The thing is the Kings have been "tanking". Kosta/Afflalo/DC/Ty/Reke/Tolliver/Temple have all sat out multiple games as our team suits up the bare minimum of players they can legally play. The main problem has been that (a) our "sucky" young guys have been getting better to the point that games have started to become regularly competitive, (b) our old dudes are all of the smart, high-effort future NBA coach variety meaning that they would never just decide to give in to the tank, and (c) Joerger was really serious about building a winning culture thing and is too good a coach to tank. Vlade gave Joerger 3 super raw rookies and then later a fourth "streaky shooter" one and Joerger did what you'd want any coach to do and developed them into good NBA talents. The problem with this Kings roster as its currently constructed is that our vets are too good and our rookies and young guys developed too fast for us to tank easily. Meanwhile, the Suns have done a horrible job of drafting/developing talent to the point that most of their roster is made up of underachieving draft picks, random DL filler, and three good players who they've decided to sit so they can have a better chance to whiff on someone in the draft. Bledsoe and Booker have both spent large chunks of time over the past couple of seasons being shut down as part of a tank and it's yet to be seen if they've had enough time to develop chemistry as a result. Also Tyson Chandler has spent most of the past couple of seasons on paid vacation as the Suns keep trying to tank their way back to relevancy. Over in Dallas, the Mavs didn't really even have enough talent to stay relevant in the first place, enabling them to tank by shutting down their two or three "good players". I mean the three best players on that roster in the first place are Harrison Barnes, Seth Curry, and one-legged Wes Matthews with the rest of the roster being occupied by the ghost of Dirk Nowitzki, Nerlens Noel, JJ Barea, Yogi Ferrell, and a bunch of D-Leaguers. The Mavs have no young talent to "develop" like the Kings have, enabling them to just aimless play Jarrod Uthoff 20 minutes a game with no regrets. The Lakers and T-Wolves on the other hand have been playing the develop the young dudes card to varying results. The T-Wolves have by far the most talent of any western conference team not in the playoffs this season but have played awful this season (and not on purpose), so I'd debate calling this a tank. The Lakers have found their young guys starting to get their act together at just the wrong time and their collection of bad vets are either randomly playing good again (Metta World Peace had 18 points and 4 steals tonight) or being rested as part of a tank (even if I think just giving Nick Young, Zombie Deng, and Mozgov free reign would be the best way for that team to lose games).