The Kings could be in for a wild offseason. They have to hire a new general manager after Vlade Divac resigned, big names like Buddy Hield could be on the trade block and then there’s the 2020 NBA Draft.
Sacramento will be on the clock with the 12th pick in the draft this year. The Kings can’t afford another flub on draft night, and they should have plenty of intriguing options just outside of the top 10. NBC Sports California’s James Ham has them taking Vanderbilt small forward Aaron Nesmith in his latest mock draft.
This also will be the first time the Kings have owned the No. 12 pick since they went with big man Jason Thompson in 2008. Thompson spent his first seven seasons in Sacramento and averaged 9.4 points per game. Simply put that’s not great but not too bad either.
There’s a mixed bag of results from the 12th pick throughout draft history. We looked at the last 20 years with a few hits the Kings hope to emulate, and some busts as examples they hope to avoid this year.
Adams isn’t quite a star, but he keeps getting better and better.
The 6-foot-11 New Zealand native averaged only 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Now in his seventh NBA season, Adams, who turned 27 years old last month, is averaging 9.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
Adams is a presence on defense who has improved offensively. The Kings would certainly like their own Adams on their roster.
Miss: Robert Swift, 2004, Seattle Supersonics
Swift is one of the biggest busts in draft history. The high school star skipped college and his NBA career lasted only four seasons.
Swift dealt with a long list of injuries during his playing career and an even longer list of off-court issues that went well past his NBA career. Over 97 games in the NBA, Swift averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while playing 15.5 minutes per game.
Since 2000, Young arguably is the best player chosen with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft. He’s been a bucket since Day 1. Again, Young isn’t a superstar but he knows how to score in the NBA.
Young spent the first seven years of his career in Philly and averaged 13.7 points per game for the Sixers. He was in his 13th season this year and still averaged 10.3 points per game for the Chicago Bulls.
The lefty has averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in the NBA. The Kings would take that any day.
This is the exact kind of player the Kings have to avoid. Henry was a star in high school and as a freshman at Kansas. And then, he didn’t pan out at all as a pro.
Henry lasted one season in Memphis, and only had a five-year NBA career. He averaged double-digits just once (10.0 in 2013-14 with the Los Angeles Lakers) and his career averge was a lowly 5.7 points per game.
The Kings can’t get swayed by a big name, they must make the right pick.
Hit: Dario Saric, 2014, Philadelphia 76ers
The Kings would love a Saric-esqe player. He’s a 6-foot-10 wing/forward who is an extremely smart basketball player.
Through four seasons, Saric is averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He’s also a 35.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
Saric isn’t a star, but every great team needs what he brings to the table.
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2020 NBA Draft: Biggest hits, misses with No. 12 pick in 21st century originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area