SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If you've been sleeping on the Kings this year it might be time to believe the hype.
We're almost halfway through the NBA's regular season and Sacramento is in the playoff conversation with a 20-20 record after a must-needed home win over the Orlando Magic on Monday. Sitting in the ninth spot in an eight-team playoff race, Sacramento is within striking distance of its first postseason appearance since 2006.
If you're thinking about hopping on the Sacramento Kings bandwagon now that the team has a winning record halfway through the season for the first time in 14 years, here are some quick stats you should know.
The way this team has been playing has a lot of people talking and the new, fast paced offense has been led by 2017's fifth overall pick in the NBA draft, De'Aaron Fox, and third-year guard Buddy Hield.
In his second nba season, Fox has been making a name for himself. In November, a then 20-year-old Fox became the youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points, grab 10 rebounds, and dish out 15 assists in his first career triple double.
While De'aaron Fox brings the speed at the point guard position, Buddy Hield brings the buckets as the shooting guard. After being acquired in the infamous 2017 trade with the New Orleans that sent All-Star center Demarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, Hield has been knocking down shots like nobody's business.
The Oklahoma Sooner set the Kings franchise record for most three-pointers made through 40 games with 131. So far this season, the only players who have hit more three-point shots than the player affectionately known as "Buddy Buckets" are reigning NBA MVP James Harden and three-time NBA Champions Stephen Curry.
After a couple historic performances from their team this year, Kings fans have to be feeling good about Sacramento being in the playoff conversation in January.
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