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The Sacramento Kings 2022 NBA Draft Preview Show

Brenden Nunes and Bryant West join Jerry Reynolds, Will Griffith, and Tony Xypteras on The Kings Herald Show this week to break down the NBA Draft.
By and | 87 Comments | Jun 10, 2022

The 2022 NBA Draft is rapidly approaching, and The Kings Herald Show returns to break down all the latest news and rumors.

Kings Herald draft experts Brenden Nunes and Bryant West join Jerry Reynolds, Will Griffith, and Tony Xypteras on the podcast this week to talk about how Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Shaedon Sharpe, Keegan Murray, and AJ Griffin would fit on the Kings next season, and take a look at some of the more popular trade up, trade down, or trade out scenarios that have received the most speculation over recent weeks. Thanks for listening!

 

 

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rockbottom
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June 10, 2022 9:31 am

Loved the podcast ( a bit long ) but great insight from Herald writers and Jerry . Tend to agree about Smith being the most likely to Star and fewest questions . Thought a lot of info coincided with the terrific Draft article by RikSmits . As proven – a lot of sure things and consensus picks fail . True and scary .

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June 10, 2022 11:02 am
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I don’t know about most likely to star, but I’ll get behind least likely to bust.

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June 10, 2022 10:00 am

lmao at the dickhead comment from Jerry. legend

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June 10, 2022 10:19 am

Jerry talking about AJ Griffin and how WIll might be faster than him, but that AJ sure can shoot it…..Jerry, did you know that Will can actually shoot it, too? There’s a mixtape of Will going around on twitter where he’s absolutely killing it from deep.

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June 10, 2022 2:46 pm
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Don’t go researching that full DraftExpress video! For every Strengths there is a Weaknesses section and 26 yr old, shin-splint riddled Will had plenty of them!

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June 10, 2022 10:25 am

…Kings fans are definitely in a cult. That explains a lot!

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June 10, 2022 10:28 am

Alright, new podcast episode! Perfect timing because there’s a bad heatwave here in NorCal (even here in the South Bay Area) and I’m going to spending all day today at the community center because I have no AC in my apartment (and since my unit is on the second floor it gets EXTREMELY hot in here), so I’m pretty much going to just be listening to podcasts all day to kill time while I’m in an air conditioned room.

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June 10, 2022 10:55 am
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Stay cool folks, scorcher today.
The pod will be good weekend whilst running errands listen for me.

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June 10, 2022 11:04 am

Jerry, concerning the great marriage advice…can I just say that I was following your advice, but

GREG RUINED MY MARRIAGE

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June 10, 2022 12:13 pm
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June 10, 2022 11:25 am

Very funny episode. That line about the cult leader killing the young movie star was classic.

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June 10, 2022 2:16 pm
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I was only half-listening at the moment, but that grabbed my full attention.

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June 10, 2022 2:50 pm
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This comment out of context would confuse the hell out of people, right? Appreciate you laughing along side all of us!

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June 11, 2022 5:12 am
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I love left-field analogies that totally hit the mark.

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June 14, 2022 9:31 am
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That’s what makes these pods so great. Insightful and funny.

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June 10, 2022 11:39 am

Something interesting to listen to during the rest of this day.

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June 10, 2022 5:13 pm

Still haven’t heard a compelling case for Ivey.

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June 11, 2022 8:38 am
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Here’s one for you: He might not be there to take at 4. I think there’s at least a 50% chance Holmgren drops to the Kings.

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June 11, 2022 9:34 am
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Dream scenario

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June 11, 2022 11:11 am

It’s a dream scenario from a fit standpoint, but I think Banchero would be the dream scenario from a realistic BPA standpoint (I don’t see a realistic way for Smith to drop to #4).

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June 10, 2022 6:47 pm

I think for Sacramento, this is not a 3 player draft nor a 4 player draft as Keegan Murray is absorbed into the Top tier.

This discussion makes that so – if Paolo Banchero is a debate pick with Keegan Murray, than that’s a talent vs fit question that is near enough to see-saw.

