A 2-2 week for the Kings was enough for them to halt last week’s free fall. They rose in four of the five conventional rankings sampled here. They dropped in those five a week ago.
But caveats accompany this apparent good news. The Kings peaked at 23rd in three polls and are no higher than 25th in two others.
And then there are Yahoo’s ‘Most Interesting’ rankings, which accorded the Kings their top spot for reasons that are, well, less than flattering.
The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 25th, down from 24th.
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NBA.com: 25th, up from 26th. From the site: “…they allowed the Pelicans and Pistons to score 119 points per 100 possessions to remind us that they have a real shot at finishing in the bottom five in defensive efficiency for the sixth time in nine seasons.”
NBC Sports: 23rd, up from 26th. From the site: “…This is going to be one of the more interesting teams to watch this summer, but if you’re expecting (DeMarcus) Cousins to be traded you’ll be disappointed.”
ESPN: 23rd, up from 25th. From the site: “How long has it been since the drama-drenched Kings tasted the postseason? … On (March 21) in 2006 … Ron Artest (as he was known then) also happened to score 34 points to lead the playoff-bound Kings to a win over Seattle.”
CBS Sports: 26th, down from 24th. From the site: “Sacramento hasn’t beaten anyone other than the Knicks or Lakers in weeks. This Kings’ season can’t end soon enough.”
SI.com: 23rd, up from 26th. From the site: “Is Cousins getting in his own way? Are the Kings the ones getting in his way? Can any defenders get in his way?”
Yahoo: 1st, up from 11th. Easy, Kings fans. Yes, being ranked No. 1 in Yahoo’s ‘Most Interesting’ rankings can be a good thing. The Warriors have been No. 1 this season for the reasons you’d expect. But Yahoo says this week’s rankings are based on teams “laughing all the way toward the end of the regular season. Or, at least, making us laugh.” Without further ado, more from the site: “…the Kings beat the Knicks on Sunday night; and every Kings win hurts the team’s chances at keeping its lottery pick this year! If the Kings do keep their pick and somehow vault ahead of Philadelphia in the lottery, the 76ers get to swap places in the draft with Sacramento!”
Compiled Jeff Caraska