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Draft has been mostly a bust for Kings

Jimmer Fredette questions a turnover, stepping onto the floor before inbounding a ball in the second quarter on Wednesday night, February 19, 2014 in the NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Jimmer Fredette questions a turnover, stepping onto the floor before inbounding a ball in the second quarter on Wednesday night, February 19, 2014 in the NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

After Wednesday night’s trade of Nik Stauskas and Jason Thompson (plus Carl Landry) to the 76ers, the Kings have just two of their past seven first-round draft picks on their roster.

Here’s how those picks have fared (it’s too soon to assess Stauskas, who played sparingly as a rookie):

Hits

DeMarcus Cousins, 2010, No. 5, Kentucky: Of the seven picks, Cousins is by far the biggest success. Last season, he averaged 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds, played in the All-Star Game and played for the United States in the FIBA World Cup.

Tyreke Evans, 2009, No. 4, Memphis: You could argue he’s a miss since he’s no longer with the team, but he was named the Rookie of the Year and averaged 16.6 points and 6.6 assists last season for New Orleans.

Possible hit

Ben McLemore, 2013, No. 7, Kansas: Last season, his second, he started all 82 games and averaged 12.1 points in 32.6 minutes. We’d classify him as a “hit” if the Kings weren’t so interested in Wesley Matthews, who likely would start.

Hit and miss

Thompson, 2008, No. 12, Rider: He started 405 of the 541 games he played for the Kings. The team seemingly looked for a replacement every season, but J.T always wound up the starter. He averaged 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in his seven seasons.

Miss

Thomas Robinson, 2012, No. 5, Kansas: He’s the Kings’ biggest draft bust in the past seven years. He was traded during his rookie season and has averaged just 5.1 points for four teams.

Jimmer Fredette, 2011, No. 10, BYU: He was acquired by the Kings on draft day, so he’s technically not a Kings draft pick. He played 21/2 seasons for the Kings, then played for Chicago and New Orleans. He has averaged 6.1 points in 13.7 minutes.

Tom Couzens: 916-321-1097, tcouzens@sacbee.com, @tomcouzens

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