clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Sacramento Kings All-Time Draft: Final Thoughts and Vote!

This isn't meant to be subliminal messaging at all
This isn't meant to be subliminal messaging at all
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We have drafted our 8-man teams over 8 rounds and 4 days and now it's time to vote on a winner which will be up to you.  You will only be able to judge a team by their tenure in Sacramento, but aside from that any judgement is up to you.

We've included statistical breakdowns of each team as well as some final thoughts from each of our GMs to aid you in your vote.  I just want to thank you guys and my fellow GMs for making this exercise so fun.  The feedback from you guys was awesome and I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did.

***

Team Blake aka "The Un4gettable 8"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Chris Webber 377 38.8 23.5 0.473 0.238 10.6 4.8 1.5 1.5
Kenny Smith 188 37.6 15.6 0.466 0.354 2.6 7.2 0.1 1.3
Rudy Gay 55 34.4 20.1 0.482 0.312 5.5 3.1 0.6 1.2
Samuel Dalembert 80 24.2 8.1 0.473 0 8.2 0.8 1.5 0.5
Eddie Johnson 163 30.5 18.7 0.469 0.297 4.7 2.9 0.2 0.6
Billy Owens 166 29.7 10.6 0.46 0.364 6.6 2.9 0.5 1
Rory Sparrow 80 29.7 10.4 0.491 0.397 2.3 4.5 0.2 1
Michael Smith 246 24.4 6.2 0.548 0.333 7.1 1.6 0.7 0.8

Final Thoughts:

I wanted to make sure everyone in my starting five had a clear position and I think I accomplished that, aside from Eddie Johnson who can slide to the three. But Eddie is also a good rebounder, which is helpful. I also like the size of my starting five: Kenny Smith (6'3''), Eddie Johnson (6'7''), Rudy Gay (6'8''), Chris Webber (6'10'') and Samuel Dalembert (6'11''). Having a big back court will be an advantage against teams like Kevin's (Spud Webb) and Greg's (Isaiah Thomas - yep, I said it!).

One problem with my team will be three-point shooting. While Eddie Johnson is a good scorer, he shot 20% and 31% from three in his two season in Sacramento. Kenny Smith wasn't all that much better and Rudy went 31% from three last season. Rory Sparrow shot 39% in his one season with the Kings, so he will have to bring it off the bench.

Overall though, I think I have a talented team that will mesh well and can let Webber be the focal point of the offense with quality options around him in Smith, Gay and Johnson. Dalembert is key as the goalie under the basket and my bench guys Billy Owens and Michael Smith will be serviceable. I think we can score with anyone, but teams that are bruisers may cause us trouble - yes, Brad's team. But that doesn't mean we are going to lose to them, just that we will get roughed up a little. After a few snarls from Webber, we will take Brad's team down. I also like that I was able to get players from pretty much every era of Kings basketball.

In the end, I really just want to see all of these teams computer simulated and see what happens.

Team Greg aka "Please Don't Boo My Team"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Mitch Richmond 517 37.8 23.3 0.453 0.404 3.7 4.1 0.3 1.3
Isaiah Thomas 216 29.1 15.3 0.447 0.36 2.5 4.8 0.1 1
Otis Thorpe 266 31.3 15.9 0.529 0 8.4 2.3 0.6 0.6
Jason Thompson 460 26.9 9.9 0.5 0.0389 7 1.1 0.7 0.5
Sarunas Marciulionis 53 19.6 10.8 0.452 0.408 1.6 2.2 0.1 1
Lawrence Funderburke 316 14.9 6.4 0.506 0.118 3.6 0.6 0.3 0.3
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 106 25.1 11.9 0.429 0.357 1.5 2.3 0.1 0.7
Patrick Patterson 41 23.7 7.6 0.459 0.333 5.2 1.1 0.4 0.6

Final Thoughts:

If I had it to do all over again, I would have taken Rudy Gay instead of Isaiah Thomas.  I was torn between the two, and decided to go with a point guard.  Gay would have given me a lot more flexibility throughout the remainder of the draft.  I like the team I ended up with, but that mistake haunted me.

Overall, I like my team, and I think it would play well as a unit.  I can go big with a lineup of JT, Thorpe, Patterson, Richmond, Abdul-Rauf, or I can go smaller with JT, Thorpe, Richmond and Marciulonis on the wings, and Isaiah.  Richmond obviously is the star of my team, but isn't the only one capable of carrying the load.  I've got reliable inside scoring from Thorpe, fake hustle from JT, and guys who can stretch the floor and open up my offense.  If I roll out Thorpe, Patterson, Marciulonis, Richmond, and Isaiah, the defense can't possibly pack the paint, allowing Isaiah or Richmond to carve up my opponents.

