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Inefficiency Reigns in this Kingdom

Our Sacramento Kings were one of the preseason dark horses to make the playoffs this year. Unfortunately, national pundits and casual fans are jumping off the bandwagon and instead discussing how long our head coach will last as well as how much time Boogie has left in Sactown. There are many causes to this unexpected start; some in our control and some out of our control. DeMarcus Cousins being injured has been the number one cause for the early season collapse. A team that was hoping for an eight or nine seed in the much tougher Western Conference cannot survive without their All-Star player. Our first ten games feature eight opponents that made the playoffs last year. These are things that were unexpected and out of our control. Darren Collison will now be out indefinitely with a hip injury that could cause him to miss significant time. This is another blow to our (wishful) playoff hopes in the preseason.

There are things that these Kings can control. Some would argue that offense is the issue with Gay seeming to revert to his Toronto form, Rondo not being able to shoot, turnovers ruining possessions, and lineups that don't make sense on either end of the court. Others would say that it's on the defensive end of the court with poor transition defense, poor 3 point defense, and poor help defense. I would argue that both parties have a point and that is why your Sacramento Kings are 1-7 to begin the season.

I have absolutely abhorred George Karl's tenure this year. Again, I understand he is missing the one really, really good player this team has on its roster. However, there are other major deficiencies coming from our head coach. The one reason we brought George Karl to Sacramento was for offense. While the Kings have scored the ball at a decent clip, we are not scoring efficiently, nor are we taking advantage of the best shot in basketball.

The corner three is the most efficient shot in basketball. It produces the most amount of points while being the shot of least difficulty and highest percentage from beyond the arc. Offensive juggernauts like the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers rely heavily on the corner three and for good reason. Unfortunately, in this George Karl run offense the Kings simply don't take advantage of this gift.

First, let's break down each game of the season and then we will look at totals as well as compare to opponents.

Date

Team

Corner 3 point made

Corner 3 point att

Corner 3P%

28-Oct

Clippers

2

4

50%

Kings

0

3

0%

30-Oct

Lakers

5

11

45%

Kings

2

5

40%

31-Oct

Clippers

1

4

25%

Kings

2

4

50%

3-Nov

Grizzlies

1

5

20%

Kings

3

10

30%

4-Nov

Suns

4

8

50%

Kings

5

6

83%

6-Nov

Rockets

9

21

43%

Kings

3

10

30%

7-Nov

Warriors

6

24

25%

Kings

1

1

100%

As you can see the Kings are being massively outgunned by opponents when it comes to the corner three point shot. The Kings have also shot the corner three 5% better than opposing teams, but have attempted 38 less (almost five per game).

Total corner 3s made

Total corner 3 att

Total corner 3P%

Opp

28

77

36%

Kings

16

39

41%

Again, proving the point is our percentage of three point shots from the corner and our percentage from the corner vs our percentage from anywhere else. Not only do we shoot the ball 5% better than our opponents from the corner, but also improve our 3P% by seven points compared to our own non-corner threes. Yet, we are only taking a quarter of our attempts from the most efficient spot on the floor!

% of 3P shots from corner

corner 3P%

% of 3P shots from non-corner

non-corner 3P%

Opponent

41%

36%

59%

32%

Kings

25%

41%

75%

34%

Another area of concern and frustration is who is taking these valuable shots? I've listed the most corner attempts to least corner attempts on the roster.

Player

corner 3s

corner 3P%

overall 3P%

Rondo

1 of 7

14%

25%

Gay

4 of 6

67%

39%

McLemore

2 of 6

33%

31%

Bellinelli

1 of 6

17%

30%

Collison

2 of 4

50%

42%

Casspi

2 of 4

50%

61%

Anderson

2 of 3

66%

33%

Curry

2 of 2

100%

75%

Butler

0 of 1

0%

0%

This chart tells us that not only is our offensive scheme ignoring the most important shot in today's modern game, but that the wrong players are also taking the shot. The 4 most frequent shooters of the corner three are 8/25 (32%) while our bottom 5 most frequent shooters of the corner three are 8/14 (57%). We should be setting frequent dual screens for Gay, Collison, Casspi, Anderson, and Curry to free them up in the corner. McLemore and Bellinelli would also benefit from more looks from those spots. Also, Rajon Rondo should not take another 3 point shot this season. He is too good at P&R and dribble, drive offenses to be hoisting up ill-advised 3 point shots.

What do all of these charts and statistics tell me? George Karl needs to put more of an emphasis on the corner three point shot. Several of the Kings regular players seem to have a low BBIQ. They may not realize that the corner three is what will increase their 3 point percentages. I put this on George Karl to ensure we are taking the most efficient shot in basketball. We have solid shooters on the court and I would much rather see a backscreen set for one of these guys to take an open corner three than to see another Rudy Gay post-up, another Bellinelli fade-away from the dribble, or another Rondo pull up 15 footer. If George Karl can't run an offense to highlight the most efficient shot in basketball, than he is doing us a disservice as our head coach. We clearly aren't going to play defense this year, so we need to take every chance we can to score the basketball. This one's on you George.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)