De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III know Kings must improve on defense to make the playoffs
It’s only preseason, but the Kings gave up 132 points in their first exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers in India. They allowed 130 points in the second game.
Offense shouldn’t be an issue for the Kings this season since they have weapons all around. Fox, Bagley III and the rest of the players in Sacramento have to get consistent stops if they want to make a playoff run.
“We can score easily,” Bagley said, via Jason Jones of The Athletic. “With this team we have, offense shouldn’t be a problem. But the defensive end, getting stops, stopping other teams from scoring. I think once we can get to a point where we can do that consistently, every game, every night, I think we’ll get to where we want to be.”
“Both of those games they scored way too many points, too many fouls, too many straight-line drives, layups, open 3s,” Fox said. “It’s something that we know we need to work on. We know offense isn’t our problem. Coming in, defense, that’s what we talked about.”
The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006. Fox and Bagley are very talented offensive players. Now, it’s time for the two youngsters to work on their defensive skills.
Every team in the NBA can score. The Kings have to get stops if they want to snap their playoff drought this season. It’s good to see the players acknowledging that.