Sacramento Kings 2007 Draft Preview
(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings finished 33-49 during the 2006-07
regular season. They didn’t qualify for the playoffs for the first time in
Sacramento will pick No. 10 overall and needs some help in the low post The
Kings may also have to address their point guard spot, as Mike Bibby’s future
with the club is up in the air.
Bibby averaged 17.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. The Arizona product,
who was the only King to play in all 82 regular-season games this past season,
could be moved in a trade. If the Kings opt to take Ohio State’s Mike Conley,
assuming he is available, with the 10th pick, expect Bibby to be playing in a
new uniform in 2007-08.
Kevin Martin had a breakout season. The 6-7 guard led the Kings in scoring
(20.7 ppg), pulled down 4.3 boards and shot 47.3 percent from the field,
including 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. Martin was one of the few bright
spots for a very disappointing campaign.
The volatile Ron Artest ended with averages of 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and
3.4 assists in 70 outings, while center Brad Miller and forward Shareef Abdur-
Rahim had disappointing seasons.
It would not be a surprise to see the Kings shakeup their roster during the
offseason. Conley, Acie Law of Texas A&M and Joakim Noah of Florida are all
possible fits. However, Sacramento may look to move up to get the player it
wants and at the same time rid itself of a contract.
This is an uneasy time for this franchise. After such a poor campaign,
management has to be exploring the possibility of a complete make over. The
draft is a good place to start.
Key Player(s): Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Forward), Ron Artest (Forward), Mike Bibby
(Guard), Quincy Douby (Guard), Francisco Garcia (Guard), Kevin Martin
(Guard), Brad Miller (Center), John Salmons (Forward/Guard), Kenny Thomas
(Forward), Corliss Williamson (Forward).
Team Needs: Rebounding, shot blocker, size, toughness.
Draft picks: 1st round (10th overall).