Here’s a little snippet from Britt Robson’s check around the NBA in which he feels teams like the Kings and Suns are going to come back down to Earth:
I’m also not waiting for the NBA to announce its Western Conference Coach of the Month for November — I’ll take Sacramento’s Paul Westphal. After losing top scorer Kevin Martin, Westphal still steered his team to eight victories in 13 games. That’s nearly half of the Kings’ win total for the entire 2008-09 season, when they went 17-65. Westphal isn’t sacrificing player development to get those wins — seven of the top 10 players in his rotation are age 23 and under — nor is he ignoring structure. With 23-year-old power forward Jason Thompson and 21-year-old center Spencer Hawes manning the paint, the Kings’ kiddie corps has excelled by pounding the ball inside. Sacramento ranks among the league’s top seven teams in points in the paint, free throws and offensive rebounds. Not surprisingly, they are also fifth in points and sixth in offensive efficiency.