Story by: Anthony Abruzzo
The Sacramento Kings may have one of the worst– if the not the worst organization in the NBA and possibly in sports period.
Their general manager Vlade Divac has been awful since becoming the general manager of the Kings. Their owner Vivek Ranadive seems like he has no idea what he’s doing and that organization as a whole has been garbage from top to bottom.
They don’t know how to put a team together and surround a superstar with the necessary pieces it takes to make a run at the playoffs.
Back in 2010, the Kings selected DeMarcus Cousins in the draft. Since being drafted, Cousins has been a force in this league, became the best big man in basketball and a top 10 player. However, during those years, they’ve been a lottery team (while not making the playoffs or finishing with a winning record once) and had plenty of chances to draft great players. The problem is, this organization doesn’t know how to manage the draft.
The Kings had a chance to draft Klay Thompson, instead they drafted Jimmer Fredette. Thompson is arguably the best two guard in the league today while Fredette is not even in the NBA and instead is in China scoring 73 points.
They also had a chance to draft Damian Lillard but they opted to draft Thomas Robinson instead. Lillard has been one of the best point guards in the league since entering the league (including winning rookie of the year), meanwhile Robinson has been all over the NBA and can’t seem to find a spot on a roster or a role to fit.
Imagine a Lillard, Thompson, and Cousins trio that could’ve been. That would have easily been one of the best teams in the NBA and dare I say could have already made a Finals appearance.
The Kings also could have drafted CJ McCollum but chose to instead go with Ben McLemore. In 2015, they had a chance to draft a point guard which they desperately needed in Emmanuel Mudiay but instead they drafted a center in Willie Cauley-Stein when they already had Cousins who is the best the center in the game, and had just paid Kosta Koufus in free agency.
Wait, it gets better, in the 2016 draft they traded back from the eighth pick in order to get two first round picks in the same draft. What do they do with those picks? Well, they draft two centers that you have never heard of. There like, “We’ll just draft these two centers even though we have the best center, no big deal.”
Not only do they not know how to draft, but they can’t hire a decent head coach as they keep going through coach after coach. Since 2010, they have hired and fired Paul Westphal, Kevin Smart, Mike Malone, Tyrone Corbin, and George Karl. They currently have Dave Joerger at the helm.
Now they had a really good fit with Malone, but they decided that he wasn’t that good and fired him mid-season. Malone is now the current head coach for the Denver Nuggets and has been doing an outstanding job there especially developing talent like Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray*. Yet, he wasn’t quote unquote “good enough” in the eyes on the Kings organization.
The icing on the cake, they traded their star center in Cousins to the Pelicans for basically nothing. They think that Buddy Hield is the next Steph Curry. By the way, Hield is 23 years old and is a rookie. You got to be kidding me. This will go down as one of the worst trades of all time.
They had way better offers that they could have taken. Even the general manager admitted that he had a better deal two days before they traded Cousins away. How do you even admit that to the media?
— Fandings (@fandings) February 21, 2017
To sum things up, this organization is trash. They have no clue what they are doing. It seems like they don’t know a lick of basketball. They don’t know how to run an organization. All that needs to be said is, Cousins got out of town at the right time.
Featured Photo courtesy of The Sporting News
*Editors note: Go Nuggets