MarvIf you read most media outlets you will notice plenty of love for the Phoenix Suns young talent and the youngsters on the Lakers. You won't hear the same said about the Sacramento Kings. For the last decade only three things have been likely, death, taxes and the Kings making poor basketball decisions. Beginning in 2016 that started to change the Kings began to stockpile assets and at the trade deadline moved on from their All Star big man Demarcus Cousins and accepted a rebuild.
The youngsters the Kings have drafted or acquired in the last 4 drafts include:
Willie Cauley Stein
Cauley Stein has had bouts of inconsistent play but is a NBA caliber big man.
Some of the reasons many undervalue him:
He is 5th in his draft class in total win shares.
He was 54th in the league last season in estimated wins added or EWA.
Among qualified centers he was 4th in steals and 6th in assists.
The Serbian guard proved quickly to be a solid pro. Bogdanovic was acquired in a draft day trade with the Phoenix Suns that also netted the Kings Georgios Papigannis and Skal Labissiere as well as Det 2020 2nd round pick.
Bogdanovic ranks 140th in EWA ahead of Kyle Kuzma and Robert Covington.
The centerpiece of the Demarcus Cousins trade Hield has proven to be an elite 3 point shooter and intriguing young talent.
Hield is 79th in EWA ahead of Myles Turner and Draymond Green.
Hield also ranked 9th in 3 point percentage.
The 10th pick was part of the DMC trade, the Kings also had the 5th selection as well.
De'Aaron Fox was selected 5th and had an uneven rookie season.
The Kings traded down from the 10th pick for 15th and 20th selections.
Harry Giles was taken with the 20th selection. Giles was the number 1 player in his highschool recruiting class and many compared him to Kevin Garnett.
Despite his superstar level talent Giles fell on draft day because of two different knee injuries.
was drafted by the Kings 2nd overall. The Ringer actually called Marvin Bagley the player they would have taken number 1 overall.
Recapping the Kings have added what looks like three young starters as well as 4 more young pieces who were drafted too recently to know what they will become. Fox, Bagley and Giles all possess star level or higher talent and Hield could still develop to an all star level.
Nothing is guaranteed and Giles health will be a big factor but the Kings could be a team on the rise sooner than most anticipate.