The amount of head coaches being fired in the NBA this season is ridiculous. The Wizards fired Eddie Jordan, the 76ers fired Mo Cheeks, the Raptors fired Sam Mitchell, and now the Sacramento Kings have fired coach Reggie Theus.
Although the Kings are lousy this season, I don’t see how they were supposed to accomplish much with their current roster. Really, it comes down to Kings management simply not feeling that Theus is good or experienced enough to help the team grow any more than they have already.
The best player on the team is shooting guard Kevin Martin, but injuries have limited him to just nine games this season. He’s a scorer, and on 42.6% shooting is averaging 20.8 points per game, but just 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a decent 1.22 steals.
John Salmons has been second on the team in scoring with 19.4 ppg on impressive 49.1% shooting. He also contributes 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.22 steals per game.
Point guard Beno Udrih is shooting an excellent 48.0% for 12.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.29 steals.
Rookie big-man Spencer Hawes, center Brad Miller, guard Francisco Garcia and rookie forward Jason Thompson are also all having decent seasons.
The Kings as a team? Not so great, but that was expected given the limited roster.
They’re average at scoring, but awful at defense, giving up 106.08 points per game, third most (worst) in the league. Their opponents are also nailing a very high 47.9% of their shots, also third worst in the league.
The Kings are the league’s worst three-point shooting team, connecting on just 29.3% of their attempts. And they’re the league’s worst team at defending three-pointers; opponents are nailing 43.1% of their threes when facing Sacramento.
The team also needs to rebound better.
But the firing of Theus isn’t about exact statistics, it’s about development, making the young players better and giving them big minutes, and getting along with upper management, and team brass no longer thinks the future is bright with Theus guiding the way.
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