NBA Draft 2010: Sacramento Kings Could Be Going Big
The Sacramento Kings made headlines during the NBA Finals by dealing for Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert, which naturally left people wondering how that would affect the team's draft strategy.
The Kings are sitting at the No. 5 spot in the draft.
In other words, way after John Wall and Evan Turner are off the board.
Provided that the Kings do not trade up or down in the draft, the best players available at the fifth position are all big men.
So does that mean the Kings are trying to build a young frontcourt to complement their young star, Tyreke Evans?
Or are they planning on reaching for a guard who is projected to go later in the lottery?
Read on to see the top four big men the Kings might have on their radar to pair with Dalembert.
Yes, he has drawn comparisons to Derrick Coleman.
His work ethic has been questioned.
He does not have extensive experience in the college game.
Here's what can't be questioned: 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.
All while playing just 23.5 minutes a game.
Cousins made the other college centers look like boys on the court.
Of course, that was when he was in the game.
He had fantastic production considering his limited playing time.
Now he has to prove he can be equally as dominant when playing at the NBA level, when playing more than 23 minutes per contest, and when playing without John Wall.
That's a lot of uncertainty, but Cousins has the most upside of any big man in this year's draft.
"Potential" is always a buzzword around drafts, and Cousins is nowhere near reaching his.
If Cousins is available, expect the Kings to take a chance on him.
The chances Derrick Favors falls to No. 5 is very slim.
If it happens though, the chances the Kings will take him are very good.
Favors is projected to go to the Nets with the third pick or the Timberwolves with the fourth pick, and for good reason.
Widely considered a terrific athlete with the most upside outside of Wall and Turner, Favors is a 6'10'' power forward with tremendous leaping ability and a freakish wingspan (7'4'').
His numbers are not as good as Cousins', but he played more minutes and his drive has never been questioned.
With an average of more than two blocks per game at Georgia Tech, Favors and Dalembert would wreak havoc on opposing offenses in the paint.
But Don't get your hopes up because it's doubtful Favors will fall this far.
Monroe is pretty much universally slated to go between picks six and nine.
Many experts expect him to be taken just after Cousins.
But if the Kings question Cousins' commitment and work ethic, could they take a flier on Monroe?
Monroe showed steady growth from his freshman to sophomore year at Georgetown, upping his scoring, rebounding, and passing.
His field goal percentage took a slight dip, but that's largely because he was expected to do more and shoot more frequently.
At 6'11'', he also possesses great athleticism and would make a great partner for Dalembert in the post.
He also has better size than most athletic power forwards coming out of college, so the Kings would not have to worry about him getting bullied in the paint.
Monroe is the most likely pick for the Kings if they have any qualms with Cousins.
It could be argued that Monroe is actually a better player than Favors, but does not have as much potential.
Just another 6'10'' power forward with a seven-footer's wingspan.
They are plentiful in this portion of the draft.
Davis played for North Carolina, which, despite its recent struggles, is still a prestigious program.
Like the three previous players, he has a lot of untapped potential that is attractive to NBA teams.
Davis is not as strong as the other players, which is a major weakness and a sign that he might not be NBA-ready from day one.
His statistics from college are comparable to the others, as he nearly averaged a double-double in his sophomore season.
However those numbers came in a limited 23 games.
Davis needs to either add muscle to compete down low, or develop a better midrange jumper to become a versatile small forward.
He's not ready to make an immediate impact, and that's what the Kings are looking for.
At least one of the three previous players will be available, and each one should be higher on the Kings' board than Davis.