Sactown Crown Report: Kings 2020 Draft Selection Player Breakdown & G-League UPDATE

By: Tom Witt – Twitter: @sactowncrown – 12/5/20

The Sacramento Kings are in what some would call a ‘re-build’. Kings fans have heard that phrase a FEW times before.

The last time the franchise made the playoffs was in 2006. That was a team comprised of a ballin’ Bonzi Wells, a young Kevin Martin, and the veteran point guard Mike Bibby.

Kings NEW general manager Monte McNair has a vision, an ivy league degree, and multiple years of experience working his way up in the Houston Rockets front office ranks.

Read ahead to learn more about the three Sacramento Kings NBA Draft selections and MORE!

In This Article

  • Kings 2020 Draft Selection Player Breakdown
  • Stockton Kings G-League Update
  • Speculation, Opinions, Stats, History, More!

2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Selections:

The Kings have signed all three of their selections from the 2020 NBA Draft – Tyrese Haliburton, Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard.

Read more about all three players below!

Guard/Wing – Tyrese Haliburton – 12th Overall (1st round) – Iowa State

Check out my FULL BREAKDOWN of Haliburton and his bright future with the Kings HERE!

With the 12th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings selected Tyrese Haliburton – 6’5″, 175 lbs, 7′ wingspan – guard from Iowa State University.

For Kings fans experiencing chronic draft day anxiety – KHTK 1140 reported Haliburton saying,

“Sacramento is the perfect spot for me… I’m ready to get to work right away.”

Tyrese Haliburton

HALIBURTON ‘SLIPS’ TO SACTOWN

The Iowa State Cyclone played two seasons in college.

During the COVID shortened 2019-20 season, the sophomore Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists and 1 steal per game. He shot 50% FG, 40% 3pt FG and 82% free throws.

I saw MANY mock drafts that had Haliburton in the top 6 selections. Link HERE

HIGH PRAISE FOR HALIBURTON

Former NBA assistant GM Bobby Marks, currently an NBA draft analyst for ESPN, was live on the ESPN NBA Draft TV coverage praising Haliburton.

Marks mentioned that Haliburton is the best pre-draft interview he has been part of during 25 years working in the NBA and at ESPN.

Live on ESPN, Marks also went on to say that he thinks he will be in the league for 15 years.

Check out my FULL BREAKDOWN of Haliburton and his bright future with the Kings HERE!

Forward/Wing – Robert Woodard – 40th overall selection (2nd rd.) – Mississippi State

Robert Woodard is a hustle and defensive machine. What Woodard currently lacks in offensive refinement – he makes up for with effort, intensity, and high IQ play.

Woodard has the ability to guard multiple positions. Measuring in at 6’7″, 235lbs, 7’1″ wingspan – Woodard has good defensive footwork, IQ, and a drive to be successful on the defensive end.

In his sophomore season at Mississippi State, Woodard averaged 11.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and just over 1 steal per game.

To be successful in the NBA, Woodard needs to work on his offensive skills and confidence. He doesn’t need to be a volume shooter, or necessarily need to create his own shot, to be successful in the NBA. Woodard will be successful working on his catch and shoot 3’s, and mid range game – while being a defensive minded, high IQ, hustle player!

Guard – Jahmi’us Ramsey – 43rd overall selection (2nd rd.) – Texas Tech

Ramsey is a confident player, who is LOOKING to score.

He can score from all three levels – at the rim, in the mid-range, and from deep. The Texas Tech product is confident, has a strong body, above average offensive footwork/moves for his age.

On the offensive end, Ramsey needs to improve his shot selection, and discipline. Gaining experience, high-quality coaching, and an opportunity to play will help Ramsey on the offensive end.

As a freshman at Texas Tech, Ramsey averaged over 15 ppg.

On the defensive end, Ramsey needs to work on his defensive technique, footwork, and effort. The tape I’ve seen shows him often biting on shot fakes, being over-aggressive, and out of the system.

