Now for some of the more fun stuff, as one of the first things that will occur under the new regime is the 2013 NBA Draft. The Kings have had a couple bad drafts in a row, something that lottery teams can ill afford to rack up. This year, the Kings have the 7th and 36th picks in what many experts are calling a weak draft. The way I see it, the Kings have a few decisions to make regarding their picks.
1. They could keep the pick and draft the best player available.
2. They could trade down in the draft for a later pick and acquire some other asset (another pick, a player, etc.) in the process.
3. They could outright trade the pick for a current player.
All three of these choices have merit. This is a weird draft in that there really isn't star power, but there seem to be a lot of solid players who could be in the NBA for a long time. Since we're just focusing on the draft itself today, let's only look at options 1 or 2 for now and because the second round is a bit of crapshoot, we'll focus on the first round.
Keep the Pick
There isn't really a clear cut consensus on the top players in this draft but there are a few that I heavily doubt will be available by the time the Kings pick at #7: Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo and Ben McLemore. I'm not saying they will be gone for sure, just that this is my feeling. This still leaves many options for the Kings.
- Anthony Bennett played Power Forward in College but would definitely be undersized in the NBA. He's very talented offensively but still needs to develop the other side of his game. His athleticism seems to suggest that he could make the leap to playing NBA Small Forward.
- Alex Len, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng would add size and defense to Sacramento's frontcourt.
- Shabazz Muhammad had a rough year at UCLA but there is still some belief that he has the talent to become a star.
- Trey Burke, C.J. McCollum and Michael-Carter Williams will likely be there if the new Kings front office believes that one of them is an upgrade to Isaiah Thomas. Burke and McCollum have reputations as scorers, while Carter-Williams is a big pass-first point guard with excellent defensive fundamentals.
Trade Down / Acquire Another 1st Round Pick
If the Kings opted to trade down in the draft and/or acquired another first round pick, they could add young depth to multiple areas.
- Sergey Karasev is a lefty Russian Sharpshooter who can also handle and pass the ball. He reminds me of Hedo Turkoglu and is my favorite European prospect in the NBA draft.
- Steven Adams is a big dude with good athleticism and lots of potential on the defensive side of the ball.
- Glen Rice Jr. isn't as good of a player as his dad was but he's still very solid in all facets of the game and might be one of the more NBA ready players available.
- Dennis Schroeder will probably end up going in the lottery and also might end up being the best Point Guard taken in this draft. Schroeder is German and has been playing oversees for a while now. He's very athletic, unselfish and a good shooter to boot. He could be in play at the #7 pick.