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November 19, 2012
The Morning After: The numbers behind a bad start

Ten games into the 2012-13 season, the Kings are tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and the worst record in the Western Conference.

The Kings are off to their worst start since the 1990-91 season.

A big reason for this is defense.

The Kings' defensive numbers looked good through three games, but it was too early to make any conclusions as to if the defense was truly improved.

Now we see of their first three opponents, only Chicago (44.4 percent) is not in the bottom third in shooting.

And overall the Kings have slipped back into the defensive trends that have kept them at the bottom of the standings.

Opponents are shooting 44.8 percent, 10th highest in the league.

The Kings are allowing 100 points per game, seventh most in the league.

And the Kings aren't playing well enough on offense to win high-scoring games. Sacramento remains inefficient on offense, but hasn't played in transition enough to generate the scoring chances to cover up for the scoring problems.

The Kings are 26th in scoring (91.2 points per game), 27th in shooting (41.8 percent), 28th in three-point shooting (29.8 percent) and are last in assists (17.3 per game).

The Kings' -8.80 scoring differential is also last in the NBA.

There are 72 games left in the season with essentially the same players that had similar struggles last season. But the Kings need to show improvement soon or risk the feeling of "Same old stuff" permeating the locker room.

And all that will get the Kings is another high draft pick.



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