As Ramsey gains more experience, and NBA level coaching, that level of tenacity and aggression on defense will serve him well!

I am not completely sure of who can be sent to the G-League, per their contract, how often, etc. BUT I could see Ramsey BALLIN’ in the 209 for the Stockton Kings.

Link to complete list of 2020 NBA Draft selections

G-League Update

What is the G-League?

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) became the NBA G League as part of a multiyear expanded partnership between the NBA and Gatorade.

The Stockton Kings are the Sacramento Kings NBA G-League affiliate team. Stockton finished the COVID shortened 2019-20 regular season as G-League Pacific Division Champs – fifth seed in the western conference.

Stockton finished the 2019-20 season at 24-19 – before the G-League season and playoffs were cancelled on March 12th.

Graduation Rate HIGH In Stockton

In regards to producing NBA players, the Stockton Kings have been one of the best G-League teams over the past few seasons.

Stockton is tied for first with Sioux Falls in the category of ‘unique player call ups’ with eight. And rank second in the league in ‘non-parent call ups’ with six.

See how the Stockton Kings rank amongst the other G-League franchises

2020-21 G-League Season On The Rocks

The prospect for a 2020-21 G-League season is not looking great.

From an article by Slam Magazine written on 10/15/20,

According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, there may not be a 2020-21 for the G League due to the Coronavirus crisis. According to industry sources, there have been discussions of various scenarios for a GLeague campaign, including not holding one at all and expanding NBA rosters instead.

There is some chatter that there may be a G-League bubble put on for a few weeks at a time. This has been rumored to keep players active, and potentially ready to be called up to the ‘big leagues’.

G-League/NBA Two Way Contracts

In 2017 each NBA team were granted two extra roster spots with the addition of G-League two-way contracts. That raised the number of NBA roster spots from 15 to 17.

From the G-League website:

  • NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.
  • Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league.
  • Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Last season the Kings ‘two way players’ were Kyle Guy and Da’Quan Jeffries. Guy is still on a two way contract this season for the Kings.

Jeffries showed his NBA ability during the ‘bubble’ and earned a three year NBA contract from the Kings in the off season!

In later articles I will dive deeper into the G-League, the rich hoops roots of the Reno Bighorns, and the bright future of the G-League and Stockton Kings.

Looking Ahead

Sacramento Kings 2020-21 Preseason

Regular Season Schedule

It will be a fun preseason for the Sacramento Kings and their rabid fanbase.

Personally, I am excited to see how the Kings ‘young core’ of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III has improved upon this off season. I am also excited to see how the new free agents and rookies will be utilized.

The Kings start their preseason action on Friday 12/11 at 7:30pm against the Portland TrailBlazers.

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Sacramento Kings WIN NBA Draft 1st Round: Select Guard Tyrese Haliburton 12th Overall

BY: TOM WITT – SACTOWN CROWN – TWITTER – @TOMTOOWITTY – 11/19/20

With the 12th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings selected Tyrese Haliburton – 6’5″, 175 lbs, 7′ wingspan – guard from Iowa State University.

For Kings fans experiencing chronic draft day anxiety – KHTK 1140 reported Haliburton saying, “Sacramento is the perfect spot for me… I’m ready to get to work right away.”

Haliburton ‘Slips’ To SacTown

The Iowa State Cyclone played two seasons in college.

During the COVID shortened 2019/20 season, the sophomore Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 1 steal per game. He shot 50% FG, 40% 3pt FG, 82% free throws.

It seemed like the first three selections in the NBA draft went ‘as planned’. Then the Chicago Bulls selected Patrick Williams, big man out of Florida State. I did not see many mock drafts with Williams going to Chicago. The Bulls selection seemed to ‘stir’ things up over the next ten or so selections.

I saw MANY mock drafts that had Haliburton in the top 6 selections. Link HERE!

