Things May Still Get Worse for the Sacramento Kings

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2009

According to the Power Rankings on a certain popular news station, the Kings are now the worst team in the league. Having watched all of their games so far this year, this seems hard to believe.

On paper, the Grizzlies, Wizards, and Thunder are worse. On the other hand, the Grizzlies and Wizards have beaten the Kings handily this season, so you have to consider these head-to-head matchups.

I am a Kings fan, but I also pride myself on objectivity, so here it goes. I’m honestly not sure if the Kings are the worst team in the league. There is one scary fact I can say for certain though: things could still get much worse.

For one, the team could experience more injuries. The injury to Kevin Martin early in the season was a killer, no doubt. But imagine if he, or another player or two went down. The Kings could quickly go from a current point where they are at least competing most nights to a team with no chance most nights.

A bigger issue is the status of Brad Miller. He is putting up decent numbers and, according to many reports, is in high demand on the trade market. Moving Miller might open up more minutes for Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson. Moving Miller might also bring back more pieces for the future, but it would hurt a lot in the win/loss column as well.

I’d like to think that the second half of the season will bring more excitement and hopefully more wins. But the truth is that I’m growing concerned that things are still going to get much worse before they start to improve.

This is the state of the Sacramento Kings.