The Sacramento Kings will restart the 2019-20 NBA regular season in 11th place in the Western Conference with an overall record of 28-36. The Kings are tied with the tenth place New Orleans Pelicans and the ninth place Portland Trail Blazers, but are 3 ½ games behind the eighth place Memphis Grizzlies with just eight games to play in the regular season. Sacramento was 14-17 at home and 14-19 on the road through its first 64 games of the regular season prior to the covid-19 outbreak.
De'Aaron Fox leads the Kings in scoring, assists and steals with averages of 20.4 points, 6.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game. The leading rebounder for Sacramento is Nemanja Bjelica with an average of 6.8 per game. Buddy Hield is the second leading scorer for Sacramento with an average of 19.8 points per game. The Kings have eight players averaging double figures in scoring.
Expectations were high in Sacramento to start the season after Buddy Hield signed an extension, De'Aaron Fox appeared poised to reach another level in playing with shooting and decision-making skills at point guard and Marvin Bagley III was expected to become more of an integral part of the offense if he could remain healthy. The Kings however lost five straight to begin the season and Bagley was injured and missed 51 of the first 64 games. Nevertheless, the Kings battled through adversity and although sit 11th have an opportunity to reach the postseason when play restarts.
The biggest disappointment for Sacramento through its first 64 games was the absence of Marvin Bagley III due to an injury. Bagley played just 13 of Sacramento's first 64 games of the regular season but is expected to be fully healed when the season restarts on July 31. The Kings also slowed down the pace of their play under new head coach Luke Walton and many NBA pundits have said that was a mistake on the part of the coaching staff as the Kings have several players that are better suited to play a more up-tempo style of play.
The Sacramento Kings have an outside shot at reaching the Western Conference playoffs when the season restarts on July 31. However, it will be an uphill battle for the Kings who have struggled all season long under new head coach Luke Walton and due to injuries. Sacramento returns to play with a record that is eight games below .500, will fail to reach the postseason and begin looking toward the 2020-21 regular season.