KOC, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. The Kings could have trotted out a three guard lineup of Buddy Heild, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk with a defensive rim protecting center out there, and me at the 4 and probably still scored 110 per night. Malik Monk was the best shooter in this draft, by a wide margin, and he and Fox loved playing together. When he was on the board at 10, you take Monk and you take Fox and you have your back court for the next 7 to 10 years. Monk and Heild would have been able to cover Fox’s lack of being able to shoot, and Fox would have been able to cover Monk’s inability to defend.
This was reprehensible and indefensible. Giles knees could be made out of paper mache; and Jackson will be a decent role player at best. In this draft Monk could have, and arguably should have, gone much higher — picks 6 and 7 both you could be argued, as could have 8 and definitely 10, prior to this indefensible trade. You don’t trade out of the top 10 in a 10-player draft and then draft two guys who wouldn’t be able to play meaningful minutes on a playoff team. I mean if one hand is Monk and Fox and the other is Fox, Giles and Jackson, I’m taking Monk and Fox every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
No analysts approved of this draft, if not for the Bulls accepting the awful package they got for Jimmy Butler, the Kings draft would have been the worst or one of the worst drafts this year.