By most accounts, the Kings are run by some good dudes.
But there’s a big difference between being humane and competently running a franchise.
In 2016, the franchise spent the No. 13 overall pick on Greek center Georgios Papagiannis, despite a roster already overpopulated at the position and despite the fact that he was (almost) universally considered a second-round prospect. He played 38 games with the Kings before they cut him. Thirty-eight!
A month later, Rudy Gay shed some light on the Sacramento front office’s sheer ineptitude.
Seven months after that, general manager Vlade Divac volunteered information that proved Gay’s point.
You get the picture: This is a punchline of a franchise, owned by a man who suggested his team deploy the cherry-picker strategy he’d used as the coach of his daughter’s rec league team.
And incoming draft prospects know it.
Draft prospects are reportedly doing their best to dodge Sacramento
“Who even wants to go to Sacramento? Because a lot of the top guys in this draft are openly trying to avoid going there,” ESPN draft knower Jonathan Givony said on “The Lowe Post” podcast. “Jaren Jackson, Mo Bamba, (Luka) Doncic — no medical for Sacramento. So, if they’re going to take one of these guys, they’re taking him blindly without knowing what is this person’s medical status going to be down the road.”
Can’t say I blame them! Even though the further one slides down the draft board, the more guaranteed millions they’re losing.
Fortunately for the Kings, there’s at least one guy projected to go in the top five of the 2018 NBA Draft who’d gladly play in Sacramento next season.
“I love it here, just being around all the people I’ve seen so far and met so far, just walking around the city, it’s a cool environment to be in,” Duke big man Marvin Bagley said after a workout in Sacramento. “Not only that, on the court, I feel like it’s a place where I can definitely focus, lock in, and get better. And that’s the main goal for me, to continue to grow as a player and get better.”
Have pity on this brave and/or misguided teenager.