According to someone a lot smarter than I am, the Sacramento Kings are projected to have the fifth hardest schedule this coming season. Via British Petroleum Basketball Prospectus:

No  Team       OppW  OppL  Opp%  Conf  sW
01  Grizzlies  3502  3222  .521  W   42.7
02  Clippers   3492  3232  .519  W   42.6
03  T-wolves   3444  3280  .512  W   42.0
04  Warriors   3442  3282  .512  W   42.0
05  Kings      3441  3283  .512  W   42.0
06  Thunder    3440  3284  .512  W   42.0
07  Suns       3430  3294  .510  W   41.8
08  Nuggets    3419  3305  .508  W   41.7
09  Wizards    3418  3306  .508  E   41.7
10  Hornets    3410  3314  .507  W   41.6
11  Knicks     3401  3323  .506  E   41.5
12  Bucks      3395  3329  .505  E   41.4
13  Rockets    3393  3331  .505  W   41.4
14  Mavericks  3377  3347  .502  W   41.2
15  Hawks      3368  3356  .501  E   41.1
16  Pacers     3367  3357  .501  E   41.1
17  Blazers    3357  3367  .499  W   40.9
18  Heat       3347  3377  .498  E   40.8
19  Jazz       3332  3392  .496  W   40.6
20  Raptors    3330  3394  .495  E   40.6
21  Lakers     3329  3395  .495  W   40.6
21  76ers      3329  3395  .495  E   40.6
23  Spurs      3304  3420  .491  W   40.3
24  Bulls      3282  3442  .488  E   40.0
25  Nets       3279  3445  .488  E   40.0
26  Pistons    3277  3447  .487  E   40.0
27  Celtics    3261  3463  .485  E   39.8
28  Magic      3237  3487  .481  E   39.5
29  Bobcats    3234  3490  .481  E   39.4
30  Cavaliers  3223  3501  .479  E   39.3

I’m going to assume that Bradford Doolittle is pretty much correct here because he uses math that makes my head hurt and has it all laid out nicely. But look at the six hardest schedules for next year. None of those teams even sniffed the playoffs. How is that fair? I realize that Doolittle is doing this based off of projections for next season so the numbers are a little skewed with the assumption that these teams are going to be bad once again. But at the same time, a 17-win team receives the supposedly fifth hardest schedule? What is this — the NFL?