Draft Day Mail Sac/Pick & Droll: Point guards, summer jobs, & draft contest

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DRAFT DAY!!! OHBOYOHBOYOHBOY!!!

Draft day Mail Sac seems to want to focus on point guard. Courtesy phillip.cardella: "I read today that in regards to the draft the Kings need a new point guard because Isaiah is good off the bench but not a PG for the future. Though I by no means think IT is an elite PG, and though I know we could improve at that position, I hardly think he's chopped liver. I'd LOVE to have him come off the bench because I think he's got SMOTY written all over him. But it begs the question in my mind, how many PGs are better than him in the league? In the draft?"

I'm going to keep this simple for myself and list out the starting point guards that I'd rather have than Thomas, regardless of contract. In no particular order: Chris Paul III, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Deron Williams, Mike Conley, Jrue Holiday, Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard. So that's 15 guys right there.

Next, guys that I wouldn't fight over one way or the other. That is, if you like these guys less/more than Thomas, cool: George Hill, Goran Dragic, Ricky Rubio, Greivis Vasquez, Eric Beldsoe, Jose Calderon, Brandon Jennings.

Guys that I put below Thomas that some might agree/disagree with include Jeremy Lin, Ray Felton, Darren Collison, Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Knight.

So no higher than 16, and as low as 23. Split the difference and he's 19-20.

I don't know if there is a point guard in the draft that would be better than Isaiah Thomas come opening night 2013, and perhaps not for much/all of this season. Trey Burke would probably have the best shot at being better than Thomas sooner than later.

If you were to give the current roster serious consideration when it comes to the draft (and I really don't), the needs would probably be a small forward first, a long defending big man second, and a point guard third. I think that DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans are the only current Kings in the upper half of the league at their respective positions.

A good one via yokosolo: "Why isn't Jarrett Jack being trumpeted as a no-brainer free agent pick up for Sacramento? Is it the cost, the dubious decision making, the over-confidence at dangerous times? In my mind his experience as a leader, his relationship to Malone and his track record as a teammate make him an absolutely perfect candidate to take the Kings up a few major notches next season. What am I missing?"

I think that there are a few things at play here. First, he's really just kind of so-so. He was very good in the playoffs, but he was not nearly as good all season long. Not that he was bad. He just wasn't much more than Isaiah Thomas good for much of the season. His career numbers are not exactly eye opening, and he has now played for five teams in his eight year career, and twice each for Toronto and New Orleans.

Next, I think that it's going to take more than fair wage to get him away from Golden State. I envision the Dubs offering him something in the neighborhood of 3yr./$18m, which I think is too much. And if they don't make that kind of offer after what he did for them in the playoffs, that's a bit of warning signal.

Finally, there was this quote that was attributed to Jack while he was plying his trade in Toronto. The backstory on this is that there was a fan at ARCO Arena that was campaigning Chris Bosh to come to the River City. To which Jack responded, "Ain't nobody coming here. Nobody even knows it's in California." Now I think that we can all get some thicker skins around here - it's amazing how ticked off we get when some out-of-towner besmirches our fair city. But "Ain't nobody...?" I just can't live with that level of grammatical homicide from my point guard. Uh-uh. Can't have it. Nope.

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Pick & Droll comes from betweentheeyes: "What was your first (summer) job and did it strongly influence what you did in later life?"

Ah, 1975. Community Industrial Garment Rental Service, which was located at 65th and S streets (SMUD occupies that area today). I'd catch the 81 bus out of Carmichael, and it would take about an hour to get there. But it was $3.00 bucks an hour, well over the $2.00 minimum wage at the time. It was a union shop, but because I was part-time summer help the union waved my dues. The guys that I worked with were always good to me, but the work was hot and hard and at times a bit disgusting. But I needed to save up $200 if my dad's 1968 Impala was ever going to be mine. I think the biggest influence that the job had on me was the fact that though what we were basically doing was other people's laundry, we took the job seriously (but not ourselves). I learned that there was no such thing as an unimportant job, and that you should always go at your job full tilt, but with humility at the same time. Oh, and given that my dad was tarring roofs when he was 13 and bringing home the money to help pay the rent, I knew better than to ever complain about the job when I came home at night. Everlasting memory: listening to The Doobie Brothers sing "Black Water" through my radio earpiece on the bus rides to and from work.

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And the moment that you've all been waiting for: The draft extravaganza field of 73 competitors is set!

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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

62

SarapBuhay

Burke

Hardaway Jr.

Len/Noel/Porter/Oladipo/McLemore/McCollum

43

ivAAron

Burke

Leslie

Len/Noel/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore

10

Deleran

Burke

Muscala

Len/Noel/Bennett/Zeller/Oladipo/Porter

8

otis29

Burke

Muscala

Noel/Len/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/Burke

47

Sacto_J

Burke

Muscala

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Len/McLemore/Bennett

24

polotown

Burke

Rice

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Bennett/McLemore/Len

26

double rainbow

Burke

Snell

Porter/Oladipo/Bennett/Noel/Len/McLemore

33

goodnight_punk

Burke

T23/Hardaway Jr.

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/McCollum

46

Panzerfaust

Burke

T23/Hardaway Jr.

