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Nov 23, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes up for a shot during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

11th: Sacramento Kings (16 points)

By Jose Salviati

Record: 5-10

Record last week: 2-2

What team do you think of first when I ask this question? Why doesn’t this team have a better record? Considering that this is, I assume most of you might answer the Clippers, and who am I to argue. However, I present the Sacramento Kings for your consideration. This team has a legitimate MVP candidate in DeMarcus Cousins who is averaging 27.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Rajon Rondo is playing a solid point guard and Rudy Gay makes a great addition to the best big three the Kings have had since Mike Bibby, Chris Webber, and Peja Stojakovic. It gets better for the Kings. Each of their starters is averaging double figures and they have a legitimate contender for Sixth Man of the Year in Darren Collison. Oh, and let’s throw in a future Hall of Fame coach in George Karl and this team is amazing… on paper.

In reality the team is mired in “middle mud”. There’s nothing worse in the NBA than not being good enough to contend in the playoffs while not being bad enough to earn a high draft pick. I call that “middle mud” and the Kings have laid claim to it thus far. A nice victory against the Toronto Raptors and another against the Orlando Magic helped, but losses to the Hawks and Heat rounded out their week.

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