Tuesday Mail Sac/Pick & Droll: More draft options, owning your own NBDL team, draft contest

Mason Plumlee is advised that he did not make the StR draft board. - Andy Lyons

Two days away...

A grab bag of a question from MarcusZ28: "I have a few questions regarding the upcoming draft, that you may have already answered in one of your previous posts, but hell, I'll ask anyway. What is YOUR ideal situation regarding the draft? Would you like to trade and move up? Would you rather say screw it and move down (perhaps trading for a vet)? Do you simply pick at 7 (if so, who?)... Or do you pull a Maloof and trade the pick for cash considerations for a new coloring book?"

My preference is to pick at 7. My current "hot sheet" is Noel, Porter, Oladipo, Len, McLemore, Burke, McCollum. I would rather have any one of these guys than any obtainable combination of remaining players (for example, Bennett and Zeller would not be an obtainable combination).

Moving up really doesn't interest me, as I think that it would take the 7 and either Evans or Cousins to move up (what else do we have to offer?), and I wouldn't do that.

Trading for a vet always comes down to who's available. Rajon Rondo? Sure, but it's a pretty safe bet that he's not available for the 7. Evans and the 7 for Rondo? Kind of steep for a guy that is down to two years on his contract and a bit mercurial (though extremely talented). Luol Deng? He could be a one year rental, so I'd be hesitant. Same with Danny Granger.

I will admit, though, a new color book is really tempting...

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From C-riCh: "I read somewhere in the Mail Sac about management's focus on player development and I find this to be very important, considering how young these guys are coming out of college. With that being said, do you think the Kings should purchase a D-League team... say the Reno Bighorns? It would be like how the Rockets and Spurs have done with the Vipers and Toros. Send guys there that need a little seasoning then bring them back when they're ready. What's your take on this?"

The Kings, of course, can already send prospects to the Bighorns, as they have done in the past with guys like Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Honeycutt. However, since they don't own the Bighorns, they can't really make overt demands as it pertains to playing time and the system that is being utilized. If they owned the team, they could install the same system that the big club is using, and they could influence playing time and development in a big way.

But the flip side of this coin is that most players that teams have invested in heavily, even raw ones, are likely to stay with the parent club. There is just too much money in some of these guys to shuttle them off to the NBDL. Even if you look at a guy like Thomas Robinson, it would probably make the organization very nervous to pack up $7 million in guaranteed contract and ship him off to Reno.

I think that if you have the choice of owning or not owning an NBDL team, owning one is the way to go. But when it comes to where you're going to spend your money as a franchise, it may not provide for the best return on investment. If it's not my money and I get to make the call, sure!

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Pick & Droll: Sactown Royalty Draft Extravaganza.

As we go to press, we already have 27 members in the pool. Who will join this prestigious list of past winners: Ball in Cup, section214, thizboy, elfboy (correctly soothsayered Fredette/Honeycutt/Thomas!!!), and most recently gregsactly.

You have until 6 PM (Pacific) Wednesday, June 26th to submit your picks. Rules can be found in Monday's (6/24) Mail Sac.

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Member


7th Pick


36th pick


1 through 6


13

Bill2

Bennett

Muscala

Noel/Len/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo/Burke

17

kman949

Bennett

Snell

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Burke/Oladipo

16

Kenanito

Burke

Charles

Len/Porter/Noel/McLemore/Oladipo/Bennett

10

Deleran

Burke

Muscala

Len/Noel/Bennett/Zeller/Oladipo/Porter

8

otis29

Burke

Muscala

Noel/Len/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/Burke

24

polotown

Burke

Rice

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Bennett/McLemore/Len

26

double rainbow

Burke

Snell

Porter/Oladipo/Bennett/Noel/Len/McLemore

7

markdog333

Burke

T27/Adams

Len/Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore/Porter

3

artlee6

Burke

Thomas

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Bennett/McLemore/Len

18

bumblebeeman

Caldwell-Pope, Adetokundo via MT/35 trade

Leslie

Len/Burke/Oladipo/Noel/Porter/McLemore

6

Ragin17

Carter-Williams

Kadji

Len/Oladipo/Porter/Noel/Bennett/Burke

1

fccpw

Carter-Williams

T??/Rice

5

lay-it-up-like-a-man

McCollum

Goodwin

Len/Noel/Bennett/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo

22

Sir Lurksalot

McCollum

Mitchell

Len/Noel/Bennett/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo

14

Sac King

McCollum

Muscala

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo/Len/Burke

25

nealtastic

McCollum

Southerland

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

12

A Night At The Arco

McCollum

T25/Snell

Noel/Porter/Len/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

4

Aykis16

McCollum

T27/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

15

Czar Nickoli

McCollum

T27/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

27

DougChristieKO

McCollum

T28/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

20

49ertrojanmann

McLemore

Muscala

Len/Oladipo/Bennett/Noel/Porter/Burke

2

LaBradford

Muhammad

Jackson

Noel/Burke/Porter/Len/McLemore/Oladipo

9

KingsFan#1

Muhammad

Muscala

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/Burke

21

49ersDude

Porter

Len/Oladipo/McLemore/Bennett/Noel/Burke

11

section214

T11&35/Muhammad, Muscala via T35 for 28

Charles

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Oladipo/Burke/Bennett

23

Sactown_Loyalty19

Zeller

T23/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore

19

betweentheeyes

Zeller

Thomas

Send your questions and topic ideas to asksactownroyalty@gmail.com. The thread is now open for your jacking.

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