NBA Draft 2011: Why You Should Keep Your Eyes on the Sacramento Kings at No. 7

Max Minsker@@MaxMinskerCorrespondent IJune 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars drives past Kenny Boynton #1 of the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Update: The Kings have traded down to the 10th pick. If Jimmer is available at No. 10 which is likely, I think there's about a 90% the Kings take him

The Kings very well could do something boring and draft Kemba Walker, but if Walker is off the board this could get interesting.

There are potentially two really big things that happen with this pick. First, they have been rumored to be looking into trading the pick for Tony Parker. Second, the owners of the team really, really want Jimmer Fredette. I'd put the odds of one of these two things happening at about 50 percent.

Like I said, if Kemba Walker is still on the board, that kills all the Jimmer talk, but lets say hypothetically the Jazz take Knight at No. 3, and then Walker gets taken by the Raptors at No. 5. That situation is very possible. If that happens, the owners may force the GM's hand into taking Jimmer Fredette.

Is Jimmer good value at No. 7? No, but could they trade down and get him later? It's hard to tell. Quite a few teams are interested in Fredette and a team could very easily trade up to get him. Thus, the Kings might have to take Jimmer that high if they really want him. 

While reaching for Jimmer at No. 7 probably isn't the best value, I can see why the owners would want to go in that direction. 

For an example of why I think that, I'll use my home state, Minnesota. Most people here consider themselves Twins, Vikings and Wild fans, but not really Wolves fans. Jimmer Fredette is a very popular player here. If the Wolves drafted Jimmer, there would definitely be intrigue in Minnesota. People might actually go to the games. 

That's the reason why Jimmer has value beyond his talent. If the Kings take Kawhi Leonard, the true fans will of course be interested, but no casual fan is going to jump for joy over Leonard. When his puts up modest numbers his rookie season fans who don't appreciate the game are going to lose interest quickly.

However, the first time Jimmer goes out and puts up 20 points, the city will be buzzing. People will want to go see Jimmer Fredette play. For a team that was second to last in attendance last season, Fredette might be an answer of sorts.

There are questions about whether or not Jimmer is a point guard or if he's going to be able to get his shot off, but ultimately I can't say Jimmer's a great pick at No.7—but it's not as bad as you might think.

The second possibility here is the rumor that has surfaced concerning Tony Parker. The Spurs are potentially looking to trade into the top 10 and Tony Parker is the bait. 

The Kings desperately need a point guard, and an established player like Parker would really help that team function. Parker comes with a big contract, but in this weak draft, if you get a high quality point guard for the No. 7 pick you might have to take advantage of that opportunity. 

There are other trade rumors swirling around the Kings at No. 7. No one really knows what to expect from them tonight, and for that reason, the Kings are definitely a team to keep your eye on.