Kings Really Dropped The Ball
Looking back at the 2012 draft, I can't help but think the kings really messed up and drafted Thomas Robinson instead of Damian Lilliard. I know it's only a month into the season but TRob has been very inconsistent and has had foul trouble which is really limiting his impact on the team; while Lilliard is a breath of fresh air to the Portland franchise and is really looking like a future star with the way he has been playing; he's been better than advertised and is also a very mature and poised leader, something the kings thought hey would get from TRob who has already been suspended this season. I know still too early to say the kings made a mistake but when chuck Hayes averages as much assists(2.1) as both Aaron brooks and Isaiah Thomas, you know your team is in trouble as the play of their point guards is one of the main reasons the kings are bottom feeders again this year.
Last year the Kings got the steal of the draft with Isiah Thomas. He could easily log major minutes for them. On the flip side the Kings have numerous talented players like Evans, Cousins, and Thornton to build around BUT all of these players need and take tons of shots. T Rob gives them a workhorse PF to play alongside Cousins who doesn't have the highest motor anyway.
Will Dillard end up being the better player? Maybe, there's a good chance of that happening, but that doesn't mean that the Kings made a bad pick for their team.
The kings just need a high character leader at any position and they would be fine, but they dont, so they are going to be a group of talented players who can't play together and don't have chemistry. I thought T Rob could be that guy, and if he is then it wasnt a bad pick because brooks and thomas are decent point guards, The could use a power forward much more than a PG
I think the bigger mistake was drafting jimmer 2 years ago instead of kawhi leaonard, imagine how much better shape they'd be in with leonard and lilliard then jimmer and robinson, though im not giving up on himyet, i mean its been less than 20 games
That whole trade was a mistake, they moved 3 spots back and got jimmer and John salmons? Hey should've stayed put and they could've had Kemba walker but noo John salmons was too good to pass up lol
Well realistically you could look at even the last three drafts and find instances where every single team dropped the ball and should have taken a different player. It's just the nature of the draft, we are never going to find a draft where every player in the draft gets progressively worse until the 60th pick.
Not a surprise TRob is a little slow out of the gate. Despite being a Jr when he declared, he had only been a starter for one. He's been fouling a lot, but I think by Jan, he'll be a much better player. His shot selection now, compared to a month ago, is much better, and I think it's only a matter of time until he replaces J. Thompson.
TRob was trying to convince anyone that would listen(not many) that he was the number one pick and surefire ROY. Not even close, he is a tweener of sorts. Probably a journey man type...
I'd say the biggest problem for Sacramento is how much isolation they run.. It's surprising they can stick in games with the type of game they play... They have a bunch of guys who don't like to play team oriented basketball at all, they are last in the league in assists and 25th in rebounding.. Evans is the best playmaker they have but they've taken the ball out of hands in the effort to make him a scorer and in my opinion that has backfired badly...
I like the Thomas Robinson pick, in time he will develop into a good player, solid starter at least. He will always scrap and claw down low, teams need that type of presence. Lillard may have been a really good fit, but it's too early to say that they made a mistake already..