The Sacramento Kings have been the shock workforce within the Western Convention this season, sitting three video games above .500, because the yr begins to hit its stride and velocity towards the playoffs.
The Kings’ efficiency has been buoyed by the breakout years from De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, who’ve stayed wholesome for essentially the most a part of the season. Fox is averaging 23.8 factors, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per sport, and Sabonis is averaging 18,7 factors, 12.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists per sport.
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Within the first spherical of NBA All-Star Recreation fan voting, neither Fox nor Sabonis (or some other Kings participant) have been within the prime 10. Golden State Warriors heart Kevon Looney, who’s averaging 6.6 factors, 8.4 rebounds and a couple of.8 assists in 41 video games, was tenth on the frontcourt checklist with 245,985 votes.
Kings coach Mike Brown took difficulty with how the primary spherical of fan voting shook out.
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“Them followers do not know what they’re speaking about,” Brown mentioned Monday earlier than the workforce’s 136-111 victory over the Orlando Magic, through the Sacramento Bee.
It’s the first time shortly the Kings have been in playoff competition, not to mention being the leaders of the Pacific Division. Brown, in his first yr as head coach, has 21 wins on the season. Sacramento solely had 30 wins in 2021-22 and 31 wins within the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
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The Kings haven’t completed the season over .500 because the 2005-2006 season. It was additionally the final time they made the playoffs.