A third consecutive week that saw the Kings win twice and lose twice produced something of a mixed bag – national power rankings wise.
The Kings fell in three polls (as well as The Bee’s) and made a three-spot climb in NBA.com’s rankings.
Could it be, through 77 games, the rest of the country now knows the Kings are capable of taking a few steps forward and backward in equal measure? Column A: A 5-4 record their past nine games. Column B: DeMarcus Cousins being whistled for technical foul, his 16th of the season, with 6.7 seconds left in a victory over Washington.
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What really matters is the national media didn’t seem overly impressed the Kings won their 31st game of the season, the most since the 2007-08 season when they won 38 games.
The Bee's Jason Jones ranked the Kings 24th, down from 23rd.
NBA.com: 21st, up from 24th. From the site: “The Kings have won four of their last six games, scoring 112 points per 100 possessions in a stretch that has brought them closer to losing their first round pick (which is top-10 protected) … .”
NBC Sports: 22nd, up from 23rd. From the site: “The Kings cracked 30 wins for the first time in five years this season, so maybe that’s a small step forward.”
ESPN: 22nd, down from 21st. From the site: “Cracking 30 wins for the first time in Cousins' five-year career is the most modest of milestones, but the Kings did finally get there last week before they were eliminated from the playoffs for the 10th straight season.”
CBS Sports: 23rd, down from 22nd. From the site: “Kings fans were apoplectic when the reviled "national media" doubted them this summer. Sometimes narratives are actually built on reality.”
SI.com: 25th, down from 22nd. From the site: “… Cousins is sitting out away games the rest of the way, so if you live in Phoenix or Houston and are trying to go see the Kings before the season ends, think hard first. Or don’t.”
Yahoo: Unranked, same as last week. Unlike the other power rankings, Yahoo dubs its ‘Most Interesting.’ Consider no ranking a blessing. From the site: “…when the Wizards visited Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Suns' equipment manager hung a Phoenix jersey in the locker of very-famously-not-a-Sun-anymore power forward Markieff Morris. Pretty good goof! Con: Morris went on to have arguably his best game as a Wizard in a Washington win. Pro: nobody died.”
Compiled Jeff Caraska