2012 NBA Draft Grades: Thomas Robinson to Kings at No. 5

Sacramento Kings | Last Season: 22-44 | Draft Picks: 5, 36

Season Summary: If there were anything to take away from the Kings disappointing 2011-12 season, it would be the progress made by DeMarcus Cousins in his second season as the former Kentucky star averaged a double-double on the year.

Draft Needs: Unfortunately for Sacramento, there are numerous areas they need to focus on in this year’s draft, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they focused on finding a good shooter. Most likely, the Kings will be forced to go with the best player available—that is they decide to hold on to the pick.

Pick #5: Thomas Robinson | PF | Kansas

Robinson was a consensus first-team All-American, and if it wasn’t for that freshman from Kentucky he would have been the consensus national player of the year.  This Jayhawk is a monster on the boards; only Wilt Chamberlain had more rebounds in Kansas history. He’s relentless, strong, and physical.  Oh, and talented too.   His 27 double-doubles set a single-season Kansas record and led the nation.

Grade: A-

2012-2013 Outlook: With talented, young players like Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and Marcus Thornton, there’s plenty of potential for Sacramento—but it they still appear to be another year or two away from making the playoffs. At this point next year, we’ll hopefully be talking about how they’re finally ready to make that jump after another year of experience.

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