Either it’s Jabari/Chet then Banchero/Ivey/Murray for the Kings, or it isn’t.

Lotsa fun listening to the fellas banter.

Thanks to the Gang of 5 for the listen!

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June 10, 2022 7:44 pm

Do you think Det gives up Bey for Holmes, Barnes and swap of 4 and 5?

What about Atl giving Collins for ’23 unprotected pick and salary filler?

Fox, Davion
DD, TD
Bey/Barnes, Murray
Collins, Murray
Sabonis, Jones/Holmes

That team is going to the playoffs and I’m not blinking about that ’23 pick. I think you have to make the Atl trade first while the pick has more value. If Det trade doesn’t go through and Barnes is there instead of Bey, it’s still a playoff team imo. Thoughts?

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June 10, 2022 9:10 pm
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Playin maybe . Not sure Collins is the answer plus why would Atlanta do that ?

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June 10, 2022 10:01 pm
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Nah, they get in, playin absolutely minimal.

Atl does it betting on the kings being the kings with the unprotected. They also likely get a tradeable asset in Holmes, maybe 3 team with Cha

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June 11, 2022 12:04 pm
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Detroit only does that trade if they absolutely believe that Ivey is it, otherwise it makes no sense, so who knows.
As for the ATL trade, why trade for Collins and then draft Murray who is playing the same position and role as Collins? If you make that trade, I imagine you take Ivey and hope you hit the jackpot with him and are a playin team next season.
I wouldn’t hate this but with how loaded the West is, not sure it even gets us into the playin.
Fox, Mitchell
DD, Ivey
Barnes
Collins
Sabonis, Holmes

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June 11, 2022 11:05 pm
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You still take Murray because you need a high quality backup at the 3 and 4, as you can see in your lineup that’s missing. Murray could split with Bey/Barnes and Collins and still all be getting 32 min a night.

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June 11, 2022 8:37 am

I’m going to on record today saying I think this is what the lottery could really look like:

Jabari Smith Jr Orlando
Jaden Ivey Oklahoma City
Paolo Banchero Houston
Chet Holmgren Sacramento
Shaedon Sharpe Detroit
Keegan Murray Indiana
Dyson Daniels Portland
Jeremy Sochan New Orleans
Bennedict Mathurin San Antonio
Johnny Davis Washington
Jalen Duren New York
Tari Eason Oklahoma City
Mark Williams Charlotte
EJ Liddell Cleveland

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June 11, 2022 8:49 am
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This makes Griffin the falling knife. Definitely not out of the question, though it would surprise me a little.

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June 11, 2022 8:53 am
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To be honest, Agbaji holds more appeal than Griffin does. AJ Griffin just screams Harry Giles all over again, and it’s not the Sacramento factor at all.

What about the top 4, do you think that’s possible?

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June 11, 2022 2:21 pm
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Possible? Yes. As of today, I do not see Ivey jumping the big three. But it is possible that he (or even Murray or Sharpe) jumps one or two of them.

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June 11, 2022 3:06 pm
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Yep. I think what’s likely going on is that Presti is trying to figure out what he can get for Holmgren. And I doubt he’ll get it is my hunch. Unless it’s a player like Richaun Holmes is the cost. Then I think you absolutely do that.

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June 11, 2022 9:35 am
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Hard to imagine a better outcome for the Kings. That’s Haliburton all over again.

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June 11, 2022 10:29 am

I could see OKC being excited about SGA-Ivey-Giddey at the 1-2-3, and then they have the assets to get whatever they need for the front court, whether by draft or trade.

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June 11, 2022 10:37 am
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It’s certainly possible. I’m just not high on Ivey and I’m not sure what he adds to that team that they need (outside of upside talent, of course). Combine that with the fact that I don’t think he’s especially close to BPA at that slot. But obviously I’m not in the room in OKC and it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been wrong about this stuff. It just seems to me that pretty much any of the other options are at least as talented and bring skills/positions the OKC needs.

