Turmoil is brewing in Sacramento, which is something you could say about the Kings during almost every NBA season. Rumors about head coach George Karl getting fired get louder with each passing day. The Kings record sits at 21-30, a reflection of the porous defense they play night in and night out. The Kings give up 108.9 points per game, last in the NBA, and possessions like the one below give you a clear understanding of how that happens.
Here we see Kings point guard Rajon Rondo drifting to the middle of the court in a recent game against his former team, the Boston Celtics. He’s not guarding anyone, but that doesn’t stop him from playing conductor, pointing out defensive assignments to his teammates. While he hangs out in no-man’s land, Celtics forward Jared Sullinger sneaks in behind him and catches a pass beneath the basket for an easy lay-up.
This is just one glaring example of what make the Kings so bad defensively, but scan through the game tape and you’re sure to find plenty more.