With the 6th pick in the 2014 NBA draft the Sacramento Kings select...completely depends on Isaiah Thomas. Rudy Gay is not opting out of his 18 million dollar contract because Rudy Gay was not dropped on his head recently. Sure, the opportunity to get a long-term deal for enhanced job security is fine and dandy, but why would he opt out of making 18 million in a year for getting make 9 a year over the next 3? The Kings have an elite talent at center, a top-level small forward, as well as a shooting guard prospect who has a higher ceiling than any other shooting guard in this years draft. That leaves two spots, power forward and point guard. When the Kings are on the clock, I predict that Dante Exum, Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart and Dario Saric will all be available. Two point guard prospects and two power forwards. Exum and Smart are the better prospects, but Vonleh and Saric fill a position of need. Geoff Petrie would have probably resigned I.T., then gone after a power forward because it was the position of need. Pete D'Alessandro doesn't seem to have the same thought process. I think he goes the stockpile talent route and takes Dante Exum because Marcus Smart would probably punch Demarcus Cousins in a fit of rage. Not because Smart pushed a fan, but because I don't see Marcus Smart putting up with Cousins' and his antics. Or is Marcus Smart the guy who solidifies a culture? I see way too much Tyreke Evans in Marcus Smart for D'Alessandro to go after him though. He will be a better professional than Evans because of his drive, but I think Exum is the talent ceiling that the Kings draft. If I was choosing, I would go with Marcus Smart though, because I think he makes everyone around him better. I see Exum as more of a Russell Westbrook, a pg who is score first and passes later. I do see Isaiah Thomas returning to the Kings next year, because he is worth more to the Kings than he is anywhere else.
I see Adeian Payne out of Michigan State to be an ideal fit next to Demarcus Cousins, a stretch 4 who rebounds, plays defense, can protect the basket, and shoot the ball. I don't see him being a possibility for the areas the Kings will draft in, but I could see the Kings trying to trade up in the 2nd round because the front office is aggressive in making moves. A line-up of Thomas, Exum, Gay, Payne and Cousins would be scary. More than likely, Payne will be gone before the Kings draft, but your guess is as good as mine
Milwaukee - The Bucks will probably not draft Joel Embiid based on the fact that they extended Larry Sanders, and John Henson had an amazing season. I see them going with an upgrade at pg over Brandon Knight with Dante Exum, or more likely, Andrew Wiggins to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo for the next 10 years.
Philadelphia - The Sixers struck gold this past draft with Michael Carter-Williams exceeding expectations. Their tank job while trading away every other player was effective, and will win them the opportunity to draft the offensive juggernaut that is Jabari Parker, but I think the man in the middle being Joel Embiid goes to Philadelphia.
Orlando - The team that drafted Shaq, then Dwight would have loved for Embiid to fall (so to speak) to them, but the runner up prize will be Jabari Parker, who next to Victor Oladipo will anchor the Magic until Oladipo leaves in free agency in 3 years.
Lakers - The Lakers have needs at every position besides SG. Sure they need a replacement for when Kobe Bryant retires, but they need guys around him now. I see Gasol being more valuable to the Lakers than anyone else, so he stays in LA for another year and Julius Randle comes to LA to be a vicious 3rd option for that Laker team. they could go with Dante Exum, but I think the win-now approach is there so Randle makes the most sense.
Celtics - The Celtics have Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo and little else. Dante Exum is the next best player in the draft, but he doesn't fit with Rondo unless you have him play 2-guard for the short-term. I see the Celtics drafting either Noah Vonleh, or more probable...Aaron Gordon.