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The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.
Willie Reed has reached agreement with the Sacramento Kings on a contract for the remainder of the season, his agent Joel Bell told RealGM.
The deal contains a team option for next season.
Reed, a 6-foot-10 forward with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League, has averaged 14.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 59 percent shooting this season. He went to training camp with the Kings in 2012, and the team remains enamored with his activity and athleticism.
Reed finished last season with the Memphis Grizzlies and participated with their summer league team, but he was released prior to 2013-14.
Reed, 23, played two seasons at Saint Louis University, where he averaged 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore.
Derrick Williams continues to be between positions at small forward and power forward.
Williams is one of the most athletic players on the Sacramento Kings, but utilizing and maximizing that ability hasn't been consistent.
If Rudy Gay returns to the Kings next season, he will take the starting spot at small forward, which would leave Williams vying for the spot at power forward.
“This last stretch, I want to use it to prove that I should be starting,” Williams said. “And that’s the main goal, to prove it to Coach and finish the season strong as a team and see what works best.”
“You go back to his days at Arizona, when he was the No. 2 pick, he played a lot of four (power forward),” Mike Malone said. “I see in the NBA if a bigger guy is guarding him, he can take that guy out on the perimeter. If you play him at the small forward, you can post him up some. He’s got that versatility and athleticism that is very attractive."
Williams is a good matchup against more athletic power forwards.
“The league is getting a lot smaller it seems, and I think Derrick’s versatility is a real advantage when you play him at the four,” Malone said. “Now you have a quick and athletic lineup.”