This was supposed to be the year for the Sacramento Kings. No, not the year where the Kings won the NBA championship, or even the year when the Kings returned to the playoffs. It was supposed to be the year the Kings returned to respectability. The year they became more than an NBA afterthought.
Instead, they have just been the same old Kings. They show promise for three quarters and get trounced at the end. Or, as we've seen recently, they play well in the first half and lose it in the third quarter.
They're also falling into the same pitfalls as before: they're not rebounding the ball with any consistency; they play too much one-on-one basketball on offense; they're not hitting open shots; they're committing too many fouls. You name it, and it's probably an ailment of this team.
And all of this despite the best roster the team has boasted in years. Sure, it's not a championship-caliber roster, but there's an actual bench and some players that would have prominent roles on a contending team.
So, even with an improved roster, why are the Kings still performing so poorly? Well, here are five reasons why the team can't seem to win despite winning talent.
(Note: All stats reflect games played through Nov. 19.)