So... Who is going with me? Where you may ask? To watch the more competitive version of our favorite NBA team, the Kings' Summer League team, in Las Vegas, NV.
The great thing about the Kings' Summer League team, (and unfortunately the negative for our real team) is that the starting lineup includes about 40% of the team's actual starting lineup. I'm going to go out on a limb and say we're probably the only team that can claim this. This is assuming that (about to be) 3rd year player Spencer Hawes and (about to be) 2nd year player Jason Thompson play this summer. I mentioned it in my last post, but probably the best thing we have going for us, is that on the roster just happens to be the Lebron James of Summer League. Our Pal, local hero, and Kings' cheerleader, Donte Greene, averaged 22.6 ppg in summer league last season, including an impressive 40 point performance in his first summer league game. Combine this impressively lanky front court (average height: 6'11'') with 3 June draft choices and we Kings fans finally have a winning product.
Who do I think would nicely fill out this roster? Glad you asked. I've given my take on the point guard prospects who will probably be available at #4, but thanks to a very convincing article Ziller referenced about Jennings, I've opened my mind to him a little bit. However, I think I still favor Holiday to run the point for the Summer League Kings. Next, I've clearly stated who I would like to have playing the 2 guard for this squad, assuming he's available at #23. So for my summer league dream team, pencil in Terrence Williams at the 2. Then, for the X-factor, the not-so-talked-about #31 pick, I'm going with the freak athlete potential 6th man in Rodrigue Beaubois. Think about it - he could be our backup point guard (talking real team now), thus ending the Beno experiment. However, he could also give Kevin a rest when we want to go small, being that Holiday can guard 2 guards. I think the guy's got a little Ben Gordon in him - obviously not there yet, but kid's got potential. Based on his highlights, he seems to be able to shoot, he's got a sweet hesitation, a floater and his freak athleticism and 6'10'' wingspan make him a decent defender already. Why not gamble a little with the 31st pick? Besides, this summer league team would be way too American without him. So add in filler undrafted players, like Jerel McNeal, and we've got ourselves a competitor:
PG - Holiday (also fine with Jennings or Evans)
SG - T. Williams
SF - Donte Greene
C - Hawes
6th Man - Beaubois
Also, I've heard Vegas is kinda fun and the weather that time of year is supposed to be fantastic. Exhibit G, think you can see if the Maloofs will hook us up with the Rainman Suite in your follow-up interview?
So, who is going with me?