It's safe to say the Sacramento Kings are no longer that cute little team out West.
No, the Kings aren't winning much more this season (they're 12-22 entering Sunday's home game vs. Cleveland), but they are starting to figure things out a little.
Just like any team with a new coach, the Kings are in a constant search for the right starting lineup and a regular rotation.
Many of their promising players -- center DeMarcus Cousins, point guard Isaiah Thomas, rookie shooting guard Ben McClemore -- are awful young, too.
On top of all that, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro is trying to rebuild this team on the fly. Like coach Michael Malone, the GM is in his first year in Sacramento, and first year as the main man.
Already this season, D'Alessandro has traded for starting small forward Rudy Gay (from Toronto), a borderline All-Star, and reserve forward Derrick Williams (from Minnesota), an improving third-year player.
So the Kings have new ownership, a new GM, a new coach and some ...