(Photo from Sactown Royalty) In 1994 Geoff Petrie took over an organization that had been known as perennial losers. The former Blazer took the Kings organization and made them contenders.
Sacramento could never get over the hump though against a very formidable Lakers team in 2002 when the two met in the Western Conference Finals. As the players grew older, the team became less competitive and had to tear down what he had built.
Now Sacramento is on the rebound and looking primed for another playoff appearance in the next few years.
Petrie has the Kings organization primed to make a run at a big time player this summer with a boat load of cap room and lots of expiring contracts; the Kings could even make a big trade at the deadline.
Some honorable mention for other Kings players are Francisco Garcia and Spencer Hawes. Garcia was a great pick at 23 in 2005, but Hawes is still a big question mark right now due to marginal play and questionable work ethic.
Oh, and big shout out to second round pick Jabari Smith for when Flip Saunders picked him to shoot two technicals late in a game and sank both of them.
Anyway, this article is not about the runner-ups, but those who were the best picks made by Geoff Petrie.