Sacramento Kings Draft: Perimeter Options

Jason Coldiron@@tweetme1979Correspondent IJune 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14:  Guard James Harden #13 of the Arizona State Sun Devils looks on after losing to the USC Trojans in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game at the Staples Center on March 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

With the Sacramento Kings preparing to draft in their highest position in over a decade, they must have their priorities in order.

In the last two drafts, they have taken center Spencer Hawes and forward Jason Thompson. With these two already having success in their young careers, it is time for the Kings to look to the perimeter.

The Kings glaring need is at point guard. Should Ricky Rubio fall to them, that will be the obvious choice.

The Kings will also work out and give heavy evaluation to point guards Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Johny Flynn, and Ty Lawson. The Kings will need to decide if any of these talents are worthy of the No. 4 pick. If they are, that is where the Kings will go.

If there is no point guard to their liking, they will still have many options on the perimeter.

The team's best player, shooting guard Kevin Martin, could still use a running mate on the wing. Current small forwards Andres Nocioni and Francisco Garcia are decent and are still improving, but it is not yet clear whether either is the long term solution.

Further complicating things is the fact that Martin has played in less than 50 games the last two years.

All this adds up to the fact that the Kings would be wise to consider their options at the two guard and small forward positions.

Combo guard Tyreke Evans or wing man Demar Derozen could be a good fit either next to Martin or in his place if he gets injured again. It is believed Kings General Manager Geoff Petrie covets Evans.

Another possibility could be small forward James Harden. There are concerns, however, about Harden's ability to take over games. He struggled in this years NCAA tournament, particularly in their final game. The question there becomes, if he didn't show up and/or take over big games in college, what makes anyone think he can do so in the pros?

The Kings will have many options to choose from. If the right point guard is there, they will take him. If not, they will have many decent options to consider in upgrading the perimeter.


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