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The 2020 Kings Herald Community Draft Board

You've voted and now the 2020 Kings Herald Community Draft Board is set in stone.  Without further ado, here's what the Big Board looks like as chosen by you, the fans:

  1. Anthony Edwards, G, Georgia
  2. James Wiseman, C, Memphis
  3. Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv
  4. Killian Hayes, G, Ratiopharm Ulm
  5. Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State
  6. LaMelo Ball, G, Illawarra
  7. Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn
  8. Onyeka Okongwu, F/C, USC
  9. Obi Toppin, F, Dayton
  10. Devin Vassell, G/F, Florida State
  11. Patrick Williams, F, Florida State
  12. Aaron Nesmith, G/F, Vanderbilt
  13. Saddiq Bey, G/F, Villanova
  14. Aleksej Pokuševski, F/C, Olympiacos
  15. Tyrese Maxey, G, Kentucky
  16. Kira Lewis Jr., G, Alabama

This is our first draft at the Kings Herald, but we have done a big board as a community at our old digs since 2008.  Funnily enough, the Kings would have been better off listening to this random amalgamation of fans than their own GMs over the years.  Hopefully Monte McNair can shake that trend starting today.

What do you think of this year's big board? Have you learned anything from doing more research on prospects that would have changed one of your earlier votes?  Let us know in the comments and thank you to everyone who participated.

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RobHessing
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November 18, 2020 9:23 am

McLemore
Stauskas
Cauley-Stein
Papagiannis
Fox
Jackson
Giles
Bagley
No Pick

In the old, paper scoring days of bowling, if you had a run of bad frames you would draw a thick line at what you determined was going to be the end of it, and resolved that you would be better moving forward. Time for the Kings to draw that line. Man, a look at the Ranadive years of drafting is all you need to figure out why this team is where it is right now.

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November 18, 2020 9:28 am
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Don’t forget Malachi Richardson and Skal!

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November 18, 2020 9:34 am
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We’re really going to complain that the 22 and 28 picks didn’t turn into stars? Skal didn’t blossom the way we’d hoped, but with his potential, getting him at 28 was the right move.

RobHessing
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November 18, 2020 9:56 am
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That said, that would make the Kings 1 for 10 on 1st round picks since 2013.

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November 18, 2020 10:23 am
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And the drafting of Fox is offset somewhat by the fact his presence has been used as justification for passing on both Mitchell and Doncic.

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November 18, 2020 9:57 am
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I am not complaining, just wanted the list to be exhaustive of the 1st round picks in the Ranadive era.

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November 18, 2020 10:23 am
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We are complaining that out of 10 draft picks, we gleaned about 1.5 decent players.

Of course, your mileage may vary suck.

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November 18, 2020 10:35 am
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1.5? Rik when did you get so optimistic! I think Fox is a good player and then… yeah I think it’s 1 decent player. I do see “no pick” really coming on in his second year though.

RikSmits
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November 18, 2020 10:48 am

I’m an optimist. I hope that Bagley will play at least 36 games this season.

ForKingsandCountry
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November 18, 2020 11:22 am
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Tis the season of miracles!

RobHessing
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November 18, 2020 9:54 am
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Good catch.

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November 18, 2020 9:53 am
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That line better be real thick. Like so thick it covers all the aforementioned players except Fox.

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November 18, 2020 10:01 am
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This just reminded me that the last activity I did indoors was going to my bowling league back in March.

(bowled my only +650 series FYI, not to brag)

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November 18, 2020 9:30 am

I really don’t want Nesmith, I’m just not convinced.

Anyone else noticing in more recent mocks that Wiseman seems to be showing up in the bottom half of the top ten picks, rather than the top? There’s no way he’s available at 12, but if he slides past five, some phone calls may be in order.

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November 18, 2020 2:21 pm
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The final mock draft for The Athletic had Wiseman going at #2 to GS (there were no trades in that mock draft, but it was noted that Minny & GS were weighing possible trades).

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November 18, 2020 9:52 am

I’m not getting too excited or bummed on this draft. Too many unknowns. I just hope McNair figures it out or gets lucky or both. The Bagley draft I was despondent when they took Marvin over Luka and I had Marvin down around #11 on my board. That won’t happen over a #12 pick in a draft where I don’t really have any strong feelings for any of the players.

That being said, there are some super interesting guys in this draft and I guarantee someone will be picked late in the 1st round that will end up being a star.

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November 18, 2020 10:09 am

Curious how our previous community draft boards look now after a few years. Does our community know anything about the draft, or are we as clueless as the Kings when it comes to drafting and talent evaluation? (I think we all are much better, btw)

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November 18, 2020 10:38 am
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Thanks, Aykis. I did not see the link in the article. Wow, we haven’t faired much better I guess.

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November 18, 2020 10:16 am

Funnily enough, the Kings would have been better off listening to this random amalgamation of fans than their own GMs over the years. Hopefully Monte McNair can shake that trend starting today.

Exactly; about time that a GM would heed our advice.

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November 18, 2020 10:36 am

Long time stalker on the old StR site. This page is looking nice! Anyone watch film on Xavier Tillman? Someone mentioned him a while back and I started watching highlights. He looks like a value add in the second round. Also, Isaiah Joe looks like a bucket.

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November 18, 2020 12:07 pm
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We’ve discussed him. Everyone likes him and most would put him in the 20-40 range. He’s top 10 on my board. Another member has him ranked around 15 overall.

PejaVu2
November 18, 2020 2:16 pm

Just wanted to say congrats to the Kings Herald team for doing such a great job transitioning from the old digs, and congrats on getting Jerry Reynolds for the podcast. I am more a lurker over here as I am trying to wean myself off of having hope for the future of the franchise and it is better relaxation to just read what people say and then not respond lol. Having said that, I am a believer in Kentucky guards especially after J. Kyle Mann (YouTube/now The Ringer) was pretty high on Maxey, would love to see him as Fox’s rookie 🙂

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