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2022 Kings Herald Draft Board: Pick No. 3

Chet Holmgren is off the board.

With 58% of the vote, Chet Holmgren is the 2nd player on the Kings Herald Draft Board. He joins Jabari Smith Jr.

When a choice comes up, pick who you'd want the Kings to pick given all the players remaining.  Note: THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT. This is a draft board, a ranked list of prospects you'd like to see the Kings pick. In other words, if we were the Kings front office, when our pick came up, we'd take the top name left on our board. So pick your choice, not who you think Monte McNair or anyone else would choose in a slot.

Explain your choice in the comments, and lobby for who should be added to the next pick's choices.

This poll ends at 5 AM tomorrow. The next one will begin shortly thereafter.  We will go roughly 20 picks deep.

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richie88
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May 25, 2022 7:50 am

Banchero seems like he has the best chance of becoming a star.

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May 25, 2022 8:13 am
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I watched some highlight, and I can think of he can do so many different things. (Shooting, driving, rebounding, passing)

All I can think of him is Harrison Barnes.
I mean, I don’t see any difference between them at all.

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May 25, 2022 8:31 am

I disagree but even if you are spot on with the comparison that’s a pretty damn good player to draft when the dude is only 19 and Barnes is 30 something. One would think Paulo will improve in certain areas as all players that come into the nba improve in some areas. The great ones make the big leaps. Paulo could be one of those guys that makes a big leap and then you’re looking at an allstar player.

one major difference that jumps off the page to me between Paulo and Barnes is that Paulo rips some thunderous dunks very often. Barnes is a gentle dunker.

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May 25, 2022 8:40 am
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Thanks for clarifying the main difference between them.

I don’t mind drafting “another Barnes” at #3 or #4.

(As Harrison Barnes was also picked at #7 many years ago)

(All I want to know is if Barnes the best comparison player to Paulo?)

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May 25, 2022 8:41 am

Barnes is a much better shooter than Paolo, but yes, they do many of the same things.

richie88
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May 25, 2022 10:45 am

There’s a bit of Barnes in him & a bit of Sabonis in him.

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May 25, 2022 2:14 pm

Could Banchero become another Jokic?

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May 25, 2022 3:43 pm
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I’d guess no, but that’s not meant as any kind of damning criticism. Jokic is very much a unicorn, if you ask me.

Or a Pegasus. No, he’s not a big jumper. A unicorn, then.

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May 25, 2022 7:02 pm
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The odds of that are very low.

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May 25, 2022 2:03 pm

Banchero is a significantly better creator, scorer and passer than Barnes.

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May 25, 2022 2:13 pm

And much bigger.

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May 25, 2022 2:15 pm
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Yeah, he comps way closer to guys like Blake Griffin and Julius Randle than Harrison Barnes, at least size and frame-wise.

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May 25, 2022 3:45 pm
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Both of those seem like excellent comparisons. And you could do a whole lot worse.

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May 26, 2022 8:47 am

Harrison Barnes was #1 coming out of High School. He has the most gifted talent in that class. It would be good to pickup all the athletes like that, but you do need a good mix and specialists at a position also.

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May 26, 2022 5:07 pm

He is three inches taller and 20 lbs heavier at fresh levels . That means power forward .

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May 25, 2022 10:18 am
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Yep. It’s Banchero for me. I think anything else is overthinking it.

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May 25, 2022 10:27 am
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Finally, I agree with Greg on something. Anything!

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May 25, 2022 10:52 am
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Don’t make this a habit Gonzo. It’s bad for you.

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May 25, 2022 11:19 am
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Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

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May 25, 2022 11:32 am
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Not the electronic ones.

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May 25, 2022 2:16 pm
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The military can’t even get that right.

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May 25, 2022 11:35 am
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Except you are end running any analysis by stating “anything else is overthinking it.”

Two of our top 3 players would have the same skillet and weaknesses and play the same position. If he can’t play alongside Sabonis, I don’t think you can select him.

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May 25, 2022 11:47 am
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Which is how the Kings drafted Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic.

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May 25, 2022 1:11 pm
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If I’m certain of one thing, that decision wasn’t a result of overthinking.

