The Kings leave for China this afternoon for a trip that is part training camp, part goodwill for the NBA.
I will not be in China for the trip, but after seeing two preseason games, there are some things the Kings clearly need to work on in their two preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Kings have 49 turnovers in two games. Some of that can be attributed to learning a new offense, but a lot of them have to do with players doing too much with the ball.
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DeMarcus Cousins has nine turnovers, most on the team, even tough he’s played limited minutes.
The Kings are shooting 71.1 percent from the foul line. That’s just not good enough. With Cousins likely to get the Kings in the penalty early during the season, the Kings need to be a better at the line.
Toronto averaged 102.5 points in two preseason games and made 38.1 percent from three-point range. In both games, defending the shooting guard spot was an issue.
DeMar DeRozan averaged 22 points against the Kings. It’s no coincidence that’s also the spot where the Kings are youngest with rookie Nik Stauskas and second-year guard Ben McLemore competing for the starting job. They aren’t the only reasons, but it’s clear communication on defense still needs work and there’s still not enough talking by the Kings.