I’ve been one of the many who expects Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson to go within the top four picks of the 2012 NBA Draft. Many other “pundits” have similar feelings, but as the draft continues to creep closer, some opinions seem to be swaying.
One of the sways is coming from ESPN’s senior college basketball analyst, Andy Katz, who suggests that either MKG or Thomas Robinson could drop to the Kings with the fifth selection, something many haven’t expected:
The most interesting debate in the top five is where Thomas Robinson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will land. The certainties, at least at this juncture according to team sources, are Anthony Davis to New Orleans and Bradley Beal and/or Harrison Barnes staying in the top four. That means either Robinson or Kidd-Gilchrist could slide out of the top four to Sacramento at No. 5 or below.
Even as recent as a few days ago, many expected some combination of Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond or Bradley Beal to be the available prospects come the Kings selection, but recent heavy interest in Beal and Barnes by teams like Cleveland and Washington has surged their assumed stock.
It’s within reasonable assumptions that the Wizards and Cavaliers are dishing out the expected smoke screens, especially given the talent levels of both Robinson and Gilchrist, but at least for now, some pundits are changing their mind on who’ll be falling to the bottom of the top five.
Grabbing either MKG or Robinson at the fifth spot would be a DeMarcus Cousins like coup for the Kings, so despite Katz’s information, I’m still skeptical either will be available to the Kings.