After weeks of workouts, debates and film breakdown, it’s finally settled. At pick #10, after trading back earlier in the day, the Kings selected Jimmer Fredette. Fredette is an electric scorer with unlimited range. He’s got an underrated ability to create for others, and he’s probably the most talked about player in the draft and maybe the most popular player in college basketball.
So why do Kings fans feel so empty?
It’s because Geoff Petrie did not have one of his best days. The trading of Beno Udrih and pick #7 for John Salmons and #10 was baffling to say the least. In that deal, the Kings agreed to move down three spots…to pick up an older player with a longer, more lucrative contract, who already flamed out in Sacramento. Not to mention Udrih was easily the Kings most consistent player last year and a key element to the Kings backcourt.
Salmons is not the answer. We know what he can do — he’s a solid defender who can score off the dribble. But he’s not going to morph into a vocal leader or turn into a distributor or become a reliable long-range threat. He is what he is, and for the next 3 years at $24 million, he’s ours.
The pain only worsened for Kings fans as the draft unfolded. It was believed that Brandon Knight wouldn’t make it past the 3rd pick, at worst 5th to Toronto. But when Utah took Enes Kanter at #3, Knight began to fall. And there he sat at #7, where the Kings should have been picking. A motivated, smart kid with a wealth of potential and an already strong skill set? Sounds like a point guard we could use. Instead, it was Detroit’s good fortune at #8 to scoop up the talented freshman.
So nothing against Jimmer. I’m excited to see him on the floor, dropping 30-footers, spacing the floor for Tyreke and DeMarcus. He’ll be an immediate fan favorite and hopefully develop into a legitimate piece to our puzzle.
But man, what a tough day.