Okay, so maybe the Kings aren’t tanking. Maybe they are trying to finish the season on a high note. Okay, scratch that, they are…but if you’re sitting in the front office, you can’t help but think of the potential drawback of a single win in these last four games. I know, I know – you play to win the game. And I know, I know, just because you end up in a particular position at the end of the season doesn’t mean you’ll be picking in that slot come draft day. But really, is a win or two in the final four games really worth falling 3-4 slots in the draft lotto, assuming things stay on course?
Going into tonights schedule, the Kings currently sit tied with the Warriors for the third worst record in the league, putting them at the #3 lotto spot, going into the lotto. And while nothing is guaranteed, falling back more than a single spot is almost unheard of and you’re more likely to move up a spot or even two, than to fall back. But the realistic worst case scenario is a top 5 pick which is pretty nice going into this draft. Best case is a #1 or #2 pick and John Wall or Evan Turner wearing purple and black next year.
Listen, I’m not rooting for the Kings to lose….but I understand the reality of the situation if they can somehow luck out with a top 3, especially top 2 pick to be paired with Evans down the road.
The Kings, barring a freak injury, aren’t going to be in this situation again. While they might return to the lotto for another year (or even two), they simply wont have a pick this high and most likely wont even crack the top 10. So this is it. This is the time to step to the plate and make sure you hit a homerun. With an extra win or two, you could fall from the possible 3rd selection all the way to 7th.
I know what people will say….you can find your star later…we found Tyreke with the fourth pick. And that’s fine – a valid point. But if Geoff Petrie has proven anything during his tenure in Sacramento, it’s that he knows how to draft. So, I say, give Geoff a full deck of cards to pick from…not half of one.