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May 25, 2022 7:16 pm
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Not true at all. Luka should’ve been the pick as he was the EASILY recognized as the best player available in the draft AND he played a position of need (SF).

If you are referring to Fox, time has shown that no matter how good Luka is, he needs additional playmakers around him and they play different positions so you can have them on the court together. Banchero and Domas are not likely to play together effectively as they have the same skillset and both play down low and below the rim. Playing two post players doesn’t work anymore and it limits Fox and the rest of the team from playing in the paint.

If you believe that Banchero is better than Murray, fine. I don’t think there is much of a difference between the two and I have Murray rated higher as he does exactly what is needed from a modern stretch 4 (cut hard, rebound, and provide weakside rim protection), but feel free to die on the BPA hill if you want.

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May 25, 2022 7:44 pm
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I think my chances for survival are better on the BPA hill than the worrying about fit on a 30 win team hill. I’m taking the best talent for this talent-stricken roster.

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May 25, 2022 11:55 am
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IMHO, fit is for Finals contenders. Perennial losers need to draft BPA and work it out later.

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May 25, 2022 7:26 pm
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I love how people think the BPA list is the same for everyone.

I know the experts have their mocks and the top 3 have been the top 3 most of year, but if two players are very close to each other in terms of BPA, then one that fits horribly and one that fits perfectly should come into the decision making process.

In my eyes, I only see Smith as a surefire prospect in this draft, Holmgren’s suspect foot speed on the perimeter at the 4 and lack of size at the 5 are concerning but I still have him 2nd on my board, before Murray, Sharpe, Banchero and Ivey, all of whom I have in a similar tier.

Your BPA is most likely different than mine so when I hear “but BPA!”, all I hear is that you don’t have an actual argument for why you think your player is BPA.

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May 25, 2022 7:51 pm
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But I think the issue is that you argued redundant skill set above. If you think that Murray (or anyone else) is a better prospect than Banchero, you may wind up being absolutely right. But his skill set and how it plays off of Sabonis should be a non-factor. Simply stated, no one on this roster is good enough to mandate passing on talent.

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May 25, 2022 2:15 pm
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My vote here too, heck I voted for him yesterday.

Just glad I don’t have to keep passing on Chet in every poll for the next 5 days or so.

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May 25, 2022 2:22 pm
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Yeah, the last thing you need is Chet repeating on you.
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richie88
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May 25, 2022 7:05 pm
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Yeah, this is also my 2nd day of voting for Banchero. However, I think Holmgren’s the 3rd best prospect.

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May 25, 2022 11:13 pm
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My pick here is Jaden Ivey, and I think I’d take him at #1. The comp is Ja Morant, I’m telling you.
Granted I’ve really just watched highlights, but Banchero’s motor doesn’t seem high enough. I don’t seen him crashing the boards, staying active, keeping plays alive. He can get to his spot 5 feet from the rim, but against bigger better defenders, I don’t know if that will translate.
Compare to the highlights for Holmgren, he is constantly grabbing loose balls around the rim and creating havoc down there. My fear would be he’s too light and will get pushed around in the NBA.

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May 25, 2022 7:50 am

Am I insane for being scared of Chet? I see the numbers and the pedigree but that paper thin frame as a white dude gives me no confidence he won’t be a bust.

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May 25, 2022 7:55 am
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I’d put Smith & Banchero ahead of him, but I think he’s the 3rd best prospect. The frame’s definitely my biggest concern.

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May 25, 2022 7:57 am
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Sounds like I’m not alone. Is there even a comp for Chet with body size and pedigree in the NBA or has been in the NBA? He needs some whole milk in his life.

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May 25, 2022 11:37 am
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He is very similar to but still 15 lbs lighter than Evan Mobley when was in college

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May 25, 2022 8:14 am
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Especially from the posted photo in the article, just scary.

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May 25, 2022 11:56 am
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I would rather worry about frame instead of skill set. Thomas Robinson had a good frame, but a lacking skill set.

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May 25, 2022 7:07 pm
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Agreed. Holmgren’s a much better prospect than TRob.

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May 25, 2022 8:22 am
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What does his skin color have to do with anything?

