This is in part a fleshed out conversation I was going to theoretically have with Sactown Royalty’s own Aykis16 on twitter, but I thought it might work better as a FanPost.
This is my first FanPost, so be nice.
Aykis had tweeted something about Drummond being his current pick for #5 of the realistic options available, I tweeted back saying that I thought MKG would be a realistic option. He kind of disagreed, which is fine. By the way, Drummond is 3rd on my ‘Kings draft board’ behind Davis and MKG, so I would have no issues with Drummond if he were our pick on draft day.
I don’t think this is my ‘wishful thinking’ kicking into high gear either. I really think Gilchrist will be available when it’s our turn to pick. At least that is what the ‘reports’ suggest.
Anthony Davis is going #1. Agreed? Agreed. Jonathan Givony (of Draft Express, and just about the best draft guy there is) tweeted yesterday that Robinson was ‘the clear frontrunner to be picked at #2 at this point”.
Washington is the hardest team to predict. They could draft MKG, but I just have this feeling that if Beal is there at #3 they are going to take him. Remember that the Wizards drafted Chris Singleton in last year’s draft. Singleton’s scouting report is not THAT different from MKG’s. Both were pegged as ‘defensive stoppers’ who needed to work on their offensive game. I would even say Singleton is a better shooter than MKG is right now. To be clear, I don’t think the Wizards take Beal over MKG because they have Singleton, but it has to have some impact. It has to be a factor. I also feel that there is just no way a guy like MKG can outshine a player like Beal in a workout/interview session. That just isn’t MKG’s thing. Beal and Wall (one guy who can shoot and one guy who cannot) makes more sense to me than Wall, MKG, and Singleton … 3 guys who have suspect shooting ability at best.
Then there is Cleveland. Yes, another Kidd-Gilchrist threat. But if you believe all of the reports, and I do believe them, they are targeting Harrison Barnes. Like Beal, Barnes is the type of player and talker who can really outshine Kidd-Gilchrist during all of this pre-draft garbage. The Kyrie Irving connection is real. If you put a gun to my head, I’m predicting Barnes goes #4.
That’s the path. Well, that’s my path at the very least. I have two other points on MKG I’d like to make.
The first one is a little hard to talk about, but I think I have to mention it. If you’re like me, draft season is the best. I suck up all the content I can from this point till draft night. Interviews, workouts, articles, mock drafts, chats … I soak that stuff up like a sponge. If you are familiar with MKG, you know he has some sort of speech impediment. This wouldn’t detract a team from drafting him, obviously, but we’ve all heard time and time again how important pre-draft interviews are to teams’ GM’s this time of the year. The dinners, the sit-downs, the interviews… GM’s take that stuff incredibly seriously, as they should. I don’t think this would be such a big deal if it weren’t for how well spoken MKG’s peers are. You listen to Robinson, Barnes, and Beal, and those guys get after it. They have that swagger, and that killer instinct lottery teams want to hear. They have the voice of stars and the game to back it up. Kidd-Gilchrist is very soft spoken, and he has a hard time articulating what he wants to say. To put it simply, Robinson, Barnes, and MKG can and will sell themselves better than Gilchrist will.
The last point I want to make is all about the numbers. For the sake of time, I’m going to stick with that 11.9 PPG number. It doesn’t bother me as a Kings fan, because I don’t want him to score. I don’t need him to score. I need him to be the super glue this team desperately needs. I need him to play defense. But that number would bother me as a Bobcats fan. It would bother me as a Cavaliers fan, and it would bother me as a Wizards fan. We have too many offensive weapons right now. We have too many players who require shots. Those other teams … they need bigger pieces than we need. We have our theoretical ‘big two’ in Evans and Cousins. Kyrie Irving just has Kyrie Irving. I suppose John Wall has Nene (although he had a down year last season) and the Bobcats have nothing. Those teams need scoring from their top 5 picks more than we do.
I only went a few years back when I was doing my research, but there is almost no precedent for a guy averaging less than 12 PPG being drafted in the top 4 who isn’t either a point guard, big man, or international player. It just doesn’t happen often, if ever.
Of course, the Bobcats are shopping #2, and other teams ahead of us may be trying to trade out as well. Nothing is set in stone right now. A team could fall in love with Gilchrist and trade up in front of us and steal him, but if things stay the way they are… Not only do I think that Kidd-Gilchrist is a realistic option for us at #5, I think he is available, and I think he will be our pick.
The draft can’t get here fast enough.