Do you draft for need or draft for the best available player? It’s a sentiment that not only fans, but general managers across every professional sport have continually asked themselves. Frankly put though, it likely depends on the state of your franchise.
If you’re established and have time to coach a player up, it probably makes the most sense to draft for need. But if you’re struggling, sometimes the best player available makes the most sense.
That seems to be the feeling of Sacramento Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro who suggested that given the Kings current state, drafting the best available player may be their most logical approach.
In our stage you always look at the best player available. I can see how teams that are further along in development can draft for a position of need.
Assuming the Kings don’t trade down (or entirely out of the draft, which is a possibility) they’ll be in position to grab a handful of prospects who’ll likely be ready to contribute at the NBA level immediately, so they likely won’t have to make such a choice unlike teams who pick later in the first round