I worry that this may be seen as more aggressive than I intend it, so please don't take it that way. I'm really not trying to call anyone out; this is a great site because we often have differing opinions and ideally we are respectful of these differences. That being said, I feel the need firmly state my stance on what is becoming the number one issue of this team because I am seeing a lack of "my side" being represented otherwise. Maybe I've missed it, and maybe I'm just wrong; please feel free to correct me.
The issue I'm concerned with is the question of what we Kings fans want to see from this team for the rest of the season. In other words, what are we hoping for? The way I see it, our hopes lay closer to one of two extremes: you're hoping we end up with the worst record and therefore the best chance at the #1 pick, or you're hoping the team wins out, pick be damned. I, firmly, am of the latter extreme.
Keep in mind, this is about hopes, not reasonable expectations. I don't reasonably think the Kings will win every one of their remaining games, but that's what I'm hoping for. Under that scenario, our team is drastically better by the end of the season than it is now, both on an individual player basis (development of the young'uns, clutch performance), and the team as a whole (building of team chemistry, ability to finish-out tough games), and this is measured by actual wins, not moral victories (close losses to good opponents, etc.). By fretting that we won't end up with the worst record, we're essentially hoping that our team is just as crappy through the rest of the season as we are now. I worry much more about what that would do to the culture of this team than what Petrie would do with the #8 pick instead of #1 or #2.
In summary, SCREW THE TOP PICK. As we all know, having the worst record doesn't guarantee the top pick anyways (I know, I know, the best odds, guaranteed top 4, blah blah blah). For the sake of full disclosure, I don't watch college ball. Blake Griffin could well be a futre All-Star, and maybe I'd be singing a different tune if I had a personal opinion about the man who will be #1. What I do know is, we already have a Power Forward that I'm pretty damn juiced about (okay, it's no secret I'm a little bit in love with JT), and what I think we need in the long term is a franchise Point Guard, so I say for the rest of the season let's win some GD games, draft the best Point Guard on the board when we pick, and let's turn this shit train around! Who's with me?