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May 25, 2022 9:02 am
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You’re right, it probably doesn’t. He just doesn’t strike me as the prototypical genetics to fill out to a proper size for competing in the professionals is all I’m saying.

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May 25, 2022 11:10 am
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He’s skin-ny

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May 25, 2022 8:33 am
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“As a white dude”

classic

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May 25, 2022 9:03 am
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God forbid we point out anything obvious about someone without offending others.

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May 25, 2022 10:03 am
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Race just has ZERO to do with it…get over it

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May 25, 2022 8:36 am
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His being white seems unrelated to the frame issues. Otherwise, AD, KD, Poku, Ingram, Giannis all came into the league as string beans. Maybe he doesn’t have the shoulders of an AD or Giannis, but he’ll definitely fill out at least as well as Ingram or Poku.

That’d still be concerning if he was going to be your full time Center versus the Embiids and Jokics of the world, but he’s not. He’s a stretch-4, that could even spend some time at the 3 ala Evan Mobley. He has tremendous perimeter skills for a guy as tall as he is, which often gets overlooked when you pigeonhole him as a big man.

Not only that, but he’s handled NBA bodies like Banchero and Duren at the college level with some success. He’s also remained healthy, and the lack of weight is probably a boon in that department.

I foresee as long career as one of the most versatile players in the league, regardless of how much extra weight he puts on.

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May 25, 2022 8:42 am
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Exactly correct, if we are consistently throwing him against the Jokic and Embid’s of the NBA then we immediately need to fire and hire a new coach.

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May 25, 2022 8:43 am
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And for how big Sabonis is, he still has issues guarding guys like Embiid and Jokic. It is difficult to defend HOFers no matter who you are.

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May 25, 2022 8:43 am
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Poku still looks like a skeleton out there.

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May 25, 2022 8:44 am

Yeah I was just looking for body comps, but Poku is still young and also not half as talented as Chet.

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May 25, 2022 9:06 am

I guess that’s who I imagine being the nightmare comp for Chet.

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May 25, 2022 9:10 am
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Yup, same.

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May 25, 2022 9:05 am
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Let’s hope Evan Mobley size comp is valid. Chet is an inch taller and 20 lbs lighter but I’d be happy with an Evan Mobley outcome his rookie year.

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May 26, 2022 5:19 pm
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His best comparison to me is Pau Gasol . Was very thin as a 20 yr old 3rd pick in Memphis . Also, very skilled and good . Hmmm

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May 25, 2022 9:56 am
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People had the same reservations about Durant

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May 25, 2022 10:59 am
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Each of the Big 3 have some sort of red flag. Chet just had the one singular red flag, but it’s probably the single biggest out of the big 3’s. You’re not crazy, but there’s also reason for the appeal.

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May 25, 2022 7:54 am

Not to beat a dead horse and water under the bridge and whatever other stale metaphor, but I hope to hell that the don’t draft Holmgren. Whoever drafts him is getting a bust. Banchero, on the other hand, has excelled against high level college competition: my pick yesterday and today.

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May 25, 2022 8:12 am
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He’s my man too.

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May 25, 2022 8:56 am
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I think the horse could use a few more wacks with the bat. I’m seriously worried Chet falls and ends up a sacramento King. It’s not because of his skinny frame although that doesn’t help my assessment. It’s how slow the guy moves. He dominated in high school and college because he’s taller than everyone. He’s also super skilled, that helps too and I’m not taking that away from him. My issue is the speed at which he plays.

fun exercise for everyone… watch 30 seconds of highlights of Jabari Smith, watch 30 seconds of highlights of Paulo Banchero, watch 30 seconds of highlights of Chet Holmgren and then watch 30 seconds of highlights of Keegan Murray. Tell me you don’t see it too! Chet is a 4 speed automatic pickup truck running on diesel fuel. Jabari, Paulo and Keegan are a 5 speed manual transmission Porsche running on premium. Ok ok ok, maybe Keegan is a 5 speed Honda Accord but my point still stands. Chet is slow, he moves slow in all facets. He’s got great instincts but he’s slow. That is what scares me about Chet and his possible landing spot in Sacramento. I can’t see that lack of speed working out well for his excellent collegiate game becoming an excellent professional NBA game. It’s very scary to me. I’d rather have Smith, Banchero, Murray, Ivey over the slow moving Holmgren who will automatically be the thinnest player in the league the moment he is drafted. I’m still leaning towards Sharpe over Chet as well. The un known gamble on him still out weighs the slow pace/slow moving fact of Chet that freaks me out.

