I know a lot of people are angry, upset, or frustrated with the NBA draft process. So let me say some things that may help change your mind.
#1: It’s a lottery. This is how it works. Philadelphia had a bad year too. They could absolutely use a great player as well. It’s not their fault the Kings fans wanted a top 3 pick. Nothing is guaranteed.
#2: The Kings very likely will get one of these 3 following players: Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins or Al-Farouq Aminu. A lot can change between now & then.
#3: Order matters here. I don’t care what people really say about the draft: Order of teams matters as much here as anything else.
#4: It’s just a lottery. There is no guarantee that drafting John Wall would have made the Kings better, and there is always a possibility the Kings will get an impact player who makes the Kings better with that 5th pick.
#5: Even though it’s unlikely, I think it’s possible the Kings could trade up and get a player they want. I wouldn’t rule something out just because it hasn’t happened with the Geoff Petrie era.
Last but not least, congratulations to the Wizards and Sixers for moving up to select 1-2 in the draft. Their fanbases are quite thrilled right now, and no doubt should be. As a Kings fan, I’m happy the Kings have options to pick up a quality player who could improve the Kings as the team continues to rebuild and get better. This is a good day even if it feels like it’s not.
More to come later. Now it’s Magic-Celtics time. (And I’m rooting for the Magic to win.)
Tunage to cheer you up: