Despite having an extremely talented guard-center duo of Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings have once again found themselves in the draft lottery. Needing one more player to possibly get over the hump, this draft pick comes with the utmost importance.
Selecting at No. 8 is not fantastic, but a quality player is still expected to be selected at that spot. Such a loaded draft will give Sacramento the opportunity to do just that by picking former Kentucky Wildcats standout, Julius Randle. Many of you may believe Randle will be off of the board by the time the Kings’ pick comes around, but recent reports have suggested that the health status of his foot may drastically impact his draft stock due to the possibility of surgery.
Surgery is certainly alarming, especially since he will likely miss a significant chunk of the 2014-15 season if he is in fact required to have it. As a result, owner Vivek Ranadive may be reluctant to pick Randle due to the executive’s tremendous desire to win, but Randle must be picked if he is still remaining .
Cousins has been known for becoming a bit overly emotional at times, something that has also come to significantly affect his defensive abilities as well. With that said, Sacramento does not have a power forward at the moment who can pick up Cousins’ slack on both offense and defense when he gets into that mood. Therefore, Randle not only makes the most sense, but should be a no-brainer.
Numerous scouts have compared Randle to the mighty Zach Randolph mainly because of his ability to be a bully on the boards. Additionally, his defensive presence is constantly being felt and his size translates perfectly into the NBA for a power forward. A frontcourt tandem of Cousins and Randle has the potential to become one of the league’s elite.
Yes, Sacramento has a wide variety of other power forwards on the roster, but Randle simply cannot be passed on if he just so happens to fall into their laps.