Where Will Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard End Up This Summer?
The question everyone is asking is where will Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard end up this summer?
Lady Luck shined on Sacramento last night and gifted them the No.2 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. This was probably the best outcome for the Kings, who have a history of striking out during the lottery reveal. The top 3 players expected to be picked are Eurostar Luka Doncic, the freakishly long DeAndre Ayton, or the Duke product Marvin Bagley III. There is zero ways in which Sacramento can screw this up.
Sacramento got it right last year with De'Aaron Fox, who looks like a miniature John Wall, past that it's a history of very questionable choices. Since 2010, when Sacramento drafted DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have had seven first round picks in the top 10. Just saying that sounds horrible as the Kings haven't even sniffed the playoffs in what seems like forever. Let us look back over the last 8 years of some of their draft picks.
In all fairness, Sacramento technically drafted Bismack Biyombo then traded him for Ferdette. Let us not forget the entire “Jimmermania” that occurred as he was expected to be a life savior to a franchise in distress. Ferdette's jersey sold out in stores and online, his sales alone bumped up the Kings merchandise sales by 540%! Jimmer failed to become the star Sacramento wanted and the 10th overall pick was bought out of his rookie contract on February 27,2014. Most recently, Ferdette can be seen lighting it up overseas in China.
Ah yes, the 5th overall pick in the 2012 draft who didn't even make it a year with the Sacramento Kings. Robinson played 51 games as a King and averaged 15.9 minutes per game. Thomas' most notable Kings moment was when he hit Jonas Jerekbo and was then later suspended. On February 21, 2013 Thomas was traded to Houston in what was a very minor deal. He's most recently seen playing in Russia after bouncing around in the NBA.
Hey look, another three point marksman drafted way too high by the Kings! Nik Stauskas was taken 8th overall in 2014 and unlike Ferdette, he didn't receive the fan fare Jimmer did. Nik's career with the Kings lasted 71 games as he was traded to the 76ers in what I consider the most lopsided trade in recent history. Stauskas was last seen on the Brooklyn Nets bench and is a free agent this summer.
Sacramento is guaranteed a franchise altering player in this draft especially since this draft is so top heavy. I don't see the Suns passing up on Luka Doncic so the Kings have their choices amongst cornerstone centers in Ayton, Jackson Jr, Bamba, and Bagley.
Sacramento doesn't have their 2019 first rounder as it falls to Philadelphia thanks in part to that Nik Stasukas trade, so they need to make this draft count for this and next year. I have faith in them…..not really. I fully expect some crazy out of left field pick from them such as Trae Young or even a trade to move down in the draft.