A mock draft by Tankathon had him going at 4th overall!

Link to complete list of 2020 NBA Draft selections

High Praise For Haliburton

Former NBA assistant GM Bobby Marks, currently an NBA draft analyst for ESPN, was live on the ESPN NBA Draft TV coverage praising Haliburton.

Marks mentioned that Haliburton is the best pre-draft interview he has been part of during 25 years working in the NBA and at ESPN.

Live on ESPN, Marks also went on to say that he thinks he will be in the league for 15 years.

In the heat of the moment, Marks even went on to state on the air that “the Kings are winning the night so far.”

Marks compares Haliburton’s ‘FLOOR’ to Shaun Livingston.

That type of praise speaks for itself!

Marks is interviewed HERE by ‘Deuce & Mo’.

Haliburton Touted For High Basketball IQ

Iowa State men’s basketball head coach Steve Prohm is interviewed HERE by ‘Deuce & Mo’.

More than just his on court playing ability, Prohm praises a lot of the ‘intangibles’ that Haliburton brings to the Kings organization. High IQ, spirit, passion. Coach Prohm even went to describe Haliburton as a ‘rock star’.

One last comment from the Iowa State Cyclone head coach – “Sacramento is in for a treat.”

Offensive Efficiency

Haliburton shot an impressive 49% on ‘Catch and Shoot’ opportunities.

MY LATEST ARTICLE ON THE BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC TRADE HERE

My Thoughts On Haliburton

After watching some film on Tyrese a few things pop out to me:

He is a playmaker, with great vision. The new King is patient with the ball coming off of screens and when probing into the lane.

The vision and patience he displayed, and the ability to find the open player for an assist, is something that stood out while watching film.

Change of Pace

He changes speeds well, and uses that change of pace to his advantage on offense.

Although his shot may look ‘unconventional’, it looks efficient and confident. That confident release from deep will help when long, athletic NBA defenders are closing out on him after a drive and kick from De’Aaron Fox.

The 12th overall selection can also score at ‘all three levels’.

He shoots at a high percentage and with confidence from three, has a patient mid-range/floater game, and also demonstrates patience, touch and ability to finish around the basket.

As he continues to gain strength, his ability to finish in the lane will continue to improve. Which will open up more outside shooting opportunities for him. The future is BRIGHT for Haliburton.

Areas That Need Improvement

Weight/Strength

As mentioned previously, Haliburton needs to continue to gain weight and strength. One ‘knock’ scouts have on Tyrese is his ability to defend the pick and roll against bigger defenders.

His lack of size has also presented a struggle when trying to drive and finish in the lane. As well as taking the ball up the floor against a full court pressure.

I think that with time, nutrition and training – he will add the needed ‘NBA’ weight. There is NO lack of effort, that I’ve seen, when it comes to his defensive intensity – just sometimes a lack of size.

Awkward, Slow Release

His shot has been criticized to be slow at release and ‘awkward’. I personally think that with a few tweaks, over time, he will continue to hit at the high shooting percentage he displayed in his final collegiate season (50% FG, 41% 3pt FG).

Kings GM McNair Setting New Precedent In SacTown

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Kings new general manager Monte McNair is not the same old ‘KANGZ’ GM.

In an article on KHTK 1140 McNair said of the Kings draft strategy

“It was just about the best player available. It always will be,” McNair said during a media session after the draft. “We’re happy that he fits the style of play we want, but first and foremost he was the best talent available to us and we don’t pass up talent.”

That seems to be a big change from the Kings previous draft strategy … which wasn’t very clear or very … good.

Tyrese HaliBURNin’

The 6’5″, 175 lbs guard went on the Carmichael Dave show a few days after the NBA Draft and said he had gained 17lbs over quarantine. That’s 17lbs of GOOD weight, not Carmichael Dave weight.

That is very promising to hear. As a leaner player, it seems like Haliburton needs to add a little weight over the next few years. Not necessarily to get stronger, but to be better able to take the physicality of the NBA.