I'm not going to tell you I ended up with the best team, but I do think I ended up with a roster than would play well together.

Overall impressions: Akis has a strong draft.  Had he been higher in the draft order I think he would have destroyed us.  Brad is a madman who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Other than that, I learned that the Kings have spent many years with rosters full of underwhelming players.

I love Blake's team, mostly because I love Webber and Blake stole Rudy Gay from me.  Actually, Blake made a nasty habit of stealing guys I liked.  My pick would come up, and I'd have three guys in mind that I liked.  I'd pick one, and Blake would take the other two on the wraparound.  It was really annoying.  I like Blake's team, but I now hate Blake.

Team Kevin aka "It's gettin' Gortat in here... so take off all your clothes"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Peja Stojakovic 518 34.2 18.3 0.461 0.398 5 2 0.1 1
Brian Grant 182 29.1 13.4 0.501 0.238 7.1 1.4 1.3 0.6
Kevin Martin 331 30.6 17.1 0.449 0.386 3.7 1.9 0.1 1
Spud Webb 301 33.5 13.7 0.445 0.331 2.7 6.7 0.2 1.3
Scot Pollard 272 20.1 5.9 0.51 0 6 0.6 1 0.7
Rodney McCray 150 37.8 14.7 0.495 0.25 7.9 4.5 0.7 0.8
Ricky Berry 64 22 11 0.45 0.406 3.1 1.3 0.6 0.3
Jim Les 208 15.2 4.8 0.42 0.416 1.3 3.1 0.1 0.6

Final Thoughts:

Let me start by saying that It's clear that team "It's gettin' Gortat in here... so take off all your clothes" has been type casted as a bunch of 1 dimensional shooters. And while it's true that my teams shooting really jumps off the page at you, I think my team is much more than that. Statistically my team matches up pretty well against any team (except Blakes...) in just about every category. From the start I had to decide what to do with my 1st pick knowing that Webber and Richmond were off the board. Clearly I could have gone with DMC and built a team around a low post beast and that would have been a very popular choice. But I decided to try something different. I wanted to build a super fun, run and gun team, that would absolutely torch opponents on the break and from the perimeter. And with that in mind, Peja made perfect sense for me.

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the results. I think most of you will say that my biggest area of weakness is defense. No argument there. I knew I was going to have sacrifice in that area in order to build this kind of team. But while my team clearly isn't full of All-NBA caliber defenders, I don't think they're THAT bad collectively. In fact I think it's a pretty balanced group given how shallow the overall talent pool is. Despite any defensive deficiencies, I believe my squad's combination of shooting, low post D, and rebounding gives them the chance to hang with anyone on the board. Some of that isn't going to show up in my overall per game stats, especially points and rebounds, where i'm really hurt by the fact that I drafted two players who played 20 or fewer mpg. In fact, only Blake and Akis managed to avoid drafting more than 1 player who played fewer than 20mpg and it shows in the per game averages. When things didn't go my way in the middle rounds I ended up heavily banking on "per 36 mins" numbers to better demonstrate my teams overall potential.

My biggest regret is not grabbing a low post scoring threat to partner with Brian Grant in my starting five. However, I THOUGHT I had a fool proof plan to acquire one. I'd been banking quite heavily on Antoine Carr being available in the 6th round, so I felt comfortable grabbing Pollard 5th to add some rebounding and defense. Then freaking Bryant snaked Carr at the end of the 5th (hate you bro), and I had to scrap pretty much everything I had planned going forward. If i had it to do over again I wouldn't have put so much value in Brian Grant and I would have tried to grab a Center a round or two earlier. I could have gotten adequate production at the 4 in later rounds but the window to add a good 5 closed a couple rounds before I was ready to snatch one up.

Final Thoughts:

  • Blake's team is the cream of the crop here. I'm actually mad that we don't get to see the combination of Webber and Gay play when this is all done. In my opinion, the only team that's anywhere close to Blake's from top to bottom is Akis'. Those teams would be a TON of fun to watch. BUT SO WOULD MINE!!!!
  • This exercise has taught me that Peja is really undervalued. Knock it off everyone.
  • Brad is a functioning alcoholic.

Team Brad aka "Breaking Brad"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Ron Artest 167 38.4 18.9 0.431 0.349 5.9 3.6 0.7 2.2
Bobby Jackson 365 22.7 10.6 0.44 0.356 3.2 2.2 0.1 1
Bonzi Wells 52 32.4 13.6 0.463 0.222 7.7 2.8 0.5 1.8
Drew Gooden 1 26 12 0.49 0 13 2 0 0
Michael Stewart 81 21.7 4.6 0.48 0 6.6 0.8 2.4 0.4
Beno Udrih 296 32.3 12.6 0.481 0.361 3.1 4.7 0.1 1.1
Travis Outlaw 140 14.4 5.1 0.389 0.313 2.1 0.6 0.3 0.4
Jawann Oldham 54 17.5 5.5 0.476 0 5.6 0.6 2 0.2

Final Thoughts:

I channeled one of the foremost basketball experts in history to write my team recap... Frank Sinatra. I drafted my way...

