With the promise of (hopefully) another high lottery pick for the Sacramento Kings today at 5 p.m., it seemed appropriate to take a look at the track record of their President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie.
Since their last playoff appearance in 2006, watching Kings basketball has been brutal, to say the very least.
In that six year drought, the Kings have have not had a winning season. In the last three, their combined record is 71-159, and one season prior to that set a franchise low in wins with 17. To call their cellar dwelling a fall from grace doesn't seem to fit. It's felt more like having a knife plunged into my chest while being told it's alright, things will get better.
Things are clearly not getting better, that knife keeps going deeper in my chest.
Perhaps that hyperbole is a little over-dramatic. Overblown or not, the fact remains that the Kings are still a mediocre team at best, and a team that firmly sits in the bottom third of the league.
Through all the personnel changes on and off the court, one constant remains outside of the buffoons owning the team. The constant being the brains of the front office, Petrie.
His two accomplishments that were indicative of his abilities came over a decade ago, winning Executive of the Year in 1999 and 2001, since then the product on the court has only declined steadily.
Through it all, their have been questionable trades and signings that could be their own articles, but one area Petrie always appeared to have it together was in the way he evaluated talent.
However, since drafting a number solid players, including Peja Stojakovic, Jason Williams, Hedo Turkoglu, Gerald Wallace and Kevin Martin to name a few, the decision making has become questionable.
Anybody will admit that Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins have boundless potential, but there are some other directions the Kings could have, and perhaps should have gone in those drafts and years prior. We'll start from when they began missing the playoffs, with the 2006 draft.