There's actually light at the end of the tunnel for the Sacramento Kings.
Those who have followed the team for years felt things were heading in the right direction. Between a committed ownership, a new coaching staff, a reinvigorated fanbase and talented individual players, the ingredients for success were there.
Lately, the Kings have been turning those ingredients into improved results. While the team's 15-26 record is nothing to write home about, the .366 winning percentage is better than anything it has posted since 2007-08. It's even more encouraging when you consider Sacramento is 9-12 since trading for Rudy Gay.
Beyond team success, individual players are also making strides. DeMarcus Cousins is establishing himself as one of the league's elite centers. Point guard Isaiah Thomas went from borderline starter to potential star. Small forward Rudy Gay has been much more efficient since coming to Sacramento. They provide a nucleus worth building around.
The Kings still aren't where they want to be. But the big picture is now coming into focus, largely due to these seven things we learned about Sacramento during the first half of the season.
Unless indicated otherwise, stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.