Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento Kings 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings are a team that needs to change
their identity.

The Kings started the process when they traded star forward Chris Webber to
the Philadelphia 76ers for forwards Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss
Williamson. Sacramento, which fell in five games to Seattle in the first round
of the 2004-05 playoffs, still has point guard Mike Bibby, center Brad Miller
and sharp-shooting forward Peja Stojakovic, who could leave via free agency.
Shooting guard Cuttino Mobley could also leave through free agency.

Sacramento will try and keep Stojakovic, who averaged a team-best 20.1 points
per game in 66 contests this past season, while the Kings may let Mobley, who
was acquired during the campaign from Orlando for defensive specialist Doug
Christie, take his talents elsewhere.

Bibby had an excellent year, as he averaged 19.6 points and a team-best 6.8
assists. Miller, who registered 15.6 points and 9.3 boards in 56 contests,
gives the Kings a tough center who can play inside and outside.

The Kings will structure their roster around Bibby, Miller and Stojakovic.
Guard Bobby Jackson and forwards Darius Songaila, Skinner and Thomas can all
play roles that will help Sacramento remain a playoff-caliber team while it
tweaks its roster.

It will be hard for Sacramento to find an impact player with the 23rd overall
pick. The Kings have had success with foreign players, and they may go that
route with their first-round selection.

Key Player(s): Mike Bibby (Guard), Bobby Jackson (Guard), Brad Miller
(Center), Cuttino Mobley (Guard), Brian Skinner (Center/Forward), Darius
Songaila (Forward), Peja Stojakovic (Forward), Kenny Thomas (Forward).

Team Needs: A low-post scorer, inside toughness and rebounding.

Draft picks: 1st round (23rd overall).