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June 11, 2022 10:52 am

I am not high on Ivey either, but don’t watch the college game enough to understand why everyone is so high on him. OKC seems to have a plan and a type of player they go for, I would be intrigued as to what development plan they had for him.

On the topic of OKC, at some point they have to start spending their capital, as it is going to reach the point they are devaluing their picks pretty quickly. They will not have roster spots for that many first round picks. Maybe they are going to see if they can do whatever to get Victor Wembanyama, I don’t know. They could Godfather offer any team to get any young big they want, it seems.

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June 11, 2022 5:53 pm
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They could Godfather offer any team to get any young big they want, it seems.

For Jabari Smith, I can see that. But not for the true greats you won’t. James, O’Neal, Duncan, Alcindor types.

They will not have roster spots for that many first round picks.

I can see them trading the 12th or 30th pick this year for a vet. But the other thing is, I think they will at some point. Just not maybe until next year.

I think they will use those picks to go after a big time All Star/franchise guy. I wouldn’t bet against Presti at this point. I can’t imagine he doesn’t have an idea of when it would be best suited to start emptying the stockpile.

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June 12, 2022 7:37 am

I think OKC will absolutely take their perceived BPA. They are looking for a superstar to build around. If it’s Ivey and he’s somewhat redundant with SGA, they will move SGA.

That being said, I still think they take Chet.

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June 11, 2022 12:08 pm
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Also, don’t sleep on OKC taking Russ back in exchange for future LAL picks that could be quite juicy. Russ back in OKC would sell a lot of tickets while the young guys continue to grow.

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June 11, 2022 4:49 pm
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They don’t have a 1st they can trade until 2026, I think.

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June 11, 2022 5:56 pm

It wouldn’t surprise me if they would prefer to go one more year, and let RW expire. They could have lots of cap space in 2023.

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June 11, 2022 10:36 am

Here’s the thing. I know it’s hard to forecast a players career perfectly, and I’ve long accepted that. But I think Smith is probably at the top of everyone’s big board right now. It’s difficult, outright impossible for me, to imagine anyone but Jabari Smith Jr going #1.

Holmgren in OKC? I can see it…..but I’m not especially convinced they need Holmgren’s talents more than an Ivey’s….who I think is not only a terrific fit in OKC but also a terrific fit with the guys they are serious about building around in SGA & Giddey.

I think Banchero makes more sense in Houston than OKC, but I can see Banchero going #2 as well. But I don’t know that Banchero’s playmaking fits in as well in OKC as it would it in Houston.

And that’s how I think Holmgren drops. Because you can make a more compelling case for Smith in Orlando, Ivey in OKC and Banchero in Houston.

The 5 teams in order from worst to last in ORtg were:

OKC 30th (103.8)
Orlando (103.9)
Detroit (105.8)
Portland (107.3)
Houston (108.1)

I’m not knocking Chet Holmgren, and I’d be excited if the Kings drafted him. If he has a long term future with Sabonis, which I’m mostly unsure of to be honest, he’s probably as close as a perfect fit as you could get. At least on paper, and, well, the games mostly don’t play out the way we think it does on paper.

But I also don’t think Holmgren dramatically improves your offense across the board without scoring talent around him. At least 3 scorers. Orlando, as of now, does not have that. OKC obviously doesn’t. Houston doesn’t. It’s a tigher roster construction fit for a sleight thereotical edge in talent IMO. Presti will do what he does. And I have a feeling Holmgren’s body works against him staying in the top 3. It’s perfectly fine in Sacramento, Holmgren is exactly the kind of player that you would want next to Sabonis and Sabonis does the very thing Holmgren isnt capable of doing and won’t be capable of doing for some time. If ever.

You could very easily argue that Ivey, Banchero and Holmgren are easily on the same tier. With Smith a tier above all of them. I don’t remember if I’ve argued this lately, but I think as important as it is to jump in the top 4, it’s also equally important the order the lottery sets up to be. If the Kings were going to jump to only the 4th slot, and their main target has been Chet Holmgren, IMO, the order worked out perfectly for them.

