Is This The Season The Sacramento Kings Will Finally Qualify For The Playoffs?
The Sacramento Kings are proving to be one of the Most Improved Teams in the NBA. The 10-7 Kings previously were riding a 7-game win streak before falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, 115-106.
It is worth mentioning that it's the first time since 2004 they have won seventh straight games.
The Kings are flying high as their scoring power has made them the team with the number one offense in NBA, averaging 120 points per game. With 153 points against the Brooklyn Nets, they have the highest total in a game this season.
De'Aaron Fox of the Kings is making his case to be an NBA all-star for the first time this season. The 25-year-old was the fifth overall player in 2017. He is averaging 25.4 points per game (career high), shooting 55.8% from the field, and is top 20 in assists with 6.4 per game.
The Kings' Playoff Woes Could Come To An End This Season
Talking about their chances of playing in playoffs this season, it is worth mentioning that the kings currently hold the longest playoff drought in all four major sports in the US and the history of the NBA, as their fans have not seen their team in the playoffs in the last 16 seasons.
Although many great players, such as Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyrese Haliburton, and Tyreek Evans, have played for the Kings in these 16 years, no one was able to lead the Kings to the postseason.
After watching recent performances, hope has developed in the minds of their fans that maybe this is the season where the tides will change and a playoff birth will be on the horizon. The team led by De’Aaron Fox, and Domantas Sabonis seems to be the most talented one they have had in recent years and have given hope to their fans after a great run of performances they're producing.
Both Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk have proved to be reliable shooters to stretch the floor and have helped the Kings score points when needed. At the same time, Davion Mitchell has established himself as an excellent defensive talent. The backup forwards Chimezie Metu and Trey Lyles have also been outstanding off the bench for the Kings.
The Kings, 10-7, hold the 5th spot in the Western Conference. They have a difficult task ahead of them as they will head to Boston and take on the Celtics on Friday. Let's see if the Kings can get back on track and to their winnings ways.