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Pace alone can't win games

Hopefully the Kings learned that fast isn't always better.

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Since the Sacramento Kings were purchased by Vivek Ranadivé and crew, there's been a constant push for pace. This was largely cited as one of the reasons the Kings fired Michael Malone, as his slowed down style clashed with the organization's vision. With George Karl, the Kings got their wish.

Sacramento finished the season first in the NBA in pace, at approximately 100 possessions per 48 minutes. The Kings were third in the NBA in point per game, averaging 106.6 point per game for the year. But all that speed and scoring resulted in just 33 wins.

The Kings finished dead last in the NBA in opponent points allowed per game, at 109.1. The Kings were just 15th in offensive rating, while finishing 22nd in defensive rating. And the Kings finished 28th in the league in turnovers, averaging an absurd 16.2 per game.

Vivek dreamed of a fast team in the model of the Warriors. What the Kings have failed to realize is that the Warriors aren't just fast, they're also incredibly gifted on the defensive end of the floor. We know the Kings have guys who can score. With the next coaching hire, and with roster moves over the next summer, the Kings need to figure out how to improve the defense. The defense must improve, even if that means slowing down.