There is no denying that the young and talented Sacramento Kings have the pieces in place to again be viable in the NBA. Team defense is their biggest weakness, with coach Mike Malone preaching this both internally and publically.
Part of struggling with team defense is a lack of veteran leadership. The Kings are close to receiving help in that department as power forward Carl Landry has returned to practice situations, being active in 3-on-3 drills earlier this week.
The Kings have been extremely potent on the offensive side of the ball this season, scoring over 100-points in 16 of their last 17 games. The power forward position has been the least productive, with starter Jason Thompson averaging only 7.5 points per game this season.
The return of Landry is still a few weeks away, but if the Kings can continue to score and involve Landry without destroying their offensive chemistry, recent wins against Portland and Miami will no longer be viewed as flukes.
The 11-22 Kings will attempt to improve upon their 29th worst scoring defense by implementing Landry into the lineup, as the 105.0 points per game allowed will not win games, regardless of how talented they are.
The Kings next tangle with the Orlando Magic this Friday, and will look to begin a winning streak worthy of their passionate fan base.