With guys like Westbrook, Joe Alexander, and DJ Augustin apparently drifting beyond Geoff Petrie's reach we're speculating here at Sactown on the Kings ending up with a player like Darrell Arthur or Marresse Speights,.
Meanwhile, Alexis Ajinca, the young 7'1 Euro C/PF, is movin' up fast.
According to Draft Express Ajinca has been extremely impressive in his NBA draft workouts and could be rocketing up the charts by as many as 10 draft slots, which would put him right in the Kings’ range.
Personally, I think I’d rather see the Kings roll the dice on Ajinca than Speights, Arthur, McGee, Donte Greene, etc.
Ajinca is really intriguing; he has some of the sky-high potential scouts saw in DeAndre Jordan in terms of natural athletic ability and size (Ajinca has an incredible 7’7 wingspan!).
But in his favor, the French player has already delivered on some of that promise, developing a nice outside jump shot and a jump-hook shot in International play, and is seemingly more tough, more focused, court-smart, and overall more motivated to get to the next level.
He’s been bulking up, and in a year or so (he only just turned 20) Ajinca could be a seriously promising NBA power forward.
Now, reports say that Anthony Randolph's mediocre workouts could be scaring off some teams, so maybe he or Joe Alexander could still fall into the Kings laps. But no one can deny that we could desperately use an athletic big man, especially one who can play some defense and alter or block shots inside, and Ajinca has two other tools that Petrie would notice: he can shoot and he can pass: