2012 Rant Sports NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
At the 5th slot, there is no way the Sacramento Kings pass up on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Simply put, he brings what the Kings need to the table and is a perfect fit. The Kings have scorers and playmakers. Toughness, defense, intensity, hustle are things that the Kings lack and are the traits MKG possesses.
Currently, Tyreke Evans plays heavy minutes at small forward. However, he’s definitely more suited for shooting guard and drafting Kidd-Gilchrist will allow them to properly use Evans and add a much needed defensive wing stopper.
Kidd-Gilchrist has fairly low bust potential, and will likely develop into a Gerald Wallace type player.
Adding Kidd-Gilchrist would give the Kings another fantastic piece moving forward, and put them in a very solid position. However, it would create a logjam at the shooting guard position as the Kings will have Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans, and Jimmer Fredette all capable of playing the two guard. Sure, all three of them can play point guard but ideally they are two guards. The likeliest scenario if this happens is shipping out Thornton and letting Jimmer play a combo guard 6th man role, or vice versa. Then again, if the Kings can get a quality center for Tyreke, they may pull the trigger and take that route.
If Gilchrist is taken earlier in the draft, look for the Kings to draft Harrison Barnes if available, or Andre Drummond. Pairing Drummond with DeMarcus Cousins would give the Kings a deadly future front-court. Drummond has an extremely high ceiling and would compliment Cousins very well.
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