Lowe details how awful Kings defense has been in '20-21


The Kings have had a first 16 games to forget this season, especially on defense.

Coach Luke Walton's team is allowing 121.9 points per game, the second-worst mark in the NBA. Sacramento also has the worst defensive rating in the league (119.7).

ESPN's Zach Lowe went into detail on the historically porous defense the Kings have produced over the first month of the NBA season, and the numbers speak for themselves.

"The gap in points allowed per possession between the Kings and the No. 29 team (Washington) is (prepare yourselves!) equal to the gap between Washington and the 13th-ranked defense," Lowe wrote Friday.

Lowe also mentioned that the Kings lead the NBA in switching off ball screens, which clearly isn't paying dividends for the defense.

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He does mention that nine of the 16 games the Kings have played this season have come against top-10 NBA offenses. But for a team looking to snap a 14-season playoff drought, this isn't the start anyone in Sacramento was hoping for.

However, Friday provided a glimmer of hope for this defense, as the Kings held a team, the New York Knicks, under 100 points for the first time this season in a 103-94 victory.

The Kings will have four more games on an East Coast swing before returning to Sacramento for a clash with the Boston Celtics on Feb. 3 from Golden 1 Center.

If the Kings can replicate their efforts from Friday's win while on the road, we could see Walton's squad start to climb the Western Conference standings.