Not long ago I wrote about optimism. I wrote about the brighter side of the season. I wrote about young guys getting to play some minutes. And while the youth movement is an important part of the rebuilding process, I now realize something very, very important. How can I put this delicately?
I was wrong!
I was miserably and horribly wrong. There is no bright side right now. These are our darkest days. These are the days where we dredge the depths of ineptitude.
Allow me to explain.
Currently, there are two, count 'em two, teams that have worse records than Sacramento. One of those two teams is Washington. The same Washington Wizards who just beat us, have the same number of losses, and are 1 win short of being considered a better team than we are. The other team is OKC, which is 9-35, so we're at least a little better than them...for now.
I suddenly realized this when I was looking at Charlotte's roster (This, by the way, shows just how lame I am, spending my Saturday afternoon randomly browsing the rosters of other NBA teams). As I looked at the roster, I began to wonder what it must be like to be a Bobcats fans. Who are your bright spots? After Gerald Wallace I suppose Emeka Okafor is next up. D.J. Augustin has been a nice surprise. but after that, the roster is a roll call of "meh" players. Raja Bell and Boris Diaw were nice under D'Antoni. Sean May? DeSagana Diop? Shannon Brown? Nazr Mohammed? And let's not forget Adam Morrison. And then I noticed that Charlotte is 18-25. After I stopped crying, I struggled to imagine how this collection of players could have possibly won 18 games. I know they've been active in trades, and up until recently they also had Jason Richardson, but c'mon! That collection is players is really that much better than us?
So then I started looking at the rosters of other teams that have been doing better than us. I tried to stick to teams that I wouldn't expect much out of. No sense doing an in-depth analysys of why Cleveland has a better record, right?
I look at Indiana. Danny Granger jumps out at me. He's been playing very well this season, but it's not like there's a bunch of studs around him. Mike Dunleavy Jr., Troy Murphy, Jamaal Tinsley's contract, and Jeff Foster don't exactly make me feel like "this team's a winner!" But they're 16-27. Let's write it off as an Eastern Conference issue (even though the disparity between conferences isn't nearly as pronounced as it once was).
I look at Golden State. This feels like a team that should be better. Stephen Jackson, Andris Biedrins, and Corey Maggette make me think of a team with a record better than 13-31. So we'll lump them in with us in the underachiever category, but they're still better than us.
Minnesota reminds me a lot of Charlotte in that I'm not sure how they have 14 wins. Al Jefferson is good. Kevin Love has some potential. Other than that you're looking at Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Rodney Carney, Rashad McCants, and Corey Brewer. Where are these wins coming from?! This feels like a team that we should be able to outperform.
Obviously I could go on like this all day, but I already am feeling longwinded. Ultimately my point is that we are not playing to this roster's potential. This isn't much of a surprise, but it's something I had been denying. I'm sorry. Consider this my turning point. Prepare to see the full fury of my bitterness as we boldly face the second half of the season. Play the kids, trade the cap-killing
piles of crap veterans. Pray that this is the darkest darkness before the proverbial dawn.