Looking Ahead

Training camp is slated to start December 1st. That’s … SOON!

Keep an eye out for my next article – ANALYZING Kings 2nd round selections Robert Woodard II and Jahmi’us Ramsey.

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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SACRAMENTO KINGS TRADE UPDATE: Bogdanovic To Bucks Trade SQUASHED Last Minute

BY: TOM WITT – SACTOWN CROWN – TWITTER – @TOMTOOWITTY – 11/19/20

The impending trade between the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks involving Bogdan Bogdanovic has been ‘squashed’.

The trade included sending Bogdanovic and Justin James to the Milwaukee Bucks for Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson, and Ersan Ilyasova.

The trade has apparently been put on hold and more recently fully ‘cancelled’ – and there are a few rumors that have been ‘swirling’ around as to WHY.

Bogdanovic Opts Out Of Trade – Updates Across The Nation

Sam Amick of The Athletic has been updating Kings fans on Twitter in terms of the Bogdanovic trade.

ESPN’s ‘Woj’ tweeted that Bogdanovic will enter restricted free agency on Friday.

Talkin’ Bout Rumors

Rumors I’ve been hearing on Kings radio KHTK 1140 AM mention that Bogi feels he thinks he can get more money on the restricted free agent market, compared to what he was going to get with in the trade to the Bucks.

The amount that the Bucks could offer to Bogi, because of their trade for Jrue Holiday, seemed to be the main reason this trade did not go through. By adding Holiday, the Bucks are unable to offer more money to Bogi, due to the very confusing NBA salary cap and free agency rules!

Bogdanovic Wants Control Of His Future

This seems like a move on Bogi’s part in part to gain a bit of control over his future.

There is a big difference between earning $14 and $18 million per year, over the next three years. Probably even more important than getting ‘what he is worth’, that type of ‘extra money’ per year can positively affect multiple generations of your family. That’s big time!

Bogi ultimately probably wants a little bit more control and flexibility in his final free agency destination.

Previously, Sacramento Kings ‘talking heads’ have constantly mentioned that Bogi likes living and playing in Sacramento. I can see why he would rather live in Folsom, CA during January, opposed to Milwaukee, WI.

Also, Bogdanovic has often been rumored to want to be a starter. Maybe he wants to go to a team where he is a starter? Maybe he is hungry for a championship and wants to go to a contender? Maybe he wants to get paid? Maybe he wants to stay in Sacramento? WHO KNOWS!

New GM McNair Setting A New Tone In SacTown

Regardless of the Bogdanovic trade being nixed, Sacramento’s new GM Monte McNair is already setting an early precedent that the Kings will not be a ‘stagnant’ team.

McNair has made more big moves in his first month and a half on the job than most Kings GM’s have made in their entire SacTown tenure.

Coach Walton

I like what players say about Luke Walton, usually worded in terms of “being relatable to players.”

If Walton isn’t able to progress the team this season, not necessarily win games, but make progress, I think he will be let go before season’s end.

Former NBA head coach Alvin Gentry was brought in by McNair to be the lead assistant coach. I don’t necessarily think that was to put pressure on Walton or to be his predecessor. However, I do think that he would be a good option if the Kings do move on from Walton, and don’t bring in someone from outside the franchise.

Heck, they even brought in a well loved ESPN announcer in Mark Jones! Check out my article on the topic HERE!

It seems as though McNair is making moves for long term consistency, not short term hope.

Bogdanovic Or Buddy?

Simply put, the question we thought might be FINALLY answered is back on the forefront of Kings fans minds.

Check out my article on the topic of who to start, Bogi or Buddy – HERE!

Looking Ahead!

The next few hours, days and weeks will be big in terms of the short term and long term future of the Sacramento Kings.

Will the Kings make another trade? Will they sign any free agents?