If there’s one thing about McNair that I believe matters and is important, it’s that he doesn’t overreact. He doesn’t let rumors shake him, he doesn’t let things like positional fit shake him, and so forth. OKC taking Ivey doesn’t scare him, it’s exactly what he’s hoping for. Banchero going to Houston? Same thing.

Here’s food for thought. Let’s say Orlando does what Kevin O’Connor suggests they’ll do and takes Holmgren. Do you think OKC would even consider trading Jabari Smith Jr if he fell in their laps? I personally don’t think that for even a minute. That’s the worst case scenario for McNair, but right now nobody thinks that’ll happen.

Just something tells me that what’s really going on is everyone is trying to gauge how serious the Kings are about taking Ivey. But in the end, it’s just gamesmanship that works on a bad GM like Vlade, and less so on a GM like McNair. I have a feeling the Kings won’t have to make a decision on Jaden Ivey because he won’t even be there to take at 4. Call it my spidey sense BHE. Stranger things, IMO, have happened.

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June 11, 2022 10:59 am
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I think that is pretty sound reasoning Guru. I have read a lot of writers talking about Orlando’s love of length and how that makes an interesting fit for Chet, but they have a lot of talented young guards to sort out who are the keepers in the next season or two. They found a plus starter in WC Jr (my 2018 draft crush), what looks like another plus starter in Franz, and whatever Isaac is. They need shooting, and passing up Smith Jr seems risky even for Kangz Florida Edition.

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June 11, 2022 1:01 pm
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TBH Mike, I totally forgot about Carter Jr. That makes Holmgren even less likely IMO. And that’s assuming they will move on from Bamba.

I don’t really see Smith not being taken at 1.

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June 11, 2022 11:31 am
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Stranger things have certainly happened, and as I’ve said, I’ve certainly been wrong before. But if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on Smith and Holmgren being gone at 1 and 2.

one thing I hadn’t consider until this moment though, is Houston offering a player/picks package to move up to 1 to take Holmgren. He’s as good a theoretical fit with Sabonis v.2 in HOU as he is with us. Maybe they also try to pull one of ORL’s guards in the deal as well.

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June 11, 2022 11:38 am

That is interesting to think about.

I am curious as to what this off season is going to be like.

Does Lavine end up being in a S&T? Does Ayton? They would cause some decent players to move to match contracts. What do the Wizards to with Beal? I think he is too old to invest 200m in. Do the Nets and Kyrie come to a contract agreement? What does Portland swing for, they seemed to have dumped their assets too quickly. Dallas hasn’t ever been a FA destination, how do they make the next step? Does Memphis wait one more season to consolidate? How is Ainge going to redirect Utah? Does Toronto move OG? Could be fun.

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June 11, 2022 11:47 am

Holmgren would be a good fit in Houston, but I think Smith would also be a good fit & I think he’s easily a better prospect than Holmgren. If someone wants to move up to #1, I think they’d almost certainly draft Smith.

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June 11, 2022 2:16 pm
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We’ll see. Teams often prefer playmakers at the top, and while Smith is an excellent prospect and a great shooter for his age, he isn’t much of a creator and hasn’t shown much scoring versatility. I can easily see teams prefering Banchero’s playmaking, or Holmgren’s better all-around game.

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June 12, 2022 7:45 am

I keep thinking that OKC has the draft capital to move up to #1 if they want and grab Smith Jr. That could change a lot of draft scenarios because I feel Orlando would then opt for Paolo at #2.

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June 12, 2022 8:04 am
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Sure, if they want to. Though, if ORL are open to trading the top pick, there are a number of teams with the capital to trade up if they’re willing spend it. But without knowing OKC’s draft board I’d say any of the top 3 would suit them really well and are all worthy of being top picks so, personally, I wouldn’t spend assets to move up. I’d much rather take my top pick of who’s left and spend those extra assets on other trades.

