Dave Joerger reportedly wanted to draft Luka Doncic over Marvin Bagley III
Former Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger reportedly wanted to draft Luka Doncic over Marvin Bagley III with the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic.
Joerger, who reportedly didn’t connect well with a lot of the players on the Kings during his tenure in Sacramento, was also not satisfied with the backup point guards behind starter De’Aaron Fox.
“That wasn’t the only difference in opinion Joerger had with the front office about the roster. Sources say Joerger also favored drafting Luka Doncic over Bagley and was not satisfied with the backup point guards behind De’Aaron Fox.”
Doncic had a stellar rookie season for the Dallas Mavericks and is the frontrunner to win the 2019 Rookie of the Year award. Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists for the Mavs, recording 24 double-doubles and eight triple-doubles. Though both he and Fox, who established himself as one of the league’s most promising lead guards as a sophomore, are best with the ball in their hands, the Kings — like every team in the league — would certainly be better off employing two plus playmakers rather than one.
It’s not like Bagley didn’t play well for the Kings, by the way. The lefty put up 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 62 games while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. The 20-year-old showed he has a bright future in the league, potentially on both sides of the ball.
The Kings are looking to move on from the Joerger era, hoping new coach Luke Walton will connect with young like players like Bagley better than Joerger did.