So I'm not sure if there has been a thread made about this yet, I looked in the archives and didn't see anything so I'll go ahead.
Last year the Kings went 28-54. That's winning 34% of our games, which is unfortunately the highest percentage and win total since the 2007-2008 season. It's also the first time we finished better than dead last in the Pacific Division since that same '07-'08 season. The home record was surprisingly decent, finishing 20-21. They would've finished 21-20 if they beat the Clippers in the final game of the season. The road record on the other hand... 8-33, tying for surprisingly only 3rd worst. They were a respectable 7-9 against their fellow Pacific Division opponents, and 14-16 against the Eastern Conference. They were 7-29 against the rest of the West.
Clearly we can see where the problem lies here. The Kings have had a history in the last few seasons of losing on the road and against the rest of the Western Conference. This is mainly because of defense and not being able to score for long periods at a time. (See Dallas game) When the Kings were outscored 33-4 in a stretch in the 1st half. Fun fact: WE HAVEN'T WON THERE SINCE 2003.
Anyway, for the Kings to have a decent season or even think about sniffing .500, they MUST crack down on the defensive end. We were dead last in points allowed last year at 105.1 a game. If Malone can get some good rotations and give the players an idea of the model he wants on defense, we'll have a chance to be *gasp* average!
I'd say if we can get the defense be 20th in the league in points allowed, maintain a top 15 points scored offense, and win a whopping 15 games on the road, we can win 36 games next season. It's not playoffs, but it'd be a great improvement and give us a great feeling going forward. Now those are some big ifs too. I'm not sure if we can put up the same offensive numbers we did last year without Tyreke. Hopefully Thornton or Mclemore can carry that scoring load. I'm not even sure if we can get out of the bottom 5 league defense either. But if we can make them a little closer together, we might actually win some games.
My Prediction: A generous 36-46.