It’s that time of the year again. The NBA Draft is fast approaching, and once again, Sacramento Kings fans are debating who they believe the Kings should select to help “turn the franchise around”.
The 2015 Draft turned out to be quite successful with the selection of promising center Willie Cauley-Stein. Although, it was hard to miss on talent as the 2015 draft class was loaded from top to bottom.
The 2016 draft class, however, isn’t as ‘deep’, so Vlade and his staff will really have to do their homework on potential prospects for the Kings to select with the 8th pick, and also the 59th.
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For a team like the Kings, every draft is important. The Kings are regulars in the Draft Lottery; appearing for the 9th straight time, which ranks 1st among the other NBA teams.
The 2016 draft should carry more importance than any other draft in the past. The Kings will be moving into a new arena next season, they have recently hired a new head coach in Dave Joerger, and there is also the issue of DeMarcus Cousins; how much longer is he wanting to hang around?
It would seem that this upcoming season will be pivotal in regards to DeMarcus Cousins as his patience may be wearing thin. The clock is ticking for the Kings and this may be their last chance to get things right before DeMarcus decides he’s had enough.
A talent like one of those three would certainly help the Kings case and add to a roster in need of talent.
Would the Kings be better suited to take one of the ‘second tier’ guys? Or are they better off scanning the trade market and trying to get better value by trading the pick?
The Kings have no shortage of options, but the best option would be to keep the pick and take a chance on some young talent. Add some pieces during free agency and the Kings will be in good shape.
Of course, many things will have to go right for the Kings to end up in ‘good shape’, but they are in good position to be there. The Kings are a solid draft choice and a few impact players away, but so far this offseason, they are heading in the right direction. The next step: a successful draft.