Kings select Kansas guard Ben McLemore with the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Areas of Strength
Hmmmm. Long pause. This may take some time. They have some nice guys on the team? I got nothing. Normally, the All-Star potential of DeMarcus Cousins would be an obvious building block, but not anymore with the lack of dependability.
The defense, the rebounding, the atmosphere around the organization after so many unsettled years, the never-ending uncertainty surrounding ownership, management and coaching. The Kings have been constantly trying for a fresh start and can't get it.
Two Stats That Matter
7 -- Consecutive seasons in the lottery.
1 -- DeMarcus Cousins' rank in technical fouls in 2012-13.
The Way To Go
There is almost no wrong way to go for a team with so many holes, but also no top prospect available at No. 7 in an underwhelming draft. Indiana power forward-center Cody Zeller makes sense if the Kings have decided to breakup with Cousins once and for all, a good possibility.
2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 103 (13th)
Defensive: 108.6 (29th)
C: DeMarcus Cousins
G: Jimmer Fredette
F/C: Chuck Hayes
F: Travis Outlaw
F: Patrick Patterson
F: John Salmons
G: Isaiah Thomas
F: Jason Thompson
G: Marcus Thornton
C: Cole Aldrich (unrestricted)
G: Toney Douglas (restricted)
G: Tyreke Evans (restricted)
F: James Johnson (restricted)
Recent Draft History
2012: Thomas Robinson (5)
2011: Jimmer Fredette (10), Tyler Honeycutt (35), Isaiah Thomas (60)
2010: DeMarcus Cousins (5), Hassan Whiteside (33)
2009: Tyreke Evans (5), Omri Casspi (23), Jeff Pendergraph (31)
2008: Jason Thompson (12), Sean Singletary (42), Patrick Ewing, Jr. (43)
-- Scott Howard-Cooper