Since the NBA All-Star break concluded, the Sacramento Kings have been one of the hottest teams throughout the league as their postseason push continues.
The Sacramento Kings have come out firing since the NBA All-Star break came to an end on February 20th, going 6-2.
With their recent efforts, the Kings now sit in the 10th spot in the Western Conference, just a few games back of the coveted 8th and final playoff spot.
For a team that was buried deep in the 14th spot in the standings not too long ago, Sacramento has done a superb job turning things around to jump back into contention.
As for their playoff hopes, the race for that final slot is jam-packed right now, as any team 8-13 in the standings could take it by the time this season comes to a close. However, Sacramento’s recent run is making it look like they have a genuine chance to end their long postseason drought.
Throughout this stretch since the All-Star break, the Sacramento Kings have an impressive six different players averaging double-digit scoring, which has clearly been an enormous factor in their success.
Point guard De’Aaron Fox has served as the leader for this rejuvenated Kings team throughout this run, putting up some fantastic numbers nightly. The 22-year-old has been showing incredible progression with his overall game during this run, a welcoming sign for everyone.
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Fox did not play in the team’s recent 112-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder but has played in every other game Sacramento has won in this run. Throughout those seven games, Fox has been stellar offensively, averaging 24.1 points per game and leading the Kings to six victories.
Off the bench, newcomer Kent Bazemore has been solidifying his veteran presence, averaging 12.5 points per game. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Harry Giles III has taken the next step in his game as well, scoring 12.5 points a night off the bench and providing a significant defensive presence down low.
The Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic lineup swap has been working as well, as Hield is averaging 16.6 points per game and Bogdanovic 13.8 even. Hield’s numbers may be down, but bringing him off the bench has given this team a lethal scoring threat.
Starting forward Harrison Barnes has come on as of late as well, showcasing he can be a lethal threat offensively with 16.1 points per game.
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Barnes famously said that he will not shave until the Kings are .500 or finish the season, and he’s playing like he would like to keep his promise with the first choice.
The Kings are going to need to continue this momentum they have built up while also hoping some other teams such as the New Orleans Pelicans or the Portland Trail Blazers lose games. With 20 more games to go in the regular season, Sacramento has a lot riding on this final stretch of the season.
The Memphis Grizzlies currently possess the 8th spot, a team that Sacramento has defeated twice since coming out of the All-Star break.
Memphis now has the second hardest remaining strength of schedule in the entire league, allowing the Kings to make a run at that final spot if they can continue winning.
If the team can continue this all-around success that they have found coming out of the All-Star break, watch out for the Sacramento Kings.