I fee like Chet is Sacramento bound because he’s going to drop for the reasons I indicated. Dude is slow. Monte won’t be able to pass on the falling Holmgren and there you have it, he’s a King. We draft the one bust in the top 8 yet again. I’m so traumatized as a kings fan, yeeeeesh.

all of this said, I hope I am wrong on Chet no matter who drafts him (especially if it’s sacramento). My uneducated eye test just won’t stop telling me the same thing. Don’t draft Chet!

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May 25, 2022 9:02 am
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Didn’t Magic and Thunder wouldn’t pass on him ?

(If Smith goes 1st, then who would Thunder choose ? If Chet falls to 3rd, would Rockets still pass on him ?)

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May 25, 2022 10:17 am
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Say what you want, but the man can move some inventory.
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May 25, 2022 10:38 am
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Thon Thin Maker

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May 25, 2022 10:57 am
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Starvin’ Bagley.

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May 25, 2022 11:03 am
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Lew Alslender

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May 25, 2022 11:04 am
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Coreless Williamson.

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May 25, 2022 11:06 am
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Skel(eton) Labissiere

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May 25, 2022 11:24 am
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Slimmer Fredette

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Harrison Bones

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May 25, 2022 11:26 am
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Alex Thin

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May 25, 2022 11:32 am
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Gaunte DiVincenzo.

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May 25, 2022 12:54 pm
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Starvin’ Marvin

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May 25, 2022 11:42 am
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Thin Lever
Damontas Sabony
Russell Wispbrook
Ja Lessrant
Donominivan Mitchell
Penny Wasteaway
The Chicago Bullimias

I could go on, but I’m a very busy man.

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May 27, 2022 7:43 pm
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We can tell.

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May 25, 2022 10:50 am
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There are rumors that Orlando will take him #1.

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May 25, 2022 10:59 am
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I sure hope they take Chet #1.

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May 25, 2022 7:42 pm
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I agree with your points. I’d draft ( in no particular order) Murray Sharpe, Ivey, Griffin ahead of Chet. Hell, I’d trade back or give up the pick for a near All-Star level starter.

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May 26, 2022 5:23 pm
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He still reminds me of rookie 3rd pick of Memphis yers ago . Experts thought even with his skill just too skinny ! Name – Pau Gasol .

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May 25, 2022 8:03 am

Here is where things get tricky for me. I like the potential surprise of Sharpe, the future star promise of Paolo, and the steady, high floor reliability of Keegan. Ivey might be the second coming of Morant or Donovan Mitchell, but that would mean reseting the roster and moving Fox, which could get messy.

I’m guessing Paolo is the choice here, and I really don’t have a problem with that. The kid is going to be very good, but I just don’t see it happening in Sac. I’m not sure how he would work with Fox and Sabonis. If you see him as the cornerstone of the franchise, then Fox and Sabonis shouldn’t matter. The problem here is Monte’s mandate to win NOW. Paolo doesn’t meet that agenda. He’s not a 3pt shooter or defensive anchor next to Sabonis.

For me (and if I were Monte) I’m taking Keegan. He fills the hole as a 3pt shooting big who can help on the weak side and defend the rim. He also fits Monte’s mold of an established high IQ college player who carried his team, much like Hali and Mitchell. Keegan is also a late bloomer who is just now coming into his game and body. I don’t think his ceiling is as low as people think.

Most importantly, Keegan is ready NOW to help the Kings take the next step. I see him as a steady and solid player like a Horford or Millsap. He’s just going to help you win by brining his lunch pale everyday. He’s not flashy, super athletic, or going to be the face of the franchise, but he’s going to end up being a 14 year NBA player who found his way onto a dozen playoff teams, probably with a title or two, when it’s all said and done.

