March 19, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) prepares to drive against Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (12) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
Over at the mothership, I spent the week putting together NBA Draft Grades for 2007-2010. The objective: look back to see how players actually turned out; our day-after grades tend to focus on value and tactics of the drafting itself, but only with time can we see whether our draft notions were accurate. Coincidentally, the span I looked out lines up with the first four years of the Kings' earnest rebuild.
So how did Geoff Petrie do?
2007: I gave Petrie a D for the Hawes pick, though I tried to shift some of the blame to circumstances; famously, Petrie liked Joakim Noah ... who went one pick before the Kings were up. But as I note, Sacramento took a big man ... and still needed a big man desperately a year later. Not good.
2008: Petrie picked up a B for the Jason Thompson pick, even though Roy Hibbert, Serge Ibaka and Ryan Anderson were all on the table. I must have been feeling kind on Tuesday morning. From someone less impressed by J.T., this might be a C or worse. But I believe in Thompson.
2009: No surprise here -- the Kings picked up an A- for Tyreke Evans. The minus comes from Omri Casspi at No. 23; he might not be in the league in another year, but hey, he wasn't bad for the first half of his rookie season!
2010: Easy call as DeMarcus Cousins takes over the world and picks up an A for Petrie. Interesting debate in the comments about whether Ekpe Udoh is actually a lesser player than Greg Monroe. And by "interesting" I mean "insane."
So those four years give Petrie a 3.0 grade point average. That's like the lowest level of honor roll. Not bad! Of course, were 2011 added, Petrie might end up on academic probation, so let's not get carried away just yet. And remember that draft is but one piece of the GMing puzzles.