Understandably Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes give starved Kings fan some silver lining to an otherwise terrible two years. But at the same time, let's not let our lack of talent and coaching rose color what we have. This site seems to view it sacriligeous to say anything disparaging "the future" frontcourt - including drafting Blake Griffin, the obvious #1 pick. Thompson is willing to bang with good athleticism from having had a late growth-spurt and a workable mid-range game but fouls more than anyone in the league. Hawes has 3 pt. range and solid post moves and has improved his defense but tends to succomb to physical play.
They seem like good fits for the Princeton style offense of passing big men in the high post. They are likeable young players that seem to listen to coaching (unfortunately, the coaching outside of Coachie may have left something to be desired especially on the defensive end.)
With these two works in progress starting for the second half of the year, the Kings still possessed the worst record in the league. If these two were to be coming out of the draft now, Hawes may be a fourth or fifth pick and Thompson around 10. They are not #1 picks. It is possible that their extended minutes (and those given to Nocioni and Garcia) might have hampered the use of Diogu or Greene. It is possible that Diogu might actually have a more advanced game or that Blake Griffin would represent significant upgrades. Let's be willing to admit it!
Frankly, Francisco Garcia, I am not sure should be a starter in this league at the 3 and Nocioni should not be more than a role player. Both seem inconsistent. Kevin needs to still prove he will play both ends. Beno is nothing but a backup with self-esteem issues.
The pieces are there to make huge strides next year but a coach (Why not Tom Thibodeau (with Coachie running the O since Eddie Jordan doesn't coach D) and the 2 first round picks will need to lift the franchise. Anybody else see that Sacramento's own and former Kings assistant Scottie Brooks got a multi-year extension in Oklahoma City and wonder how it would be different if he got the job instead of Theus?