Sacramento Kings

Kings fans are freaking out over the draft. Why No. 2 pick is a ‘blessing’ and a ‘curse’

Michael Porter Jr., left, Marvin Bagley III, center, and Luka Doncic are all expected to be high picks in the NBA draft June 21.
Michael Porter Jr., left, Marvin Bagley III, center, and Luka Doncic are all expected to be high picks in the NBA draft June 21. AP

The thoughts of most Kings fans can be summed up in a few tweets.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Really nervous what the <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> are going to do <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SacramentoProud?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SacramentoProud</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBADraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBADraft</a></p>&mdash; Slickvic (@Vic14530) <a href="https://twitter.com/Vic14530/status/1009582512220205057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">stressing over this Kings draft pick... i literally have no idea who they should even pick <br><br>Luka, Bagley &amp; especially Porter are all asterisks &amp; there really isn’t a sure thing here ahhhhhhhhhh</p>&mdash; dilpreet (@DillyThatKid) <a href="https://twitter.com/DillyThatKid/status/1009545329551790081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The amount of time I’ve spent pondering the Kings draft pick is not healthy</p>&mdash; Andy (@NitschkeAndy) <a href="https://twitter.com/NitschkeAndy/status/1009116805053337600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

It's still anyone's guess as to whom the Kings will take when the NBA draft tips off at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Sacramento has the No. 2 pick. Unless the team trades it, most NBA analysts feel the choice is Duke forward Marvin Bagley III. Slovenian swingman Luka Doncic and Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. are also options because the Phoenix Suns are widely expected to take Arizona center Deandre Ayton at No. 1.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If Ayton is gone, what do you do? <a href="https://t.co/HoBihxWSRC">pic.twitter.com/HoBihxWSRC</a></p>&mdash; Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCSKings/status/1009493041973870592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

It seems a ton of fans are fully backing Doncic:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">All the signs are pointing towards Bagley. Until that happens I&#39;ll keep hope the <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> make the right call in Luka Doncic. He absolutely has to be the pick. Do the right thing <a href="https://twitter.com/bgoodvlade?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bgoodvlade</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Vivek?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vivek</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrustTheProphecy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TrustTheProphecy</a></p>&mdash; Justin Mills (@Justinmills20) <a href="https://twitter.com/Justinmills20/status/1009522414940708864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Luka Doncic plays Fortnite. He&#39;d get along with <a href="https://twitter.com/swipathefox?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@swipathefox</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SacramentoProud?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SacramentoProud</a></p>&mdash; Daley~ (@HashtagDALEY) <a href="https://twitter.com/HashtagDALEY/status/1009531364843008000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dear <a href="https://twitter.com/bgoodvlade?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bgoodvlade</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Vivek?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vivek</a>,<br><br>Don’t get cute. Please don’t let the narrative that we are the laughing stock of the NBA continue. Just take the best player available at #2.<br><br>Luka. Dončić.<br><br>Sincerely,<br>Sacramento Kings Fans across the globe<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBADraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBADraft</a></p>&mdash; Tim Garrison (@tgarrison) <a href="https://twitter.com/tgarrison/status/1009527263342104576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If the <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> do not take Luka Doncic at #2 tomorrow, I may have to reconsider my fandom.<br><br>(Not really, but please take this threat seriously.) <a href="https://t.co/ruisfacLdS">https://t.co/ruisfacLdS</a></p>&mdash; Jacob Allen (@NotTheFakeJA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NotTheFakeJA/status/1009501602053439488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Others agree with the analysts:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If the <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> draft Marvin Bagley, that&#39;ll be 3 #1 recruits in a row, Labissiere and Giles being the other 2.</p>&mdash; Michael Marlar (@marlarmike) <a href="https://twitter.com/marlarmike/status/1009541180986519553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Im popping Champagne when we draft BAGLEY so yee <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MONEYBAGBAGLEY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MONEYBAGBAGLEY</a> </p>&mdash; starboy (@JuiceBellamy) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuiceBellamy/status/1009511481560317952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">if y’all think luka is better then bagley y’all must be on some serious drugs. I’ll remember both y’all twitter names and I’ll be sure to @ y’all once Bagley wins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ROY?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ROY</a> and Luka turns out to be a bust for Memphis or he’ll fall out of the top 10.</p>&mdash; RicōJR (@ocirtterrag) <a href="https://twitter.com/ocirtterrag/status/1009498702979821568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Some say swing for the fences and take Porter:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">We need MPJ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SacramentoKings?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SacramentoKings</a></p>&mdash; Joseph Tiner (@Tiner183) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tiner183/status/1009528108427300864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kings need a SF more than anything! Please Take Michael Porter Jr. Please!!!!!!!</p>&mdash; Lydia Pawlak (@PIANOLYDIA1) <a href="https://twitter.com/PIANOLYDIA1/status/1009488532631519232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

And then, there are the negative ones:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Draft2018?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Draft2018</a> <br>Look for the Sacramento kings to continue to make draft day picks. If they pick anyone other than Marvin Bagley it will be reaching. The Kings are almost destined to screw up again(Thomas Robinson, Jimmer Fredette)</p>&mdash; Michael (@mcrutchfield28) <a href="https://twitter.com/mcrutchfield28/status/1009586665348726784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> are gonna go full <a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> aren&#39;t they?</p>&mdash; Johnny Orchard (@JohnnyOrchard11) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnnyOrchard11/status/1009584689324142593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Finally, there are the supportive fans:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SacramentoKings</a> Vlade, pick whoever you think will be best. Don’t worry about fans or pundits. Thank you</p>&mdash; Gaucho (@damocles99) <a href="https://twitter.com/damocles99/status/1009585721928060928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have a feeling the kings are going to have a surprise for us Kings fans</p>&mdash; Anthony Diaz (@Dadadiaz916) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dadadiaz916/status/1009552123917287424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Sacramento kings will be the best team in the nba in like 5 years</p>&mdash; Noah (@noahwalker21) <a href="https://twitter.com/noahwalker21/status/1009443346807447552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

James Ham, Kings insider for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, said it best on Twitter this week: "Is this the most stressful NBA draft season Sacramento Kings fans have endured? No. 2 is a blessing ... and a curse?"

It'll likely take a few years to decide if Thursday's pick is a blessing or curse to Kings fans.

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