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Kings’ rankings roundup: Trending down

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) has reason to be happy. He has as many games of 35 points and 20 rebounds (four) in the past five seasons as the rest of the NBA combined. ... Cousins chats with Denver Nuggets assistants coaches before their NBA basketball game on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) has reason to be happy. He has as many games of 35 points and 20 rebounds (four) in the past five seasons as the rest of the NBA combined. ... Cousins chats with Denver Nuggets assistants coaches before their NBA basketball game on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings dropped in four of six national power rankings sampled here. But don’t despair, they didn’t drop more than three spots in any of them, and gained a spot in the power rankings by NBA.com and NBC Sports.

Don’t let the relatively calm waters of this week’s polls fool you. The Kings aren’t exactly darlings of the national media, as the excerpts below attest, and the team attracted a fair amount of negative attention.

Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.

Still, the Kings have had worse weeks, power-rankings wise, but they’ve also got upcoming games against San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 21st, up from 23rd.

The polls:

NBA.com: 21st, up from 22nd. From the site: “It’s not a good sign when it’s considered a positive that you didn’t make any changes to a 22-31 team at the trade deadline.”

NBC Sports: 24th, up from 25th. From the site: “The good news for Kings fans is that Vlade Divac (or whoever) talked Vivek Ranadive out of making a future-killing trade in an effort to make the playoffs this season.”

ESPN: 19th, down from 18th. From the site: “Anthony Davis can’t hog all the headlines. Not when DeMarcus Cousins just recorded his fourth game in the past five seasons with at least 35 points and 20 boards when the rest of the league has combined for four such games in the same span.”

CBS Sports: 25th, up from 28th. From the site: “Every time it seems like they’re going to implode, they rattle off a winning streak. Since the ‘the Kings are going to fire Karl in the next 48 hours,’ Sacramento has won two straight to pull back from the precipice. Stay tuned for the next episode of this soap opera.”

SI.com: 24th, up from 26th. From the site: “… it’s been an entire month since the Kings held an opponent under 100 points. With the Spurs, Clippers and Thunder on deck this week, it could be a while before the clean-up crew arrives.”

Yahoo: 14th, down from 11th. Yahoo’s rankings are called ‘Most Interesting’ and ranks teams according to those most worthy of your attention. This week’s offering was the ‘post-trade deadline edition,’ and the Rockets earned the top spot. From the site: “The Kings decided to let assistant coach Vance Walberg – the team’s offensive coordinator – go in the face of the group’s 12th-ranked offense. Apparently it was Walberg’s fault that the team’s backcourt can’t shoot to save its life, and he was standing in the way of a top-five outfit.”

Compiled Jeff Caraska

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