The Sacramento Kings have been one of the most surprising and exciting teams this season. The preseason projection landed them in the play-in bracket at best. However, under new coach Mike Brown, their 12th head coach (interims included) since their last playoff appearance in 2006, the Kings dominated on their way to a postseason trip.
Brown led the team as the league’s No. 1 offense. The Kings have an offensive rating of 118.8. Nobody expected them to win their division, featuring other contenders like the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers and LA Lakers.
However, Brown’s leadership and system gelled well with the talent Kings have on their roster. De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis have been the key architects of this resurgence. The former even made his debut All-Star appearance, averaging 25.2 points and 6.2 assists, shooting 51.2%. He also leads the league in clutch scoring, tallying 185 points in crunch situations.
Meanwhile, Sabonis made his third All-Star appearance this year and received MVP recognition for his performances. He has averaged 19.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game, shooting 61.1%.