The Sacramento Kings have not been contenders in the West ever since the days of Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, and Peja Stojakovic. It has been nearly two decades and the Kings seem to find themselves consistently in the top 10 of the NBA draft rather than anywhere else. One would think that if they were rebuilding for that long then a contender should have been built, but that is not the case. They find themselves at the bottom of the barrel every year and can not get themselves out of this hole.
The Kings are almost like the Philadelphia 76ers, but the difference is one team has to go through top western teams about three to four times a year while the other has to go through the less talented East. The Sixers and Kings were the contenders at the same time when Lakers dynasty was in play, but so far the more successful team has been the Sixers with their draft picks and free agent signings. The Kings should follow suit on the blueprint of the Sixers and “Trust the Process.”
The NBA has changed so much that teams would draft a big man and usually build around him, but now teams are building a team of guards and leaving the center position as the final piece. If we look at the Kings roster, they have three- four guards that they can build around which include De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Frank Mason III, and we can also add Garrett Temple. They also have two young forwards in Harry Giles and Justin Jackson. Their most reliable big man is Willie Cauley-Stein and he is a great center, but they need another power forward/center to really make a dynamic duo in the front court. It is a young squad at the moment and these pieces need a couple years to mesh together.
In the upcoming draft, there are a plethora of power forwards that the Kings can draft and develop to form a playoff contending team in the near future. A few names out there are Marvin Bagley III from Duke, Mohamed Bamba from Texas, and Jaren Jackson Jr from Michigan State. Those are the top three draft prospects at the power forward and are all at 6’11. These three players can make a difference to any bad team’s front court and teams who have top five picks should consider them. If the Kings can draft one of them and keep their back court the way it is and add on in free agency, then the Kings can actually be developing a playoff contender team and make themselves a free agent destination for future free agents.