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Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist Could Fit Needs of the Kings

 

The Sacramento Kings have a 7.6% chance of winning the right to the #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Even if the 7.6% chance is unkind to the Kings, dropping them out of contention in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, they have their eyes set on another former Kentucky Wildcat. The Kings are looking to do two things in this year’s draft: upgrade the front court and add more depth on the wing. Davis would clearly be the desired choice to fill the front court needs, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a consensus Top-5 pick, could potentially fill their secondary need. The Kings have been searching for a good small forward to compliment their strengths at the surrounding positions with Demarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans.

 

According to Rob Small of the Examiner, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the big names on the draft board that the Kings could very well be interested in, depending on when they make their selection and who is still available. The only downfall in the possibility of a Cousins/Kidd-Gilchrist pairing is that the Kings are looking to add more consistent outside shooting threats to the line-up. Though they have a need for a good small-forward, they might be looking more at prospects such as Harrison Barnes who are better known for the their long range shooting.

 

“Focusing on team needs, small forward has been a difficult position for the Kings to fill. The last time the Kings had a good small forward who could shoot away from the basket was John Salmons in his first stint with Sacramento in 2009.”

 

The thought of the Kings having not only a Kentucky fan favorite in Demarcus Cousins, but also the potential for either Davis or Kidd-Gilchrist (also fan favorites) would have to make the Kings the new adopted favorite NBA team around the state of Kentucky.

 

To read the full article by Rob Small, check out the link here. Small breaks down the needs of the Kings and how the various available big name players might be appealing with that early first round pick.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist Could Fit Needs of the Kings



  1. tdogg40330
    12:04 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Davis to Washington and MKG to Sacramento would be sweet



  2. Capt. Obvious
    12:19 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    And then what if Sacremento moved??? Perhaps to Louisville?? LOL…ok not likely. But a Sac move to Anaheim (Orange County) seems inevitable.



  3. bluefan
    12:30 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    #1, sweet indeed! Only drawback is, how many regular season SAC games to we get to see here in Kentucky?



  4. Owen
    12:40 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    I really doubt Harrison Barnes’ abilities as a small forward. I don’t think he ever showed the defensive abilities to match up with some of the leagues other SFs and I don’t think his offensive game is actually good enough to match-up with guys as quick as he is either. IMO, I think he’ll end up about as good as Corey Brewer has been, which is to say pretty marginal.

    MKG is much better at creating his own shot, has way better defensive abilities and has way more of the intangibles a team like the Kings could really use. I really don’t think perimeter shooting is what they need considering they’ve got Marcus Thornton already. They were 6th in the league in points scored but dead last at points allowed–what they need is a guy who can be a perimeter defender and MKG is much better at that.



  5. Al B. Sure
    1:08 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Kings also have a player on their roster named Chuck Hayes. Where’s the love for Chuck? Boogie + Chuck + MKG = BBN’s new favorite team!



  6. You Crazy Denny
    1:22 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    If the Kings get Davis or MKG, Louisville needs to get it together and get the team to move here. Games would sell out since you have Garcia, Terrence Williams, and Cousins on the team.



  7. Jorts' Tightie Whities
    2:01 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    I think that MKG would be great for the Kings, but I don’t know if he would qualify as a small forward who can shoot away from the basket.



  8. mb
    2:19 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hayes- MKG – Cousins— just move the team to KY right now, because the fan base is already in place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  9. KSCZAR
    2:22 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    4. Defense doesn’t matter in the NBA. That’s why Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony are superstars.



  10. Mack
    2:41 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why did you forget Chuck? He was the “fan favorite” a few years before the others not to mention for 4 years. Maybe before the authors time and if so not too deep into CATS basketball history.



  11. Turkey
    7:01 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Cleveland owns the rights to Sacs draft pick.. so if they win Anthony Davis would go to the Cavs…



  12. Duke sucks
    6:08 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    #10 Let’s be honest.Hays was a beloved UK player and very well could have a jersey hanging in Rupp.But he’s just 6’5 and has made a place for his self more with heart and leadership than talent. The only reason he’s a was a 4 year player is he was good enough to be drafted after his junior year.I am old enough to remember he entered his name and didn’t hire a agent.Went to the pre-draft work out and told to return to UK.