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NBA power rankings roundup: Kings peak at No. 18

NBC Sports calls DeMarcus Cousins, right, the face of the Kings franchise. ESPN notes, that Omri Casspi, left, is among the league’s best three-point shooters. ... The Toronto Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo goes for the ball during an NBA game in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.
NBC Sports calls DeMarcus Cousins, right, the face of the Kings franchise. ESPN notes, that Omri Casspi, left, is among the league’s best three-point shooters. ... The Toronto Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo goes for the ball during an NBA game in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Canadian Press via The Associated Press

Mark Twain is credited with saying there are three kinds of lies: ‘Lies, damn lies, and statistics.’ It’s safe to say Twain wasn’t talking about NBA power rankings and their interpretation. But his words apply.

The Kings moved up a total of 17 spots in five of the six national polls cited here. But they also plummeted 20 spots (thank point guard Rajon Rondo and his subsequent suspension) in Yahoo’s Most Interesting Power Rankings. So when the dust of this math settles, it looks as if the Kings moved three squares back.

But the Kings did soar eight spots to the lofty No. 18 spot in CBS Sports. So make what you will of the following information.

The Kings fell from 23rd to 25th in the weekly rankings by The Bee’s Jason Jones.

The polls (through results of Sunday, Dec. 20):

NBA.com: 22nd, up from 24th. From the site: “ … six of them (starting rotation) scoring in double-figures in Sunday’s win in Toronto. Their defense has been decent too.”

NBC Sports: 21st, up from 23rd. From the site: “They are 10-9 when DeMarcus Cousins plays, he’s the face of the franchise and it’s most popular player as they move into a new building next season, so explain to me again why you think they want to trade him?”

ESPN: 23rd, up from 25th. From the site: “Rather amazingly, Omri Casspi has been mentioned only once in the previous (rankings). But you’ll have to indulge us this week after we clicked on the 3-point percentage leaders and found OC tied for fifth among qualified shooters … with a certain Steph Curry.”

CBS Sports: 18xx, up from 26xx. From the site: “Rattled off four wins out of five amid the Rajon Rondo controversy, and are suddenly just a game back of the eighth seed (while still five games under .500).”

SI.com: 20th, up from 23rd. From the site: “ … they’ve quietly won four of five, including perhaps their best showing of the year in a win over the Raptors that assuredly left sometimes-Kings-fan Drake in a conflicted, contemplative state.”

Yahoo: 30th, down from 10th. The site dubs its rankings ‘Most Interesting Power Rankings,’ so none of the usual rules apply. The Kings did migrate from Yahoo’s top-15 to its bottom five, and 30th is the uh, very bottom. From the site: “I do not know, in light of what we’ve learned (Rondo’s gay slurs toward referee Bill Kennedy), how one can watch this team and its point guard and enjoy the experience. I have to watch, it’s my job, but I’m waiting for someone to tell me how to not hate this.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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