Sacramento Kings ‘torn’ on Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr.
Like a kid in a toy store given the privilege to get any toy that he wants, the Sacramento Kings are seemingly in a flux as to which player they are going to select with their no. 2 pick in this Thursday’s NBA Draft. According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, the Kings remain undecided on the matter with former Duke Blue Devils double-double machine Marvin Bagley III and European phenom Luka Doncic being the biggest figures dancing in their heads.
Per league sources, there is legitimate indecision within the #Kings front office between Marvin Bagley III and Luca Doncic. One league source used the word “torn.” Teams I’ve spoken with are operating under the impression that #Sacramento will select Bagley at two. #NBADraft
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 20, 2018
This report was doubled down by Marc Stein of The New York Times, who added that Missouri Tigers product Michael Porter Jr. is also in the mix.
Sacramento: Capital city of NBA intrigue. Marvin Bagley is the CURRENT favorite at No. 2 in the draft, but there are teams in the lottery that think the Kings ultimately can't resist Luka Doncic … and they've been known to be weighing Michael Porter, too. Answers: 24 hours away
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 20, 2018
Bagley III or Doncic would give Sacramento a big shot in the arm following years of underperformance in the Western Conference. Sacramento has not been to the playoffs since 2006, and the last time they won at least 38 games in a season was way back in 2007-08.
The Kings have been notoriously bad in converting their first-round picks into meaningful NBA commodities over the past several years. Save for DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have used several of their high picks since 2010 on players who have not panned out how they envisioned. Guys like Nik Stauskas, Ben McLemore, and Thomas Robinson have all become draft day horror stories for Sacramento.
Meanwhile, the jury is still out for De’Aaron Fox, the Kings’ no. 5 pick last year.
Sacramento is just hoping that whoever they select on Thursday will turn out to be the key to unlocking the door out of mediocrity.