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June 12, 2022 11:55 am
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You know Adam, I think this scenario makes sense. Except for Orlando having a 1st round pick from Chicago (lottery protected) in 2023, and the same thing with Denver in 2025 (provided OKC gets their pick owed from Denver in 2023), I’m not sure how much more draft capital you really need to swap a spot. Orlando’s picks are pretty valuable on their own, as well.

This is an interesting scenario but one I doubt Orlando really entertains unless they don’t like anyone that much at the top of the draft. If that’s the case, why not trade farther back?

I wouldn’t spend assets to move up. I’d much rather take my top pick of who’s left and spend those extra assets on other trades.

I agree with this logic as well, BHE. OKC has a ton of future picks, but most of them are non lottery. It’s hard to imagine Orlando really wanting to move down a spot just to grab non lottery picks when they already have 2 in the pipe themselves.

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June 11, 2022 11:42 am
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I think Sengun/Holmgren would probably be a better fit for Houston than Sengun/Banchero. Sengun doesn’t have as much potential as a playmaker as Banchero, but he has plenty of potential as a playmaker. However, I think Banchero would be the BPA between Holmgren & himself.

Personally, I have Banchero in the top tier w/Smith, Holmgren in the next tier & Ivey in the 3rd tier w/Murray & Sharpe.

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June 12, 2022 7:00 am
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Well written, Holmgren scares me because I think he will be a horrific defender and he didn’t play very well against better schools. I would hope that Indy or Detroit would love him and overpay to trade up and get him and we could still have Murray..

on another note If kings get stuck with Ivey (I’m not sold on him) I sure hope we can trade Holmes for 13 or 15 and Jovic.. I think Jovic will be a very solid NBA player..similar to a Bjelly but slightly better individual defender and similar team

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June 12, 2022 7:15 am
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I could also be putting too much emphasis on Holmgren defense based off of his not length. I know he was a very good shot blocker and has excellent BBIQ. Sabonis cannot guard as well outside so that leaves Chet to slide out on 4’s so I think his shot blocking get negated quite a bit as I don’t know he is quick enough to get back to rotate and be a rim protector he was in college. I also know that I don’t have a great reason for Homgren scaring me and although I love Murray, the more I read and watch Holmgren I see how he would probably be the smarter pick over Murray if he drops.. unless we could get a Bey and Murray if Detroit wanted him..

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June 12, 2022 8:11 am
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I think having Holmgren guarding 4s is the ideal set up for his shot blocking. Especially wary in his career. He rotates and helps intelligently and covers ground quickly. Think of the way Isaac blocks shots. They get their blocks from the weak side, rotations, and help defense.

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June 12, 2022 11:08 am

Agree… I think my fascination with Murray is a form of confirmation bias that I am looking for any reason to put Murray ahead of Holmgren without solid reasoning.

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June 12, 2022 11:56 am
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Murray is a good prospect! He feels safer because he has a more traditional NBA build, is older, and played very well in a higher usage role as the featured player in his team’s offense.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to tend that direction. I don’t agree, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable.

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June 13, 2022 11:07 am
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Holmgren can actually defend perimeter players quite well as he has excellent foot work and a 7’6″ wingspan. He will obviously need some time to adjust to the speed but I think he’ll be just fine on switches and close outs.

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June 12, 2022 7:42 am
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Solid reasoning. I’d love it if Chet fell to the Kings. Perfect pairing for Sabonis.

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June 12, 2022 8:16 am
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I’m not going to hold my breath, but that would absolutely be a Haliburton-level “holy-shit-I-can’t-believe-he-fell-to-us.” He is absolutely #1 worthy and a tailor made fit next to Sabonis.

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June 11, 2022 10:32 am
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I hope that happens for Houston as well. I am not high on KPJ at all, but I could see a fan base getting excited watching Green, Sengun, and Paolo develop into a really interesting offensive team. I would trade Christian Wood in a heart beat to get his attitude away from those talented youngsters and let them develop. One of Garuba or Christopher might pop into a rotation player as well.

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June 11, 2022 10:38 am
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Paolo is the kind of playmaker they do not currently have, either. And the kind of playmaker that Holmgren isn’t as of yet, either, for that matter.

