Kings Select Jarrett Allen In 2017 Re-Draft

Brooklyn Nets Jarrett Allen (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Jarrett Allen (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

FanSided’s 2017 NBA Re-Draft is moving right along, and the Sacramento Kings are on the clock again to make their second pick in the top ten.

FanSided’s re-draft of the 2017 NBA Draft has reached the back end of the lottery, and the Sacramento Kings are once again on the clock with the 10th overall pick.

This pick is the one that they received from the Pelicans along with Buddy Hield in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. They had already made a top-5 selection with their own pick, and it was their turn to finish out the top-10 with the Pelican’s pick.

What actually happened in real life is the Kings traded down with the Portland Trail Blazers, acquiring the 15th and 20th overall picks in exchange for the 10th. The Blazers selected Zach Collins in their new spot, and the Kings took Justin Jackson and Harry Giles with their picks.

In the re-draft, we stood pat and selected who we believed to be the best fit for the Kings at number 10. Here is how the draft has shaken out up until now:

  1. 76ers – Jayson Tatum
  2. Lakers – Donovan Mitchell
  3. Celtics – De’Aaron Fox
  4. Suns – Bam Adebayo
  5. Kings – Lauri Markkanen
  6. Magic – Jonathan Isaac
  7. Wolves – John Collins
  8. Knicks – OG Anunoby
  9. Mavericks – Luke Kennard

There were a few viable options on the board still, including Lonzo Ball who we could have teamed up with our first pick Markkanen. But knowing what we know now (call it cheating or not) about next year’s crop of guards, we were willing to double up on big men and shore up our front line by adding Jarrett Allen.

Allen can be the defensive presence that Markkanen is not, and the team wouldn’t need to rely on him to hit any outside shots. He could live in the paint and protect the rim on defense, and could even do a bit of rim-running on the pick and roll on the offensive side. Allen will never be an outside shooter, but based on the Markkanen pick, he won’t have to.

In our hypothetical scenario, the 2017 and 2018 draft hauls would look like this:

2017: Lauri Markkanen, Jarrett Allen

2017: actual: De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles

2018: Luka Doncic

2018 actual: Marvin Bagley

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Which scenario would you rather have? Let us know in the comments below and tell us if you like the situation as it is or if you’d rather have Doncic and Markkanen instead?