Games start in just over a MONTH! Although, there won’t be fans in the stands at The Palace That Vivek Built (Golden1 Center) – NorCal will be rockin’ and ready for more Kings basketball!

Check back for my upcoming article on Tyrese Haliburton, whom the Kings selected 12th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

It is an exciting time in SacTown!

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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My article on the topic of the original Bogi trade is linked HERE. I wanted to correct a few errors in the previous article – I often misspelled ‘Bogdanovic’. Learning moments, progress is a process.

Sacramento Kings BIG Trade: Bogdanovich Headed to Milwaukee for 3 Players

By: Tom Witt – SacTown Crown – Twitter – @tomtoowitty – 11/17/20

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN – The Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a sign and trade involving Bogdan Bogdanovich.

The sign and trade would send Bogdanovich and Justin James to Milwaukee. In return the Kings will receive Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova.

Per NBA rules – the sign and trade will not be official until Sunday 11/22. That is when the free agent moratorium is lifted.

Thoughts On The Bogdanovich Trade

The Kings needed to make this move.

The Kings got worse, in the short term. Though, better positioned for the LONG TERM.

By trading Bogi, in my opinion, maybe moves the Kings from 29-ish wins to 26-ish next season. In other words, the Kings move from 11th seed in the western conference, to the worst team in the west.

Not a bad deal for a team looking to rebuild, while looking ahead at a stacked 2021 draft class.

The Kings need to COMMIT to a rebuild. Our ‘rebuilds of the past’ have been hampered by new coaches, new GM’s, NEW OWNERS, almost moving cities, and a myriad of other tumultuous situations.

The NBA western conference is STACKED. This only solidifies the Kings need to build for the LONG TERM, not hope in the short term.

As much as Kings fans, and me, loved Bogdanovich … in all reality he probably didn’t want to be in Sacramento long term. He’s 28 years old, is an international champion, and wants to win in the NBA.

Because of Bogdanovich’s free agent status – he could have left us for nothing in the free agent market, besides a compensational draft pick.

This move by Kings new general manager Monte McNair is positive for many reasons.

The salary cap.

Setting us up for future moves.

And honestly, getting our team name out there nationally, and showing we are willing to make ‘big’ moves to change the franchise.

Kings Choose Buddy Buckets Over Bogdanovich

This trade will also relieve a lot of the … tension … and questions surrounding Buddy Hield. Hield should presumably be happier now that there won’t be the constant conversation around who should start – Buddy or Bogdanovich.

This move will also make life ‘easier’ for the Kings coaching staff. A happy Hield, seems like a more coachable Hield, just from my perspective.

That is all if the Kings decide to keep Buddy going into the start of the upcoming season – as Hield is constantly involved in trade rumors.

DiVincenzo – A Young Bogdanovich

I see many similarities between Bogdanovich and Donte DiVincenzo.

First off, they are both winners. DiVincenzo won two NCAA national championships at Villanova.

The 23 year old Divincenzo is a solid outside shooter, and improving offensive creator. He also is TOUGH and has great energy and ‘motor’. He will only continue to improve. In 66 games last season, DiVincenzo averaged per game – 23 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Most importantly though, DiVincenzo instantly becomes the Kings best on-ball and team defender.

Dante’s defense stood out last season. According to Basketball Reference, DiVincenzo ranked third in the NBA in defensive rating (101.3) and sixth in defensive box plus-minus. He also led the Bucks in steals per game (1.3).

The Red Rocket From The Pocket

The Kings fanbase will fall in love with DiVincenzo because of his energy and passion. I also think that DiVincenzo will thrive off that SacTown energy and love.

DiVincenzo will soak in that ever flowing energy that the SacTown fanbase showers upon any player who gives us a CHANCE at the playoffs.

When the fans are finally able to populate the palace that Vivek built – it will be ROCKIN’.

