For at least 18 months, it has been widely known and accepted that John Wall would go on to become the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
With his rare combination of elite size, extraterrestrial athleticism, and his enormous skill set, it has been a mere formality that Wall would one day be the first to shake David Stern's hand.
After watching the 2009-10 NBA season unfold, there is one team that would decline the opportunity to make John Wall the No. 1 overall pick.
That team is the Sacramento Kings.
The reason is because that vacancy has been filled by the young phenom Tyreke Evans.
Geoff Petrie knows basketball. As the architect of the Kings since 1994, Petrie certainly realizes that Tyreke Evans already fills the role of the dominant ball-handling guard who makes the offense purr.
A Wall-Evans backcourt would resemble something like Dwyane Wade and Brandon Roy trying to play together. Two immensely talented guards, but whose skill sets are so eerily similar there is no way any NBA GM would dare pair the two. (It should be noted that Isiah Thomas started Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury together. I don't recall that working out particularly well.)
The Kings are in full-scale rebuilding mode. The roster is desperate for talent and improvement across the board.
Sacramento liked what they saw from the pairing of Jason Thompson and Carl Landry in their four months together, nonetheless particular attention should still be paid to the front court.
With two potential All-Star big men primed for the taking in DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors, it simply wouldn't be prudent to select John Wall.
This is no knock on Wall whatsoever. Barring injury, he has the talent to become a perennial All-Star point guard. His game resembles that of Derrick Rose's to near perfection.
However, the one position the Kings do not need to address is point guard.
That leads to Evan Turner, who would be a distinct possibility with the No. 1 pick should Sacramento get it. Turner was asked to play a point forward of sorts for Thad Motta's Buckeyes a year ago, but I think he's more than capable of playing off the ball as well.
His shooting range and high basketball IQ would work fluidly alongside Tyreke Evans. Turner, the 2010 winner of the John R. Wooden Award, will be able to play extended minutes at the shooting guard spot in addition to his projected small forward slot.
Such versatility will help his draft stock tremendously.
The Sacramento Kings are a long shot to win the Draft Lottery. They finished with the third-worst record in the NBA, resulting in having 156 out of the 1,000 ping pong balls.
The franchise knows first hand that the amount of ping pong balls you have is irrelevant, as they missed out on the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft despite having overwhelming odds to win it.
The New Jersey Nets have the best chance (25 percent) at winning the NBA Draft Lottery due to their league-worst 12-70 mark.