Randy Pench / Bee file, 2003

CENTER Vlade Divac and SMALL FORWARD Peja Stojakovic


Who was the best Kings draft pick?

Leading Off: For Kings, NBA draft has been a mixed bag

Published: Friday, May. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

The NBA draft has been the foundation of many dynasties – the Lakers and Celtics, for example, have often reloaded through the draft.

The Bulls and Pistons in the 1980s and the Spurs in the 1990s and 2000s also made great use of the draft.

What about the Kings?

The results here have been mixed. The Kings' top players during their Sacramento era have not come via the draft. Most arrived through trades or free agency, including Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Mike Bibby, Bobby Jackson and Doug Christie.

The Kings did well in the draft when they picked Peja Stojakovic (1996) and Jason Williams (1998), but not so great in selecting Joe Kleine (1985), Pervis Ellison (1989) and Quincy Douby (2006).

In 1990, when the team had a record four first-round picks, it chose Lionel Simmons, Travis Mays, Duane Causwell and Anthony Bonner. Of that group, only Simmons had a solid career.

Several seasons after Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins were selected in the first round, it's still too early to judge their careers.

Do Evans and Cousins remain with the team under new ownership, or will one or both be dealt for new players in the new arena?

What to watch

NBA playoffs, Indiana at Miami, 5:30 p.m., TNT: Maybe the Pacers will have Roy Hibbert in the game at the end to defend against layups.

What to do

Baseball, Colorado at Giants, 7:15 p.m., AT&T Park: Can the Giants get revenge after losing three of four at Coors Field?

Today's poll

Who was the best Kings draft pick?

• Corliss Williamson, 1995

• Peja Stojakovic, 1996

• Jason Williams, 1998

• Jason Thompson, 2008

• Tyreke Evans, 2009

• DeMarcus Cousins, 2010

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Thursday's poll results

Which bobblehead would you rather have?

• Left-handed Zito: 12%

• Right-handed Zito: 32%

• One that looks like Zito: 56%

Total votes: 82

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