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NBA Power Rankings 2012: Warriors And Kings Hover In Mediocrity

Another year, another month, another week. The Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings are still in the bottom tier of the NBA conference, hovering somewhere above perpetual suck but below playoff challengers. Both these teams seem doomed to finish at or around .400 for the rest of their basketball lives.

That's where both of those teams hover right now. None of them are nowhere near last place and both seem to have experienced pro

Marc Stein released his NBA ESPN Power Rankings. The Warriors finished in 20th place, moving only a spot up last week. But they had some promising wins over Denver and Houston.

How much more eager will Dubs owner Joe Lacob be to make a splashy trade when someone breaks it to him that Golden State hasn't had an All-Star since ... Spree in 1997? It's a drought six seasons longer than the next teams in line: Milwaukee (Redd in 2004) and Sacramento (Peja in 2004).

The Kings also had perhaps one of the best wins of the season, beating Oklahoma City, but they also lost to the Suns and the Timberwolves.

The Kings are a decent 8-12 under Keith Smart, sport seven wins against playoff teams from last season after rising to the TNT occasion Thursday night to stun OKC and have happily watched Boogie Cousins rack up four games with at least 19 boards, second in the league only to Dwight Howard's six.

To talk about where the Kings should rank overall, head on over to Sactown Royalty. To discuss where the Warriors should rank overall, go to Golden State of Mind.