ve got the best clutch defensive rating in the league. At 90.1, they’re making historic dominance history.
Much of this is thanks to a stellar pair of backcourt stars: Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Paul is currently shooting 56.4 per cent from the field and 40 per cent from three in the clutch, and Booker is adding to that by shooting 66.7 per cent from the field and 50 per cent from three in clutch situations.
Phoenix are well on their way to yet another shot at a championship title – which is a universe removed from what’s been happening in the land of the Kings.