March 19, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Dorell Wright (1) drives against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Minnesota Timberwolves won 97-93. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
While getting Thomas Robinson at 5 has widely been heralded as a great pick for the Kings, it does not solve the Kings ongoing problem at the Small Forward position. However, there may be an option 90 minutes down I-80.
Lost in the draft discussion of the past few days was this little tidbit by Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:
That was before the draft, and with the selections of Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, Richard Jefferson's big contract on the books, and tendering the Qualifying Offer to Brandon Rush, it does seem like Wright has fallen a bit down the totem pole. Wright also only has one year left on his deal, valued at about $4.1 million.
Wright has started every game he's played for the Warriors the past two years, but saw a decrease in minutes last year under new Coach Mark Jackson. The year prior, Wright enjoyed the best season of his career, averaging 16.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.0 AST, and 1.5 STL in 38.4 MPG. He also led the entire NBA in three pointers made and attempted, converting them at a 37.6% rate. That of course, was done under current Kings head coach Keith Smart.
It's no secret that the Kings could use a knockdown shooter. Last year the Kings were 29th in the NBA in 3P% at 31.6%, ahead of only the Charlotte Bobcats. Only Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette shot better than average from beyond the arc. With a team that features players like DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and now Thomas Robinson, better outside shooters are needed. Wright would definitely fill that need at least (he's not a great, or even good, defender). The question of course, is how to get him.