DRAFT TRADE: Kings acquire two future second-round picks and cash considerations in trade with Portland Trail Blazers for 37th overall pick Gary Trent Jr.
Areas Of Strength
Do the Sacramento Kings have their backcourt of the present and future? It appears so, with Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox producing mostly promising work, especially as the season progressed. And there’s also Bogdan Bogdanovic, who gave the Kings a young and very effective three-guard rotation (with Bogdanovic also seeing time at small forward). Therefore, the Kings can go about resolving needs elsewhere and allowing this unit to properly grow and bond together.
Are there any mainstays on the front line? Not really, at least none bringing star quality and long-term prosperity. The one wild card is Harry Giles, who was drafted last season but did not play while mending from injury. Old men Zach Randolph and Vince Carter saw more time than you’d like for a team that’s embarking on a youth movement and clearly playing for the future. The Kings have important decisions to make with big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere, who are entering make-or-break seasons.
Two Stats That Matter
12 -- With the Minnesota Timberwolves having reached the playoffs this season, the Kings' 12-year playoff drought is the longest active streak (and tied for the third longest drought in NBA history).
38 percent -- The Kings allowed their opponents to take 38 percent of their shots from 3-point range. That was the highest opponent rate in the league.
-- John Schuhmann
The Way To Go
With the No. 2 overall pick, the Kings can go in various directions: Size, swingman-ability or at forward. The candidates are Mo Bamba, Marvin Bagley or Luka Doncic, assuming Deandre Ayton is off the board by then. All are solid options. The best choice here would be Bagley, who can play multiple positions on the front line, which gives flexibility, and brings a solid feel for the game. Bagley is more polished than Bamba while Doncic was a superstar overseas yet lacks the athletic ability that would remove all doubts about his ability to make the transfer to the NBA style of play.
2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 101.1 (29th)
Defensive: 108.9 (27th)
G: De’Aaron Fox
G: Frank Mason
G: Bogdan Bogdanovic
G: Buddy Hield
F: Justin Jackson
F: Harry Giles
F: Skal Labissiere
C: Willie Cauley-Stein
G: Iman Shumpert (player option)
F: Zach Randolph (unrestricted)
F: Vince Carter (unrestricted)
F: Garrett Temple (player option)
F: Bruno Caboclo (restricted)
C: Kosta Koufas (player option)
Recent Draft History
2017: De’Aaron Fox (5), Zach Collins (10), traded to Portland, Frank Mason III (34).
2016: Marquese Chriss (8), traded to Phoenix; Isaiah Cousins (59).
2015: Willie Cauley-Stein (6)
2014: Nik Stauskas (8)
2013: Ben McLemore (7), Ray McCallum (36)
2012: Thomas Robinson (5), Orlando Johnson (36)
-- Shaun Powell