2014 Draft Picks: Round 1 - Pick 8
Areas of Strength
The Kings finished second in rebounding percentage, obviously a very good showing but especially sine DeMarcus Cousins, at 11.7 per game, was the only one to average more than eight. Gang rebounding can be a good thing.
The offseason focus will be on improving the defense, finding a distrubutor and adding a 3-point threat to provide air support for Cousins and Rudy Gay (who recently said he's opting in for 2014-15). The Kings finished 27th behind the arc by percentage. That makes it even, then. They couldn’t defend the three either.
Two Stats That Matter
4 -- Consecutive seasons Cousins has increased his shooting percentage, while showing range for a big man.
30 -- League rank in assists.
The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
While the Kings have made it clear around the league they prefer to trade the pick rather than wait for another prospect to develop, they are in a very good spot if they do use the choice. They need a point guard who will deliver the ball and are among the camps that think Marcus Smart can get there. They need defense, and Aaron Gordon could be on the board at eight. They need shooting, and Doug McDermott is in that range. Smart would be more of a risk, but any of the three makes sense.
2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 105.7 (20th)
Defensive: 108.8 (23rd)
F/C: Quincy Acy
C/F: DeMarcus Cousins
F: Reggie Evans
F: Carl Landry
G: Ray McCallum
G: Ben McLemore
F: Travis Outlaw
F: Jason Thompson
F: Derrick Williams
F: Rudy Gay (player option)
C: Aaron Gray
G: Isaiah Thomas
Recent Draft History
2013: Ben McLemore (7), Ray McCallum (36)
2012: Thomas Robinson (5), Orlando Johnson (36)
2011: Jimmer Fredette (10), Tyler Honeycutt (35), Isaiah Thomas (60)
2010: DeMarcus Cousins (5), Hassan Whiteside (33)
2009: Tyreke Evans (4), Omri Casspi (23)
-- Scott Howard-Cooper