Sacramento Kings

Kings’ rankings roundup: Small progress, but season about over

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) walks off the court after his team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Cousins may have made a bigger splash on social media after the game than during it.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) walks off the court after his team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Cousins may have made a bigger splash on social media after the game than during it. hamezcua@sacbee.com

For the second week in a row, the Kings go 2-2 and make move up in four of the five traditional national power rankings. NBC Sports wasn’t ready to move the Kings from the 23rd spot they occupied last week.

And Yahoo, which had the Kings on top of its Most Interesting rankings a week ago, turned its back on them this week. Don’t take offense, Kings fans. Unless your team is the Warriors, you probably don’t want to see your team appear on Yahoo’s list.

The Kings peaked at 21st in ESPN’s rankings and bottomed out at 24th on NBA.com.

Twenty-first, 23rd, 24th. Does it really matter? Or are the numbers simply a deckchair rearranging exercise until the NBA lottery?

The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 23rd, up from 25th.

The polls:

NBA.com: 24th, up from 25th. From the site: “… And since the Kings can’t go a week without drama, they’re now openly mocking their coach on twitter and TV.”

NBC Sports: 23rd, same as last week. From the site: “There’s still a lot of development to do with him, but Willie Cauley-Stein has had some solid offensive games lately, which is a good sign for the future.”

ESPN: 21st, up from 23rd. From the site: “Omri Casspi … (and) Willie Cauley-Stein … were among the fivesome of Kings reserves who reached double figures in Sunday night’s rout of Dallas. That’s a first for this franchise since the team was still playing out of Kansas City in March 1982.”

CBS Sports: 22nd, up from 26th. From the site: “You expect big changes once the season ends ... but that feels awfully (familiar), doesn’t it?”

SI.com: 22nd, up from 23rd. From the site: “One report this week indicated the Kings are trying to persuade George Karl to resign (no, not re-sign) mid-season so he won’t collect the rest of the money they owe him. Insert snake emojis here.”

Yahoo: Unranked, down (or up, depending on your interpretation) from 1st. Unlike the other power rankings, Yahoo dubs its ‘Most Interesting.’ A week ago, the Kings were barely mentioned, and, perhaps, thankfully, unranked. From the site: “Sixers fans have more reason to watch Buddy Hield in the Final Four next Saturday than they do anyone wearing the uniform right now.”

Compiled Jeff Caraska

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