(clears throat)

And Now, the end is near
And so I face, the final curtain,
I picked, a crazy crew, and they will win,
Of this I'm certain.
I planned, the whole draft board,
Sometimes someone, stole a guy away,
But more, much more than this, I drafted My Way.

Artest, Bonzi, and Drew
I got this group, and got attention
Bjax, and Yogi too, 
I want this crew, to cause such tension.
They'll cram, with man to man,
And get the ball, to go the right way,
But more, much more than this, I drafted my way.

Yes there are times, I'm sure you knew,
That I will lose, by quite a few, 
But through it all, we'll wear you out
From Panda's Friend, and down to Trout.
We'll get the ball, and you will fall,
I drafted my way!

Some love, some lauged, some cried
I'll have my share, of controversy
Jawhan, Beno and Ron, will cause you pain
That you'll be nursing.
We'll live, for you to die, and you will cry, and sigh, there's no polite way
for me to say, that you will lose,
I drafted my way.

Akis and Rob, Greg and Gortat,
Adam, West, Blake, your fights for naught!
To say you'll win, it truly feels, 
That I may laugh, so hard I keel.
The roster shows, I'll exchange blows, and win it MYYYYYYYYY WAY!

Yes, I drafted my way...

Team Akis aka "Cuzistani Red Flags"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
DeMarcus Cousins 291 30.4 17.9 0.462 0.148 10.2 2.4 1 1.4
Doug Christie 355 34.4 10.6 0.443 0.362 4.3 4.2 0.5 2
Danny Ainge 103 36.5 18.5 0.442 0.378 4.1 6.2 0.2 1.5
Lionel Simmons 454 39.7 12.8 0.433 0.305 6.2 3.3 0.8 1.1
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 158 25.5 10.7 0.496 0.19 4.8 1.7 0.5 0.6
Cuttino Mobley 43 38.7 17.8 0.44 0.424 3.9 3.4 0.5 1.2
Carl Landry 99 27.2 12.2 0.505 0.167 5 0.8 0.4 0.6
Tony Delk 46 14.8 6.4 0.43 0.225 1.9 1.2 0.1 0.8

Final Thoughts:

I was a little miffed when the draft order came out and I was picking 5th.  Still, I was able to grab one of the most talented players in Kings history in DeMarcus Cousins, although Cousins' best years are probably ahead of him.  Once I knew I wanted to build my team around Cousins, I decided to try to fit good leaders and veterans around him.  Aside from Cousins and Simmons, every one of my players has playoff experience.

I also think I have one of the deeper if not the deepest team from this draft from top to bottom. I also like the versatility of my team in that I have several players who can do multiple things.  I don't think I have one player on my team that would be considered a "specialist".

I do wish that I had been able to pair a shotblocker with Cousins but I didn't find one that I really liked throughout the draft that trumped the talent available.  I think Blake has a better starting lineup than mine but I do prefer my bench.  I was upset that guys like Gay and Johnson managed to fall to him.   Brad's team has a fun theme although I think he missed out on drafting Michael Smith as another bruiser and the Gooden pick was a bit of a gimmick.  I will say that his pick of Oldham was inspired given his shotblocking and rebounding ability (much better on both counts than Smith).  Kevin's team would have been one of my favorite teams if he was able to draft a post-presence and have an inside-outside game going.  That being said, I love all his shooting.

Team Robby aka "The Personal Preferences"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Vlade Divac 454 30.1 11.4 0.478 0.246 7.8 3.7 1.2 1
Jason Williams 208 33 11.3 0.384 0.301 2.7 6.3 0.1 1.5
Corliss Williamson 466 22.9 10.8 0.492 0.125 3.8 1.3 0.3 0.6
Gerald Wallace 138 9.7 3.4 0.441 0.077 2.1 0.5 0.3 0.4
Keon Clark 80 22.3 6.7 0.501 0 5.6 1 1.9 0.5
Jim Jackson 63 20.8 7.7 0.442 0.451 4.2 1.9 0.1 0.5
Tyus Edney 150 25.7 9 0.402 0.328 2.1 4.8 0 1
Darius Songaila 154 17.2 6.1 0.512 0 3.7 1.1 0.2 0.6

Final Thoughts:

Apparently we're supposed to use this space to defend why we think our team is best. However I do not think my team is best. Or really close to best. I think my team is interesting. But interesting is only ever really considered a compliment when used to describe modern art or A Song of Ice and Fire theories. I like the fact that, once you get past the first few logical players you pick, all of these selections become a sort of Rorschach test of personal preferences. Jim Jackson is probably my all-time favorite King. And he was massively important to that 2002-03 team. But that isn't really reflected in the stats, and he was here for not even an entire year, so if you don't actually remember him playing he seems like a curious pick. Ultimately I chose a roster of players I had a disproportionate amount of affection for as Kings. And as is always the case with affection, you lose an ability to be objective or maintain perspective. Consequently I'm calling my team the Personal Preferences.

