Jan. 23, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) is all smiles as he plays defense during the second quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Kings: Forget Winning Championships, Defense Wins Games

The Sacramento Kings have fallen from their mighty domain of the early 2000s. They hit a really weak slump over the last few seasons. However, it looks like they’re building towards a solid future. They have solid guard play from the rookie Isaiah Thomas and underrated shooting guard Marcus Thornton. Thomas brings speed an energy gives the Kings that added burst they. Thornton can get a bucket in just about any way he needs to, which makes him a potent offensive threat. Tyreke Evans is a solid combo guard that can play several positions, though struggling since his Jordan-esque Rookie of the Year award winning season in 2009-2010. However, I believe that he’ll find his own way and become a lethal option once he develops more of a jump shot. The kings true piece of gold is DeMarcus Cousins. He is a stud. His play since the Kings parted ways with former head coach Paul Westphal has been tremendous. The Kings have really to begun to build their offense back up. Great!

So why are they the second worst team in the Western Conference? They can’t play Defense. Defense wins games and in this case, the stat sheet doesn’t lie. According to ESPN.com, the Kings are 8th overall in points per game and 5th overall in rebounds per game, but they are the 30th overall team in allowing points per game. Additionally, the net point difference is just under 6 points per game. Good offense does not outweigh poor defense and attempting to outscore teams only works so well for so long. When will the Kings begin to crack down on defense? Only time will tell, but until then, expect the same results.



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