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June 11, 2022 10:43 am
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I am fine taking Holmgren’s unicorn-isity over Paolo’s playmaking (though I think Paolo’s skillset is going to translate to the NBA extremely well) since we have Sabonis. I really hope the franchises plan is to fully utilize Sabonis. I have watched a lot of Indiana basketball the last couple of years, and as obviously good as Sabonis has been, he has never seemed like he was in a system that was designed to maximize his game.

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June 11, 2022 11:34 am
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I’d say Paolo, as a playmaker, is pretty similar to KPJ and Green. Now, obviously getting that from the Front court is a very different thing.

I also think Holmgren is more of a playmaker than his role at Gonzaga showed. Obviously not in the ISO, off the dribble way that Paolo is, but I absolutely think a smart team will have him doing some high post facilitating and even working as the ball handler in PnRs at times.

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June 11, 2022 11:57 am

It seems like Sengun has plenty of potential as a playmaker (though not as much potential as Banchero).

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June 11, 2022 2:08 pm
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He’s a different type, but yes. He’s more of a high post playmaker type. Not one you give the ball to create.

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June 13, 2022 8:36 am

And he played with Timme, who operates in the mid-range and the paint, much like Sabonis. It was almost like a practice run!

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June 11, 2022 11:26 am
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Although Griffin has a lot of flaws, I don’t think Eason or Liddell will be drafted ahead of him (esp. Eason, who also has a lot of flaws).

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June 11, 2022 11:36 am
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I wouldn’t be especially surprised to see Eason fall to the end of the round or even out of it. I’d put Griffin’s floor somewhere around 20.

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June 11, 2022 12:02 pm

I’m guessing that Griffin’s floor is the middle of the 1st round & that Eason’s floor is the late 1st round.

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June 14, 2022 2:32 pm
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I’d honestly not be shocked if Griffin went at four or five. If his knee is sound, he is such a good fit in Sacramento. A strong and solid 6’6″/220 with a seven-foot wingspan. With Brown’s tutelage, becoming an excellent defender is possible for Griffin. His offensive game needs polishing, too, but there’s no question that he can shoot the ball, and he has a great handle.

But the knee…

Big risk, potentially huge reward. It’ll be harder to pass on him than I’d previously thought, because he could be Jaylen Brown if he’s healthy.

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June 11, 2022 12:06 pm
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Drafts rarely go as planned or as the media narrative would have it, so I agree with you that the big 3 won’t be the first 3 taken. Which of the 3 falls to us at 4? I would say it’s clearly either Chet or Paolo. I think Smith is a lock at 1.

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June 11, 2022 12:15 pm

If we stay put at 4 and don’t trade the pick, the pick has to be BPA and whoever is BPA in Monte’s view. A team that has sucked for almost two decades can’t be drafting at 4 with fit in mind. When you are top end talent starved as the Kings have been and are (sorry neither Fox or Sabonis are number 1’s IMO), you can’t draft for fit. So, I hope Monte takes the player he deems BPA, whether that is Ivey or Murray, or even another player for that matter.

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June 11, 2022 12:37 pm
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Agreed.

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June 11, 2022 12:20 pm

Watching the bits of the Finals that I have seen so far, seems the W’s could really use a player like Barnes. Just look at how effective Wiggins was the last game against all that length and athleticism that Bos has. They could really use another player like that in Barnes (that tweener 3/4 who can guard guys like Brown and Tatum) Win or lose, I think the W’s will have interest in a player like Barnes and they do have some intriguing young players on potential offer (Wiseman, Kuminga, Moody). These are the type of deals I hope Monte will look into to bolster this roster for the future, using trade chips like Barnes and Holmes.

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June 11, 2022 1:01 pm
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Don’t you think Kuminga and Moody are the exact type of players that you think the Warriors need?

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June 11, 2022 2:19 pm
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This, they already have those guys developing well in-house. In fact, as I’ve mentioned, I expect the Warriors to seriously look to trade Wiggins this off-season instead of dealing with his potential extension.

