Outside of Anthony Davis, the first few picks of the 2012 NBA Draft will be a crap-shoot. Posturing by players, agents and teams has Player A going to Team B and Player B going to Team C. It’s a cluster of confusion and extended truths, but as the days go by, the white lies die out and scenarios begin to unfold, like the apparent decision by Florida’s Bradley Beal, who has no plans to workout for any team picking outside of the top four:
Agent Mark Bartelstein told SI.com that he has no plans for Beal to conduct workouts with teams beyond the top four. Beal is tentatively scheduled to work out for Washington on Thursday, Cleveland on Saturday and Charlotte on June 18.
While the Kings do have some interest in Beal, my opinion is that the former Gator would be a fallback, assuming he dropped to fifth which isn’t expected to happen. The more likely of the scenarios is Beal going top four, as is expected, which should leave the Kings with a very fine talent at the fifth selection.
With Davis going first and Beal expected to go top four, that would leave at least one of Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist, Andre Drummond or Thomas Robinson to the Kings. Granted, “lucking” into this scenario will take some help from either Washington, Cleveland or Charlotte drafting Beal prior to the Kings’ selection, but right now the Florida product doesn’t appear to be in any danger of falling out of the top four.
My best guess would have MKG and Robinson both off of the board come the Kings pick, along with Davis and Beal, leaving the Kings Drummond – if that’s the route they choose to go, which isn’t guaranteed. They may opt to go with somebody like Harrison Barnes, who’s more NBA ready then Drummond, but with lesser potential.
Either way, as of now, it appears the Kings could very well luck into some high quality talent at the fifth selection if the cards fall as expected.