Charting the Sacramento Kings’ decline since first reports of possible Seattle move

Updated at 10:14 am

Isaiah Thomas struggles to accept defeat to the Denver Nuggets. (Photo: Steven Chea)
On Jan. 9, Sacramento’s worst fears came to fruition. Following a tweet from the daughter of NBA super-agent David Falk, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Maloofs were finalizing an agreement to sell the Kings to an ownership group based out of Seattle.

Since then, an already struggling product on-the-court has sunk even further into decline. In their last 14 games, the Kings have posted a dismal 4-10 record. There have been a number of examples showcasing the team’s diminishing play, probably none better than Saturday’s debacle against the New York Knicks inside the world’s most famous arena.

At this point in the season, it doesn’t look like things are going to get better. Here’s a snippet of what Cowbell Kingdom’s James Ham wrote in this week’s Sunday Musings:

There will be no trades. There will be no guidance. No stability, nor improvement. No mandates from above on who should play or who should sit. At 17-32, this is the team and staff that will ride out this year and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it.

What’s worse? It’s every man for himself.

That’s the way it works in a lame duck season. And trust me, this is a lame duck season of epic proportions. Whether the future is in Sacramento or Seattle, no one survives this mess.

Players will never cop to it, but the relocation buzz is a distraction. On the record, Kings coaches and players have put on their brave faces and publicly attribute failure to internal rather than external issues. However, the play on the court seems to suggest otherwise.

So what’s gone south for their Kings following their first 35 games of the season? Practically everything, but below are some specifics charted out in interactive form.

Graphed out in the chart below are the point spreads of the Kings’ last 14 games. Notice that their wins over the last month have only come against sub .500 teams with no margin of victory bigger than six points. Their losses are another story.

Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

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About: Jonathan Santiago

Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.