23. Sacramento Kings

Record: 6 - 11
Last Week's Rank: 28
Last Week's Results: L @ Minnesota 86-99, (Mon); W vs. Indiana 92-88, (Wed); W @ San Antonio 88-86, (Fri); L @ Memphis 95-128, (Sat)
This Week: @ Portland, Monday (1/23); vs. Denver, Wednesday (1/25); @ Utah, Saturday (1/28)

It'd be easy to look at their record and say the Kings just suck, but this team's issues can be attributed to two things: inexperience and injuries. They're already one of the youngest teams in the league and this week injuries to John Salmons and Marcus Thornton (stomach flu and thigh contusion, respectively) hampered a squad that has already had to deal with a lot this season. The Kings still managed to go .500 this week and move themselves out of the basement of the Pacific Division. They can thank the Warriors for taking that shameful spot from them. —Ralph Warner