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May 25, 2022 8:19 am
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Adam. Do you see ant other trades the Kings could make to grab a shooting guard or small forward later in the draft? I am intrigued with Abajii who looks to be around numbers 15 to 20.

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May 25, 2022 12:56 pm
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The Hornets have #13 and #15, need to extend Bridges, and desperately need a center. They’d also likely love to get rid of Hayward’s deal.

I could be convinced to eat Hayward’s deal for the #13. It would likely take Barnes and Holmes to make numbers work, but if someone like Sochan, Johnny Davis or Dieng is sitting there, it could be worth it. It also depends on who the Kings take at #4.

If the Kings walked away with Murray at #4 and Sochan at #13 all for eating Hayward’s deal, I’d do it. The Kings could potentially roll out a lineup of Fox, Hayward, Sochan, Murray, and Sabonis. I’d love that.

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May 25, 2022 7:52 pm
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That’s not a bad idea and the types of deals the Kings should be exploring.

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May 25, 2022 8:52 am
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I agree that Murray’s ceiling is also pretty high. Maybe he’ll never be an All-NBA player, but it’s no stretch of the imagination to see a couple of All-Star games for a 6’8″ forward that can defend 3-5, run the break, knock down the 3, make good decisions, and outhustle everyone on the floor.

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May 25, 2022 8:03 am

I would like to see Dyson Daniels as an option on the next pick.

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May 25, 2022 8:08 am
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Daniels, Eason and Johnny Davis would be my next additions to the list.

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May 25, 2022 9:00 am
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Cool beans. I know it may seem like a reach at 4, but he is a very intriguing prospect I am starting to get behind.

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May 25, 2022 8:41 pm
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All three measured better than previously thought at the combine too.

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May 25, 2022 8:11 am

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Just kidding. I have Banchero here. He may not address rim protection for the Kings, but he has the best chance at #3 to add talent, which the Kings need desperately.

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May 25, 2022 8:19 am

Jabari Smith will and should be the first pick without a doubt. I’m skeptical about Holmgren, so Banchero second. I’d pick Murray third but Holmgren will likely go 2 or 3.

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May 25, 2022 9:00 am
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Assuming the Kings stay at four, and a deal can be made to swap with Detroit or Indiana, I’d feel pretty confident that Murray could be had at five, but much less sure about six.

Still a lot of chatter about the Kings moving up to two, but to me, there’s no point in sending out assets to move up unless you can land Smith.

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May 25, 2022 10:57 am
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There are rumors that Orlando prefers Holmgren, so Smith could drop to #2.

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May 25, 2022 11:44 am
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I’ve heard the same. I’m uncertain about making the move, because I expect the cost to be high, but I’m uncertain about pretty much anything as it relates to the pick. We’re going to get a good player, that’s all I know.

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May 25, 2022 7:56 pm
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No way in hell that happens. Trust me Jabari is going one.

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May 25, 2022 7:56 pm
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I would only consider sending out a Fox to get another top 5 pick. I know the Hornets wouldn’t do this but I’d take the Hayward contract off their hands give them Fox and take their first pick. Those are the types of deals we should be trying to make.

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May 25, 2022 10:55 am
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Smith should go 1st IMO, but there are rumors that Orlando prefers Holmgren.

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May 25, 2022 10:57 am
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Maybe it’s a smokescreen to get OKC to trade up (if OKC wanted Holmgren)?

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May 25, 2022 11:00 am
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That’s possible, but Orlando tends to like long prospects like Holmgren.

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May 25, 2022 8:27 am

Paolo this time. He has the offensive versatility the team needs. He could develop in to a solid playmaker while getting buckets when the offense stagnates. Defensively he has some work to do, and not being the primary guy on offense might help him have more energy on the defensive end.

Sochan and Dyson Daniels added next round.

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May 25, 2022 8:33 am

I got bit by a mosquito last night and first thing this morning I wrote a detailed scouting report for the insect (now deceased). Is something wrong with me?

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May 25, 2022 8:56 am
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Scouting report on the Mosquito:

SOFT

Doesn’t play through contact

Poor awareness

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May 25, 2022 9:01 am
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Pros: Good hang time. Plays for blood. Sticks to his man.

Cons: He’s. A. Mosquito.