It's the beginning of the second half of the season and the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings start it just like they ended it. The Warriors are not a good team, but they aren't terrible either. The Kings are oozing with potential and that potential usually kills them.
Either way you look at it the Bay Area teams are struggling to keep up with the rest of the Western Conference and it shows in the NBA Power Rankings.
ESPN ranks the Warriors at no. 19 and points out what we've been saying for quite some time. One, that Monta Ellis has had the highest scoring average among snubbed All-Stars for three straight years, which has to be a record of some sort. And two, the Warriors need a big man since it is easier to play basketball when it is five-on-five instead of four-on-five.
ESPN ranks the Kings at no. 26 but nothing really matters right now about the team itself because the great Kevin Johnson has saved basketball in Sacramento so that is cause enough for celebration.