How much longer can Geoff Petrie coast on what he did in the past?
Petrie has been the president of basketball operations for the Sacramento Kings since 1995. Petrie is credited with constructing the "Greatest Show on Court," the Kings squad that featured Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Peja Stojaković in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Petrie turned the Kings franchise around when he traded Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe to the Washington Wizards for Webber. The Kings enjoyed years of success, but ultimately, won nothing.
Father time continued its undefeated streak, and eventually, the "Greatest Show on Court" got too old. Slowly, the key players who made the Kings fun and exciting were traded away.
The Kings have not made the playoffs since 2005-06. Despite six consecutive years in the NBA draft lottery, Petrie has not drafted the players capable of returning the Kings back to the top of the Western Conference.
DeMarcus Cousins was a great pick in the 2010 NBA draft, but the Kings were lucky Cousins even fell that far. Other than Cousins, the Kings' top draft picks since 2006 have been Quincy Douby, Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson, Tyreke Evans, Omri Casspi and Jimmer Fredette.
Three of those players are no longer on the roster, two are role players at best, and Evans has been so mismanaged to the point where it's probably best for him to move to a new environment.
Petrie has also failed to hire a competent head coach since he chose not to re-sign Rick Adelman in 2006. There was Eric Musselman, then Reggie Theus, then Kenny Nat, then Paul Westphal, and now, Keith Smart.
Hiring a bad coach can set a franchise back years, and it's usually a costly mistake for a general manager. How come Petrie has hired and fired four coaches since 2006 and still has a job? Look no further than the Maloofs—the brothers who somehow continue to own the Kings despite having no money.
Not only has Petrie drafted and hired coaches poorly, but there's also a list of bad moves he's made in trades and free agency. It's time for Petrie to deliver. The Kings desperately need talent, and with the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft, talent will be there.
Petrie just needs to make the right pick. If Petrie misses, he needs to go. Reputation can only keep you your job for so long.