By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on June 16, 2014
The Sacramento Kings are determined to turn their team around in 2014-15 season and need to choose wisely in the 2014 NBA Draft. They will have the eighth selection and will have many talented prospects to choose from. Here are five players who the Kings should avoid drafting.
Ben McLemore did not show much his rookie season, so the Kings cannot afford to take a risk with a shooting guard again this year. Stauskas is one of the best shooters in the draft, but he's slow and might be one-dimensional in the NBA. Sacramento should pass on Stauskas.
Getting a point guard who can control the offense is at the top of the Kings' list of priorities, especially with Isaiah Thomas set to be a free agent. Ennis is a skilled guard, but he is not a top-10 pick. Ennis would be a reach for the Kings at No. 8.
McDermott could be a good fit with the Kings, but he too is a risky option at No. 8. Yes he can score, but how will his game translate to the NBA? There are some major concerns and risks involved with drafting McDermott, and the Kings can't afford to take those on.
Hood has a terrific jump shot with a fundamentally sound stroke. He can catch-and-shoot as well as pull up from the three-point line or mid-range. His game is extremely similar to Rudy Gay's, so the Kings don't need that redundancy. Could he potentially take the place of Rudy Gay in the future? Sure, but he's far from a sure thing.
Smart is potent offensive player with a fountain of skills. He's a competetive and determined leader whose only desire is to win. However, despite his talent, the Kings need to pass on Smart because of his attitude problems. His issues are overblown, but the Kings can't take that risk because they have enough attitude problems of their own. DeMarcus Cousins has had issues in the past, so who knows how he and Smart would mesh?
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