Also I probably shouldn't have drafted Gerald Wallace. Though I honestly was going to reach for Stauskas. Because he can shoot. I need shooting. And he's already one of my favorites.

Team Adam

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Mike Bibby 476 35.7 17.6 0.439 0.377 3.2 5.4 0.2 1.2
Brad Miller 385 34.5 13.3 0.489 0.334 8.6 4 0.9 0.9
Tyreke Evans 357 34.9 17.5 0.449 0.276 4.8 4.8 0.4 1.4
Hedo Turkoglu 221 19.9 7.5 0.42 0.358 3.4 1.4 0.3 0.6
Francisco Garcia 462 22.2 8.3 0.433 0.36 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.8
Duane Causwell 429 19.4 5.5 0.516 0.286 4.7 0.5 1.6 0.5
Marcus Thornton 196 28.9 14.4 0.429 0.353 3.2 1.7 0.1 1.1
Harold Pressley 299 22.7 9 0.437 0.358 4.5 2.1 0.6 0.9

Final Thoughts:

Well, it just so happened that the majority of this draft was conducted while the family and I were making last second family bonding plans before I left to Charlottesville, VA for college.  The majority of this draft was essentially completed in the bathroom of Raging Waters.  Behind this nurturing environment and a hastily memorized draft board I took to crafting a team built around two players who were dealt away as salary cap albatrosses but made their money as premier players on some really good Sacramento teams (Bibby and Miller).  I was hoping Rudy Gay would be available to form a Big 3 but once he got snagged I decided just to surround these guys with 3 point shooters and defenders.  I'd quickly come to learn that trying to find a premier shot-blocker in Kings' history is some needle in a haystack level work.  Tyreke Evans was chosen as the secondary ball handler to allow Bibby to play off the ball some, but if that pairing doesn't work the option remains to bring Evans off the bench as a super sixth man.  Essentially my team is going to be built around the two man games of Bibby/Evans and Miller, with three point shooters to keep the defense honest.  I think I speak for all draftees when I offer thanks to Brad for drafting the way we did. Left us all with some good options.

Team Bryant aka "How the West was Won"

Name Games Played MPG PPG FG% 3P% RPG AST BLK STL
Reggie Theus 234 36.1 20 0.474 0.227 3.4 8.3 0.2 1.1
Wayman Tisdale 370 33.8 18.4 0.509 0 7.2 1.6 0.8 0.7
LaSalle Thompson 274 25.8 11.4 0.487 0.167 8.3 1.5 1.3 0.9
Walt Williams 238 30 14.9 0.43 0.33 4.4 3.3 0.7 1.2
Antoine Carr 110 31.4 19.7 0.503 0 5.4 2.3 1.2 0.5
Jon Barry 167 18.1 6.1 0.437 0.373 2.1 2.3 0.1 0.9
John Salmons 353 30 10.7 0.445 0.363 3.5 2.9 0.3 0.9
Olden Polynice 345 30.1 10.8 0.495 0.167 8.8 1.2 0.8 0.6

Final Thoughts:

Aside from Akis' squad, I personally think my team is deepest. While we don't have the star power that Blake, Greg or Akis have, and I lack a single defining skill that Kevin's (elite shooting) and Brad's (pestering jackassery and made up names) squads have in abundance.

I have two major regrets for the draft - I bolstered my forward spot with Walt Williams when I absolutely should have gone with Spud Webb, which would have allowed Reggie to move to the two-guard spot. My mistake cost me the chance at a real point guard, as Spud was really the last starting level point left. My second regret was snagging Jon Barry instead of the better Cuttino Mobley, who I forgot existed.

All in all, though, I think my team could contend at the 3-5 spot in a potential league of these players. Where we lack in star power, we make up for in depth (Salmons, Carr and Polinyce off the bench? Yes please!) and I believe I have the best big man core (the vastly under-appreciated Tisdale, Thompson, Carr and Polynice - combining their career averages in Sacramento gives me 59.4 points, 29.7 rebounds and 4.2 blocks a game on a combined 50.2% shooting). Only team Blake (CWebb and Sammy D) and Akis (Boogie, Lionel Simmons and SAR) can battle my squad down low. Add in my three good three-point shooters (Salmons, Barry and a decent Williams) and I've got a balanced team.