The Sacramento Kings struggled during the NBA Draft and continue to not have any real draft success

The Sacramento Kings are once again in the spotlight for the upcoming draft lottery.

The Sacramento Kings’ drafting woes have been the subject of much discussion over the years. The Kings have a long history of snubbing star players and missing out on draft picks, which has earned them a reputation as a team to avoid during the draft season.

There has been a significant role played by poor drafting and questionable personnel decisions since their last postseason appearance in 2005-06, which is the second-longest playoff drought in North American sports behind the Mariners.

For the time being, the Kings hold the No. 4 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, ahead of the Pistons and behind the Rockets. While Jabari Smith Jr., Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero appear to be the top three picks, the Kings at number four could set the tone for the draft.

REPORTS: Smith Jr.; Holmgren; Banchero; and Ivey.

Apparently, the Kings are interested in Purdue’s Jaden Ivey. The Kings appear doomed to make the same mistakes they have in the past if those rumors are true. A look at the reasons why Ivey’s move to the Kings is a bad idea.

If the Kings don’t draft Jaden Ivey, why should they?

To be clear, this is not a slam on Ivey; he just wouldn’t work out in California. If Ivey’s style is too similar to that of De’Aaron Fox, that backcourt won’t be viable for the Kings right now.

Averaging 5.8 assists per game in his second and final season at Purdue, Ivey’s usage percentage was nearly 30 percent. Averaging 5.6 assists per game and a usage rate of just under 30%, Fox was a valuable member of the team last season.

Worse, the Kings entered last season with a guard in Tyrese Haliburton who was a perfect complement to Fox. Fox and Ivey both improved their three-point percentages from the previous season, but neither was able to match Haliburton’s 41 percent mark from the year before. Many experts were perplexed when the Kings traded Haliburton to the Indiana Pacers just before the deadline.

Jaden Ivey, aka the next Ja Morant, should not be overlooked.

It would be a huge disservice to the Kings’ plans for Fox if they selected Ivey after trading Haliburton. As a result of the Haliburton deal, they would be drafting into the same problem they faced before.

Unless he’s going to be traded, the only reason to pick a carbon copy of Fox is because of his five-year contract. A deal involving Fox would put an end to the speculation that has swirled around his name for some time. When it comes to shooting guards, even Bennedict Mathurin appears to be a better fit for the Kings.

Ivey is a capable player who can make an immediate impact on a squad. Just look up at Portland and see what happens when two ball-dominant guards are in the backcourt at the same time. Fox-Ivey has the potential to be the next C.J. McCollum or Damian Lillard. A team that is entertaining to watch but unlikely to win a championship in the near future.

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Are you familiar with the Kings draft record?

Until 2020, Monte McNair had no prior experience as a general manager in the National Hockey League (NHL). However, the track record is already bleak.

No. 9 in 2021 will be Davion Mitchell.

Davion Mitchell was drafted ninth by McNair last year, which is outside the norm for a player to make an immediate impact. Herb Jones, the Pelicans’ No. 35 pick, was one of the few players selected after him to make an immediate impact and was a pleasant surprise.

Runner-up in 2020: Tyrese Haliburton, 12th

McNair is to be commended for the Kings’ selection of Haliburton at No. 12. Haliburton is a gem in the rough, with a career efficiency average of more than ten percent. Plus, what else? To Haliburton’s delight, Sacramento was the place to be.

With Richaun Holmes already on the roster, they bungled the future of Haliburton by trading him to the Pacers for Damontas Sabonis.

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2018, No. 2 Marvin Bagley

Is there anything else that can be said about this pick that hasn’t already been said? Probably not. It’s not quite as bad as Darko Milicic, but it’s one of the few recent picks that can challenge it.

The Kings had their pick of Luka Doncic and Trae Young after DeAndre Ayton was selected first overall. Instead of DeMarcus Cousins, they selected Bagley with the second pick.

The biggest draft blunder of every team: Bagley over Doncic

He entered MVP considerations while Bagley was losing his place in the starting lineup. Bagley’s selection over Doncic in 2018 seemed odd, and it still does.

This year’s No. 6 seed is Willie Cauley-Stein.

When Willie Cauley-Stein was selected, the Kings’ future with Cousins was still up in the air. While the defensive presence of the Kentucky center drew the Kings’ attention, it also raised questions about the pick’s high position.

Caulley-former Stein’s Kentucky teammate Devin Booker ended up 13th in the draft by the Phoenix Suns. Cauley-Stein was never able to establish himself in Sacramento, and as his career progressed, he became a journeyman.

2014: Nik Stauskas, 8th place.

A sharpshooter at Michigan, Nik Stauskas was another player the Kings were blinded by in college, but he failed to make an impact in the NBA. He was traded to Philadelphia along with Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, and a future first-round draft pick in 2016 and 2017 for Artras Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovi after just one season in Sacramento.

Thomas Robinson was ranked fifth in 2012

A terrible selection in 2012 has almost been forgotten. Thomas Robinson only lasted one season in Sacramento before he was sent to Houston in a trade.

Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Ross, and Damian Lillard were the next four picks in the draft. Barnes and Sabonis are two players the Kings could have drafted, but didn’t, and paid premium money to join them later, making Barnes and Sabonis two players the Kings could have drafted, but didn’t.

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Defending champion: DeMarcus Cousins, No. 5 in 2010

Despite his flaws, Cousins was a rock for the Sacramento Kings. He spent six seasons with them before being traded to the Pelicans, and in many ways he was a model for what a modern big man should be like today. In the course of his career, Cousins developed his shot and his game, but the Kings were never able to get the most out of him until he was traded to New Orleans in 2013. Buddy Hield was acquired by the Kings as part of the deal, which was a positive development for the franchise.

But Hield was part of the deal that sent him to Indiana, resulting in yet another player they couldn’t get to work.

Tyreke Evans was the fourth-ranked athlete in 2009

No, they couldn’t have drafted him. Yes. Absolutely. The fact that they didn’t, given their apparent focus on results, is surprising. When he graduated from college, many teams doubted Curry’s abilities, but he’s always been able to provide solid explanations for any questions they’ve had about his abilities.

During his first season with the Kings, Evans averaged 20 points per game. Because of Evans’ inconsistency and streakiness, the Kings traded him rather than signing him to a new contract because they didn’t want to risk losing him for free.

Curry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jrue Holiday are the only other members of this class who are making an impact, so Evans will go down as another snub.

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There must be a problem with how the Los Angeles Kings select players.

Prior to the current regime, many of the Kings’ misses were blue-blood prospects with a lot of flaws in their game. Among the newcomers: Bagley went to Duke, Cauley-Stein opted for Kentucky, Stauskas opted for Michigan, Robinson opted for Kansas, Cousins opted for Kentucky.

The NBA is a completely different animal than the colleges where those players previously played. Even the worst college team is a long way ahead of the Kings when it comes to building blogs.

The Kings’ inability to cultivate young talent is a major source of concern for the organization. Though Haliburton attended Iowa State while Mitchell graduated from Baylor, it appears that McNair is broadening the net, but the next step is to turn the talent into success.

There is no way to know for sure, but the Kings must support their current stars rather than starting over each season. In the event that they select Ivey with the No. 4 overall pick, they should expect some growing pains with Fox until he is eventually traded. It’s hard to imagine how the two could coexist.