On Wednesday January 29th the Rising Star Challenge participants were announced, and the Sacramento Kings did not have one player selected for the Rookies or Sophomores. The omission of a Kings player is not a good sign for the Kings because they had two top seven picks in the last two drafts. In 2012 the Kings drafted Thomas Robinson with the fifth overall pick. Currently Robinson plays for the Portland Trailblazers, after being traded during his rookie season. Then in last year’s draft the Kings selected Ben McLemore with the seventh overall selection. Coming out in the draft last year McLemore was said to be the best scorer, however, he had been a disappointment early on in his rookie season. McLemore has not only lost his starting job and has struggled lately with the proof being his 6.1 points per game for the month of January on only 34% shooting. Therefore, the All-Star weekend might be adding more pain to the tough season the current last place Kings are suffering.
The Sacramento Kings have been in the lottery the past seven drafts, and of those seven lottery picks they only have four of them on the roster. Furthermore, only two of them are starting currently, and really only one of them is actually worth keeping around long term as a building block. Let’s take a look back at some of the good and bad picks the Kings have made over the past seven years.