NBA Draft 2011: Notes From The Abyss

Some disorganized notes on the NBA Draft, just one day away.

* The Kings will not pick Jonas Valanciunas for themselves. That was considered obvious to most, but seriously. Not happening. If Jonas' name comes up at the No. 7 on Thursday, you'll know there's a trade.

* That first note is regrettable, because Valanciunas is probably the best prospect available at No. 7, assuming Cleveland doesn't take him. The franchise is obviously focused on winning more games next year. That's fine. That serves me perfectly as a fan interested on local momentum helping to get this arena deal done. But building in the NBA should be all about the long game. If the Kings feel like Jonas isn't the best prospect, don't pick him. If he is, I think you have to consider picking him and waiting, assuming there's a reasonable assurance he wants to come over.

* This front office-vs-ownership thing on Jimmer Fredette: I don't buy it. I think the front office and coaching staff actually likes Jimmer a lot. I think a lot of them also like Kemba Walker and Kawhi Leonard. There's no drama there. Maybe some difference of opinion. But -- as was the case with the Rubio situation in the dog days of 2009 -- more is being made of it than it appears exists.

* I'd be thrilled if the Kings took Chris Singleton. But he didn't work out in Sacramento, and he's of the range that he would've worked out in Sacramento if the Kings wanted him to. That makes me think that he's not under consideration at all.

* It looks like the bigs are rising at the last minute. It looks like a better than 50-50 bet Kemba Walker will be available at No. 7. If Kemba is on the board and Leonard is not, I think Kemba's the pick. (I know I disagree with Akis on this.) If both Kemba and Kawhi are on the board, I think it's a toss-up. This could be ruined by Alec Burks, Klay Thompson or any of about 20 other prospects. It's like Geoff Petrie drafts used to be.

* This is going to be a crazy draft to watch. It's going to swerve in every direction. Can't wait.

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