I could give you a litany of other stats that show how terrible this team is, but instead I’ll defer to Carl Landry, who summarizes the trainwreck perfectly in a column by Ailene Voisin:
“The basketball IQ on this team is not very good,” Landry said, “and that (knowledge) takes time. If you look at J.T. (Jason Thompson), he’s had three or four coaches in his four years, coaches that probably weren’t that good. Everybody in this league can play. But it’s about spacing, having the right guys on the floor, running the right play. Move the ball. Set back screens, down screens, and play together. Our shooting percentage is so low because everything is one-on-one.”
Poor spacing, bad decision making and a reliance on individual talent in isolation sets. That, in a nutshell, is what makes the Kings’ offense so nose-pluggingly awful.
If Landry can see what’s wrong, why can’t Paul Westphal? And if Westphal can see it, why isn’t he fixing it? As mismatched as Sacramento’s roster is, there’s talent there. The pieces are in place to build a decent team, one that doesn’t play like a bunch of strangers.
I want to watch that team, not the one Landry describes above.