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The Sacramento Kings have been mired in one of the longest streaks of mediocrity one can remember in quite some time. It has been at least ten years since they last had a truly winning program. Every year they pick in the top ten of the NBA Draft and they continually swing and miss on guys. One miscue that must be bothering Kings fans is the team’s decision to select Thomas Robinson over Damian Lillard in this past draft. Robinson was clearly the more decorated player. He was drafted out of Kansas and put up one of the best statistical seasons in college basketball in recent memory. Lillard was the small school star, being drafted out of Weber State who play in the Big Sky conference.
The Portland Trailblazers ended up picking Lillard one pick later and boy has that been a home run for them. Lillard looks like he could be a top ten player in the league in the not too distant future. He is averaging 19 points per game and dishing out nearly 7 assists per game. Boy could the Kings use that. They are currently using a point guard rotation of Aaron Brooks, Isaiah Thomas, and Jimmer Fredette, a sight that would make most fans sick to their stomachs.
This type of situation could really be applied to most Kings’ drafts. They constantly miss out on franchise changing talents and this is the reason why they have been so bad these past years. The key to success is obviously drafting well and the Kings have not done well in this department for quite some time.