There has been so much talk about the Kings’ offense, you might think the Kings were completely incompetent on offense last season.
Yes, the three-point shooting was bad and the the Kings were last in assists. The Kings averaged 100.5 points, 17th in the league.
But the Kings allowed 103.4 points per game, 24th in the NBA. Sacramento was 20th in the league in opponent’s field goal percentage at 46.1 percent.
The Kings made a lot of changes in the offseason. Six players return from the team that finished last season.
So how do the Kings fix the defense?
Kings coach Michael Malone believes a better offense will help because the Kings will be able to set their defense more effectively.
Malone also likes the additions to the roster in free agency.
“Darren Collison is a proven on-ball defender,” Malone said. “He’s a guy that can pick up fullcourt and make teams work to get the ball over halfcourt. He’s got great quickness. Ryan Hollins has a tremendous motor and length.”
Collison is expected to start at point guard. Hollins will be a reserve, one that it sounds as if will play a bigger role than he did last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Hollins averaged 7.9 minutes last season, but the Kings have been desperate for an athletic big man and believe Hollins adds a dimension the team needs.
The Kings want to see how Hollins plays with DeMarcus Cousins, a move that would allow Cousins to play power forward.
The Kings are also high on the defensive ability of undrafted rookie Eric Moreland, but are wary of putting too much pressure on him to make an immediate impact.
In Hollins, Moreland and holdover Reggie Evans, the Kings now have three big men whose primary role will be to defend.
Malone noted the need for the Kings’ big men be vocal on defense. If you ever sat courtside at a Kings game you might have noticed how little the Kings talked on the court compared to good defensive teams.
“It’s so important for our big guys to be communicators and traffic cops on the floor so they can tell everybody where they have to be,” Malone said.