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June 11, 2022 3:15 pm

They could let him walk as a FA, too. Because Wiggins occupies a max slot, teams might not be all that eager for him because they have to commit a rookie max slot to Wiggins for a year.

Plus, I don’t think the Warriors are worried about losing Wiggins that much. You also have Klay coming off the books in 2024. I doubt this is as much of an issue unless they are hemorraging in ways nobody knows about.

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June 11, 2022 6:09 pm

I hope Banchero doesn’t fall….

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June 12, 2022 2:44 pm

I like trading up to #2. OKC may be satisfied with our next pick and a home run swing with Ivey. Makes sense for both sides.

Jabari and Chet would both be great players, but man would I really want Chet. Not only because I believe he has the highest potential of anybody in this draft, but the fact he is the made-in-a-lab frontcourt pairing with Sabonis.

The way those guys skillset complement each other is like a jigsaw puzzle. They are meant to be. Sabonis handles the NBA’s giants, and Holmgren gives him the weak side help. Sabonis serves as the hub in the center of the offense, Holmgren knocks down kickout 3s.

And to imagine Holmgren and Sabonis playing the pick and roll with one another, no matter who the ball handler and screener is, is something to risk it all for. We’d be a good wing away from one of the most offensively dynamic teams in the league – with a perhaps formidable defense.

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June 12, 2022 5:43 pm
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Holmgren’s talented & great from a fit standpoint, but I think Banchero’s more talented.

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June 12, 2022 7:17 pm
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I like trading up to #2. OKC may be satisfied with our next pick and a home run swing with Ivey. Makes sense for both sides.

I really don’t wish to trade up to #2 for Holmgren. I like him, but not to that level. Holmgren might not be exactly what OKC is looking for, but that’s not McNair’s problem. The only way I’m willing to trade 2 spots with OKC is someone like Richaun Holmes. Which I doubt does anything for Presti in any way.

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June 12, 2022 7:25 pm
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I truly only like Chet the more I watch him play and think about his potential individually and as part of this team. He could honestly be a franchise-changing player standing in plain sight but he’s too skinny for anyone to care. If we get him at #4 I will do a backflip.

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June 12, 2022 9:34 pm
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I actually think that beyond his body, a thing that is tripping some people up is that he went to a program that focuses on team and a system built around primarily upperclassmen. Gonzaga just started pulling high level recruits and, unlike many schools that pull 5-star recruits, integrates them into their team concept rather than working to feature them. Chet got his points Comparing him to the other consensus top 3, he scored at about the same rate:

(per 36)
Smith – 21.2
Holmgren – 18.9
Banchero – 18.8
Ivey – 19.8

despite having a significantly lower USG%:
Smith – 27.6
Holmgren – 21.6
Banchero – 27.5
Ivey – 28.7

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June 13, 2022 9:55 am

Drew Timme (21-22): 29.9 USG
Chet Holmgren (21-22): 21.6 USG
Andrew Nembhard (21-22): 18.6 USG
Rasir Bolton (21-22): 17.3 USG
Julian Strawther (21-22): 18.6 USG

Drew Timme (20-21): 26.9 USG
Corey Kispert (20-21): 22.7 USG
Jalen Suggs (20-21): 24.8 USG

I think the issue is that Holmgren isn’t a complete offensive player yet. I can see some teams caring about this, and others not.

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June 12, 2022 4:23 pm

This draft is starting to have a very 2015 draft vibe to it, maybe even 2016. Lots of hype up top for a couple then nothing for the rest of the draft. Yet most missed and some surprises at the bottom of the lottery were the only bright spots from the entire draft.

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June 12, 2022 7:27 pm

I initially thought this was a weak draft but I actually think it’s above average now. A couple guys could be real stars, and there’s maybe another 20-30 I feel confident in saying will be NBA players in some capacity.

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June 12, 2022 5:44 pm

Can we get a small article on the newest coach they hired? Great pieces on the other ones.

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