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Amick: Teams expect Kings to take Jimmer with the #10 pick

Jun 23, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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More stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, who’s been on fire today:

Rival teams now expect the Kings to take Jimmer Fredette at No. 10.

Taking Fredette would have some benefits for the Kings. He would help space the floor for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, both of whom are nearly unstoppable when they operate in the paint, and would give the cash-strapped Kings an easily marketable player.

However, Fredette won’t help the Kings’ below-average defense, and drafting him probably won’t make up for the fact that the Kings just made a trade that, as Sactown Royalty’s Tom Ziller put it, made the team “older, worse, more expensive, AND downgraded their draft pick.” The Kings may not be done trading yet, so judgement should be reserved for a few more hours, but if Fredette is Sacramento’s endgame, this will not be a great draft day for the Kings franchise.

  1. luckynumberseven7 - Jun 23, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    “He would help space the floor for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, both of whom are nearly unstoppable when they operate in the paint, and would give the cash-strapped Kings an easily marketable player.”

    Didn’t they just get a guy like that in Marcus Thornton who went en route to average 20+ a game for them last season?

  2. stinkfingers - Jun 23, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Seems almost like the Kings are trying to piss off the fan base to the point that they dont fight the move to Anaheim.

  3. denverhoopdreams - Jun 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    I’m just glad the Jazz aren’t getting Jimmer, it’s funny to watch the mormons get upset over that.

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