2011 NBA Draft: Loser -- Kings Should Have Waited for Brandon Knight
The Sacramento Kings gambled, heavily, when they traded away the No. 7 pick in order to pick Jimmer Fredette, assuming that the point guard they coveted, Brandon Knight, would have been off the board by the time they picked.
None of the players expected to be available at No. 7 fancied the Kings’ brass, so they traded down and picked up veteran John Salmons in the process, assuming that Knight would not be available.
Knight plummeted along with Kemba Walker and, although the Kings were high on Fredette, Knight’s upside would have been too appealing had the Kings stayed at No. 7.
Instead they gambled and got an early fan-favorite, but for a team in desperate need of a point guard, clearly, the Kings’ short-sided vision will come around to haunt them when Knight inevitably flourishes in Detroit.
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