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Kings Report
Gilles Teternikoff
May 30, 2006
 
Sacramento href=/profile//> Kings
Draft href=/profile//> Pick href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> #19

Depth href=/profile//> Chart: href=/profile//>
PG: href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Bibby/Jason href=/profile//> Hart/Ronnie href=/profile//> Price
SG: href=/profile//> Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells*/Kevin href=/profile//> Martin
SF: href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Artest/Francisco href=/profile//> Garcia/Sergey href=/profile//> Monya
PF: href=/profile//> Kenny href=/profile//> Thomas/Shareef href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim/Corliss href=/profile//> Williamson
C: href=/profile//> Brad href=/profile//> Miller/Vitaly href=/profile//> Potapenko/Jamal href=/profile//> Sampson*

Background:
After href=/profile//> productive href=/profile//> off-season href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> acquired href=/profile//> Shareef href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> post-up href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compliment href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> “Big href=/profile//> Three” href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Jason href=/profile//> Hart href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> defensive-minded href=/profile//> backup href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Bibby href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> believed href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> Pacific href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Suns, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> Stoudemire’s href=/profile//> surgery. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> turned href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> out:
Stojakovic href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> “franchise href=/profile//> player” href=/profile//> wasn’t href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> completely href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> post-up href=/profile//> players; href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team’s href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> Bibby href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Miller href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> longer href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> adjust; href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> severely href=/profile//> lacked href=/profile//> leadership; href=/profile//> Kenny href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> believed href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> starter href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> useless href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench; href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> (Martin href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Garcia) href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> consistency; href=/profile//> Hart href=/profile//> failed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> freedom; href=/profile//> everybody href=/profile//> else href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> offer. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> words href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> nowhere. href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> dynamic href=/profile//> changed href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> trading href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Artest. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> instantly href=/profile//> strengthened href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> provided href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> leadership href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> eventually href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> integrated href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> offense. href=/profile//> Of href=/profile//> course href=/profile//> maturing href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Martin href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Garcia, href=/profile//> willingness href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> thus href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> translated href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> Game href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> blowout. href=/profile//> San-Antonio href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> significant href=/profile//> troubles href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> suspension href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Artest, href=/profile//> minor href=/profile//> injuries href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> obviously href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Spurs href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much.

Team href=/profile//> Needs:
Though href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agency href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tricky href=/profile//> business href=/profile//> Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> define href=/profile//> Kings’ href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> well: href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> swingmen href=/profile//> positions href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> power. href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Artest href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> need
1. href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> men href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> spread href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> defend href=/profile//> (both href=/profile//> personal href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> team), href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> Of href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> qualities href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> 18+feet href=/profile//> jumper href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> must.
2. href=/profile//> Back-up href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> 3-pointers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> defend href=/profile//> (especially href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> small, href=/profile//> quick href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guards) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> decently href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> ideal.
Obviously href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> fit href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> board href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> #19 href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> drafting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> project href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> expect.

GM’s href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> Strategy:
It href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> Petrie’s href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> strategy href=/profile//> is: href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> needs, href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> mix href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> both. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> Pete href=/profile//> Carril’s href=/profile//> disciple href=/profile//> Petrie href=/profile//> likes href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> versatility. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> history href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> drafting href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Corliss href=/profile//> Williamson href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Jason href=/profile//> Williams, href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Tariq href=/profile//> Abdul-Wahad href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Anthony href=/profile//> Johnson, href=/profile//> foreign href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Predrag href=/profile//> Stojakovic href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Hidayet href=/profile//> Turkoglu, href=/profile//> projects href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Gerald href=/profile//> Wallace href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Kevin href=/profile//> Martin href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> it’s href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> leans href=/profile//> towards href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> players. href=/profile//>

Personal href=/profile//> Analysis

Series href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Spurs href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> changes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> team’s href=/profile//> frontcourt href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> needed. href=/profile//> Most href=/profile//> obvious href=/profile//> choice href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> shipped href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Kenny href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> (Brad href=/profile//> Miller href=/profile//> spreads href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Abdur-Rahim href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> potency href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> presence) href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> listen href=/profile//> closely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> offers href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> men. href=/profile//> Expiring href=/profile//> contracts href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> maybe href=/profile//> Garcia href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> included href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> talks href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> Petrie href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> above:
1. href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> interested href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Hilton href=/profile//> Armstrong, href=/profile//> Alexander href=/profile//> Johnson, href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> Augustine, href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nick href=/profile//> Fazekas href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> trading href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> needed.
2. href=/profile//> Kings href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Rajon href=/profile//> Rondo, href=/profile//> Kyle href=/profile//> Lowry, href=/profile//> Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar, href=/profile//> Quincy href=/profile//> Douby href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Guillermo href=/profile//> Diaz.
 
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