Porter/Noel/Bennett/McLemore/Len/Oladipo

7

markdog333

Burke

T27/Adams

Len/Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore/Porter

3

artlee6

Burke

Thomas

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Bennett/McLemore/Len

71

getPGwithbounce

Caldwell-Pope

Roberson

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Zeller/McLemore/Bennett

18

bumblebeeman

Caldwell-Pope, Adetokundo via T-MT/35

Leslie

Len/Burke/Oladipo/Noel/Porter/McLemore

6

Ragin17

Carter-Williams

Kadji

Len/Oladipo/Porter/Noel/Bennett/Burke

1

fccpw

Carter-Williams

T??/Rice

70

amiles2233

Carter-Williams

73

Kevin Salvadori

Len

Ennis

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Bennett/McLemore/Burke

40

1damutt

Len

Snell

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo/Bennett/Burke

56

coldjacket

McCollum

Bullock

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Oladipo/Burke

55

Gabraham

McCollum

Charles

Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/Len/Porter/McLemore

37

ItsCarl

McCollum

Charles

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Oladipo/Burke

34

jtkings13

McCollum

Ennis

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

5

lay-it-up-like-a-man

McCollum

Goodwin

Len/Noel/Bennett/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo

64

TIBXKing

McCollum

Leslie

Porter/Oladipo/Bennett/Noel/McLemore/Len

22

Sir Lurksalot

McCollum

Mitchell

Len/Noel/Bennett/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo

14

Sac King

McCollum

Muscala

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo/Len/Burke

52

Greg Wissinger

McCollum

Muscala

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Bennett/McLemore/Burke

50

PhutureKings

McCollum

Nogueira

Len/Noel/Porter/Oladipo/Bennett/McLemore

63

Bluejohn

McCollum

Roberson

31

monoopti

McCollum

Snell

Noel/Len/McLemore/Porter/Oladipo/Burke

25

nealtastic

McCollum

Southerland

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

28

nicolex

McCollum

Southerland

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

36

El_Wray

McCollum

Southerland

Noel/Burke/Porter/Oladipo/Len/Bennett

12

A Night At The Arco

McCollum

T25/Snell

Noel/Porter/Len/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

48

CrownedPotential

McCollum

T26/Snell

Len/Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

54

Dirkula

McCollum

T27/Hardaway Jr.

66

10KingsFan10

McCollum

T27/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore

4

Aykis16

McCollum

T27/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

15

Czar Nickoli

McCollum

T27/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

38

Dub_TC

McCollum

T27/Snell

Noel/Burke/Porter/Len/McLemore/Oladipo

41

$KInsElite$

McCollum

T27/Snell

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Len/McLemore/Burke

27

DougChristieKO

McCollum

T28/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

44

AnotherStupidSN

McCollum

Thomas

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Oladipo/Burke

53

rancho king

McCollum

Thomas

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/Len/McLemore/Bennett

60

tough as nails' spence

McCollum

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Oladipo/Burke

69

rKINGm

McCollum, Dieng via T-IT/19

T31/Snell

Len/Oladipo/Porter/Noel/McLemore/Burke

32

Cincy Kings Fan

McCollum, Dieng via T-JF/27

Bullock

Noel/Oladipo/Len/McLemore/Porter/Burke

61

SolidWarSnake

McCollum, Muhammad via T-MT/18

Carmichael

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

45

swoosh91

McCollum, Snell via T-JF/24

Charles

Noel/Oladipo/Porter/McLemore/Len/Burke

29

2001nbachampions

McCollum, Snell viaT-?/23

Muscala

Len/Noel/Porter/McLemore/Oladipo/Burke

68

Scirocco

McCollum, Snell via T-JF/23 G.Green

Kadji

59

caseycheesecake

McLemore

Bullock

Len/Noel/Bennett/Porter/Oladipo/Zeller

35

sroufe

McLemore

Jerrett

Len/Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/Zeller/Porter

20

49ertrojanmann

McLemore

Muscala

Len/Oladipo/Bennett/Noel/Porter/Burke

72

esoteric NBA name

McLemore

Muscala

Len/Oladipo/Porter/Noel/Burke/Bennett

2

LaBradford

Muhammad

Jackson

Noel/Burke/Porter/Len/McLemore/Oladipo

9

KingsFan#1

Muhammad

Muscala

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/Burke

57

CloudyEyes

Muhammad

T23/Hardaway Jr.

Noel/Oladipo/McLemore/Len/Porter/Burke

42

connorfranklin3

Oladipo

Brown

Noel/McLemore/Porter/Len/Bennett/Burke

51

Gravymonkey

Oladipo

Leslie

Len/McLemore/Porter/Noel/Zeller/Bennett

39

Da1Underdog

Oladipo

T27/Muscala

Len/McLemore/Bennett/Porter/Burke

30

recklessmonkey

Porter

Muscala

Len/McLemore/Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/Burke

21

49ersDude

Porter

Len/Oladipo/McLemore/Bennett/Noel/Burke

65

shaanashraf7

Porter

67

TitleChaser

Porter, Dieng via T-JF/26

Wolters

Noel/Oladipo/Bennett/Len/McLemore/Burke

58

scottymusprime

Porter, Muhammad via t-JF/14

T27/Hardaway Jr.

Len/Noel/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore/Burke

11

section214

T11&35/Muhammad, Muscala via T35/28

Charles

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

49

Fredman

T7&JF/14&21 Dieng & Snell

Wolters

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

23

Sactown_Loyalty19

Zeller

T23/Snell

Len/Noel/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/McLemore

19

betweentheeyes

Zeller

Thomas

Noel/Len/Porter/Bennett/Oladipo/McCollum

Good luck to you, and better luck to the Kings!

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