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Scott Howard-Cooper: When it comes to the draft, Rubio gets in line behind Griffin

My favorite ex-Bee writer writes: The Kings, with the greatest chance to draw the first pick in the May 19 lottery, have an obvious need for a point guard over a power forward -- Beno Udrih is a train wreck and the 6-11 Jason Thompson, the No. 12 pick last year, has a future. There's also the consideration that the fan base has gone from legendarily good to frustrated by the direction of the franchise. The Kings finished last in the league in attendance this season, a notion no one would have dared suggest a couple of years ago. (Utah's Brevin Knight, on the new Arco Arena atmosphere: "It's sad." Pau Gasol, after Lakers fans shouted down Sacramento fans in April: "I can't imagine how bad it would make me feel if I was a Kings player.") But if Griffin is bottom-line better than Rubio through the very few individual workouts they consent to, and it's not a close vote right now, the Kings go Griffin as the practical move and the safe move. Besides, they're only one season into a regrettable five-year deal with Udrih, and president Geoff Petrie is notoriously patient.

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