Power Rankings, Week of 1/2/2017

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by Spike, Jan 2, 2017.

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Do we, or do we not need Rudy Gay right now?

  1. Yea

    50.0%
  2. Nay

    40.9%
  3. Which one means yes?

    18.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Spike

    Spike Well-Known Member

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    Happy New Year?
    Looks like we need to shake things up a little...question is, how much is a little? On to the rankings!

    NBA.com
    #18 (-1)
    The Kings were streaking toward taking control of the 8 seed in the West, but allowed the Blazers and Grizzlies to shoot 48 percent from 3-point range in losses that dropped them back to five games under .500. Rudy Gay has missed eight of the last nine games with a hip injury and the Kings' latest starting lineup (with Ben McLemore and Matt Barnes on the wings) has been a disaster defensively, allowing 133 points per 100 possessions in its five games together. Now, the Kings have the toughest January schedule of the four teams in the mix for the 8 seed in the West, as their seven-game homestand (which starts Wednesday) includes games against the Clippers, Warriors, Cavs and Thunder, and is followed by an eight-game trip.

    ESPN
    #17 (NC)
    How will the Kings handle prosperity? It's a valid question yet again for the team sporting the league's second-longest playoff drought (10 seasons and counting). It was just last week in this cyberspace we were lauding Sacramento for taking the lead in the wide-open, uh, "race" for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Since then? The Kings barely squeaked by Philadelphia at home, wasted a fine opportunity to snag a road win in Portland against the Damian Lillard-less Blazers and suffered a 14-point home L to Memphis. A seven-game homestand awaits from Jan. 4-18 ... but they had better capitalize on it with an eight-game road trip to follow from Jan. 20-31.

    Sports Illustrated#22 (-4)
    Boogie taking Zach Randolph one-on-one for a good 10 seconds after the whistle and then missing a fadeaway jumper perfectly captures the Kings’ considerable franchise ennui in one clip.

    CBS Sports
    #19 (+5)
    The DeMarcus Cousins drama ramps up, they win four straight. They turn the corner and get positive "They're in 8th!" vibes, they lose two straight. The schedule gets brutal later this month. They have zero room for error, and this is a team with a lot of error to make room for.

    NBC Sports
    #21 (-3)
    Rudy Gay has missed 8-of-9 due to injury, and it showed last week in losses to Portland and Memphis — the kinds of wins the Kings need if they are going to be a playoff team. The starting lineup with Ben McLemore and Matt Barnes has struggled, particularly on defense. After playing a big game in Denver Tuesday, the Kings have seven games in a row at home and need to rack up wins to solidify a playoff standing.

    Mean Ranking: 19.4
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  2. VF21

    VF21 #InVladeWeTrust Staff Member Contributor

    I couldn't vote in the poll. Your question wasn't specific enough, to wit: Need him for what?
  3. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor

    We just flat need him.

    There's this cultish thing that we are better off without...no. Without = Ben McLemore. Without = depending on Matt Barnes or Omri to figure it out every night. We need him, and in fact have dropped several games we would have own with him. Boogie is already carrying one of the heaviest usage loads in NBA history. There is no further well to go to there. We need the alternative weapon. Badly. And if not Rudy, then we need to trade him for one.
  4. VF21

    VF21 #InVladeWeTrust Staff Member Contributor

    You're probably right. I vacillate back and forth on Rudy's value to this team. The one player I do not have any second thoughts about is Ben. He needs to be shipped out, left in Denver, waived, traded for future concession snacks, or something...
  5. Mr. S£im Citrus

    Mr. S£im Citrus That's right, I said it! Staff Member Contributor

    What we need is a proven scorer to replace Gay in the lineup. The problem is that we don't have a proven scorer to replace him with. Teams generally can't win with more than one ball-dominant player, unless both/all of those players are Top 10-Top 15 quality players. But, teams also don't generally win when they take nineteen points out of the lineup.

    Ideally, a catch-and-shoot wing, who you could pencil in for sixteen a night would be much more valuable to the Kings than an iso-ball wing that you can pencil in for nineteen a night. Of course, the $64K is, how do we turn Rudy Gay into one of those?
  6. chief bromden

    chief bromden Active Member

    I enjoyed the Sports Illustrated one. Still miss the beer of the week Spike, but I am still getting more than I pay for.
  7. Suicide King

    Suicide King Active Member

    I am clinging to a pipe dream that Malachi's increased minutes ( yet to be seen of course ) starts to resolve this issue. We need reliable point production from every position but center. Someone at ANY of those positions needs to step up. It is almost maddening to have a center as good as DMC and yet be so mediocre at every other position. :mad:
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