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Inside the Kings’ NBA draft war room (video)

Jul 4, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

This Grantland video is a really fascinating look inside the Kings’ NBA draft war room – including the presence of an amateur analytics team.

Among the highlights:

  • Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro was convinced the Cavs would take Jabari Parker No. 1. Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive is very high on Andrew Wiggins.
  • The crowd-sourced analytics rankings had Noah Vonleh No. 3 and Elfrid Payton ahead of Nik Stauskas due to fit with the defensively deficient Kings. Both Vonleh and Payton were on the board when Sacramento selected Stauskas at No. 8.
  • The 76ers offered No. 10 and two second rounders for No. 8. Obviously, the Kings passed, and I think that was probably wise. My guess: Philadelphia would have taken Vonleh, and the Hornets at No. 9 very well could have taken Stauskas.
  • The Kings actually did explore trading up to draft Joel Embiid.
  • There’s a surprising amount of deliberation – i.e., more than none – about Stauskas and Payton when the Kings are on the clock.
  • Ranadive leads a very awkward “Nik rocks!” cheer for Stauskas over the phone.

Here’s the first video of the series, which aired before the draft and features more details about the Kings plan to crowd-source their analytics. An interview with Kings coach Michael Malone foreshadows the eventual Stauskas selection:

  1. crownmethegoat - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    They should have done it on a real team. come on no wonder the kings are so bad

  2. money2long - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    revenge of the nerds

  3. money2long - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    after seeing this, i can’t wait to see how this pick develops.
    they’ll find out in 2 years.
    cool to see the part of them guessing who goes 1st and how they knew who’d go 7th. it was truly an obvious pick at that point the way the draft fell.

    • therealhtj - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Sacramento was the team rumored to always be on the lookout for a quality Caucasian player, dating back to when the selected Jimmer. Doubt this kid becomes half the player Vonleh does.

      • trevor123698 - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        hes going to be one of the top players in the entire class. he’ll be better than jabari when its all over with

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    This was amazing to see. But boy was that “Nik rocks” mad awkward lol! Still, this was beyond entertaining. Thanks PBT.

    • money2long - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      When the rich man tells you to jump you do it

  5. bsplaincs - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Vonleh was sitting right there and one of the main issues with the kings is power forward or lack there of. and you get a shooter……because putting up buckets was your issue last yr. 4th worst defense in the West 103.4 and you go after a shooter. oh but Vonleh does shoot 48% from deep as well……. and the video only proved that these guys do not know how to draft and will see if im eating my words in 2 yrs. You just drafter jimmer 2.0

  6. logicalcomment - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    is it just me or they didn’t have a draft board and decided minutes before the pick who to draft???

    then the owner says he wants the guy and that’s who they pick ! a yes man GM

    wow just wow

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