The start of this season for the Kings is not just awful, it’s disappointing. After having a quiet, productive offseason, and keeping the same young core of players, it looked like the sky was the limit this season. There hasn’t been any sign of that thus far.
With an absolutely embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Suns to start off the season, it was easy to write it off as a fluke. Two games later, it’s hard not to worry a little as the Kings have now began their season 0-3.
On back to back nights, Sacramento had the opportunity to defend their home court, first against the Trailblazers who acquired Hassan Whiteside in the summer. Although it was a hard-fought game against a good team, ultimately, there just wasn’t enough there to pull out the win.
On to the matchup with the Jazz, where another horrendous loss has lead to panic on the streets of California’s capital as the Kings were stamped with a 32 point defeat. The highest scorer on the Kings: Dewayne Dedmon, with a measly 11 points.
Luke Walton and company have started the season with 3 double digit losses. Their defense has been awful and their offense isn’t too much better, lacking anyone who has displayed true go-to ability.
Sacramento has not held their opponents field goal percentage to under 50% and they are managing only 17 assists a game.
The bleeding has got to be stopped.
There is no immediate savior here either. Marvin Bagley is going to be sidelined the first month and a half while his main back up, Harry Giles, is day-to-day with knee trouble.
Tonight, the Kings are back at home playing another good team in the Denver Nuggets. It will be no easy task getting their first win but boy, do they need it. Sacramento has not started off 0-4 since 2008, when they finished the season with just 17 wins.
Walton needs to figure out the solution to their woes and the players need to step up on both sides of the ball. There’s still a long season ahead, but that cannot be the cop-out phrase used night after night.