Capital Christian Alum D.J. Wilson Back in SacTown

D.J. Wilson went to high school in Sacramento at Capital Christian. He has not lived up to his 17th overall selection potential – but he is young, and has a lot of upside. This could be Wilsons opportunity to show what he has.

Ersan Ilyasova is a veteran power forward who could potentially fill a role with the Kings, if they decide to keep him.

Sacramento has A LOT of power forwards – Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes, Nemenja Bjelica, Jabari Parker (who just exercised his option to return to the Kings next year), Harry Giles III … did I miss anyone?

Check out more of my Kings Offseason Opinions and Predictions at the link HERE!

Kings Fans .. Prepare for the Departure of Harry Giles III

It’s as simple as that. The salary cap, the Kings log jam at power forward and the “Marvin Bagley project” all suggest that Harry Giles III won’t be back with the Kings in 2021.

I LOVE Harry Giles III and what he brought to Sacramento. HGIII brought positive energy, a reason for conversation, and big time upside to a fanbase who often doesn’t have anything to look forward to.

In my perfect scenario – Harry continuously improves, gets past his myriad of injuries, and matures into a solid NBA veteran who playoff contenders want on their team.

Picture this – the 2027/28 Kings are the four seed in the NBA west … and Harry is acquired in a midseason trade to add that last needed piece for a championship run. Who knows … a guy can dream, right?!

New GM McNair Setting New Tone

Sacramento’s new GM Monte McNair is already setting an early precedent that the Kings will not be a ‘stagnant’ team. McNair has made more big moves in his first one and a half months on the job than most Kings GM’s have made in their entire SacTown tenure.

Heck, they even brought in a well loved ESPN announcer in Mark Jones! Check out my article on the topic HERE!

It seems as though McNair is making moves for long term consistency, not short term hope.

Coach Walton

I like what players say about Luke Walton, usually worded in terms of ‘being relatable to players’. I think that McNair will continue on his same path of making moves if a need to change presents itself.

If Walton isn’t able to progress the team this season, not necessarily win games, but make progress – I think he will be let go before season’s end.

Former NBA head coach Alvin Gentry was brought in by McNair to be the lead assistant coach. I don’t necessarily think that was to put pressure on Walton or to be his predecessor. I do think that he would be a good option if we do move on from Walton and don’t bring in someone from outside of the franchise.

NBA Draft Wednesday 11/18

The NBA Draft will be held on Wednesday 11/18 on ESPN.

The Kings have been rumored and linked to multiple players, by multiple sources. Most of those players have been considered as ‘3 and D Wings’. Players who can shoot the ball from deep, and also play defense. Common traits that winning NBA teams look for in players, but somehow have escaped the Sacramento Kings.

Some names I’ve talked about in previous articles are –

Saddiq Bey – SacTown Crown article
Aaron Nesmith
Devin Vassell
Patrick Williams

Thanks Bogi!

Personally, Bogdan Boganovich was one of my favorite players on the Kings. The sharp shooter from Serbia was a great fit for the diverse population in the Sacramento area (check out this article on the OLDEST Serbian Orthodox Church in North America just outside of Sacramento in Jackson, CA).

I hope that Bogdanovich gets his chance to shine. With this move to Milwaukee Bogi has some star players around him, playoff opportunities and a shot at winning an NBA championship!

WHO KNOWS … maybe Bogdanovich will come back to SacTown later in his career and help us with a playoff push of our own!

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Preview … Preview!

The Kings Have Four Selections In 2020 NBA Draft … Still On The Hunt For A New General Manager

BY: TOM WITT – @TOMTOOWITTY – SACTOWN CROWN – August 19, 2020

2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Preview … Preview!

The Sacramento Kings finished the 2019-20 season 31-41, 12th overall in the NBA Western Conference.

NBA Draft Lottery 8/20

The Kings currently hold four selections in the 2020 draft. One in the first round and three in the second round.

The NBA draft lottery, which takes place on 8/20, will determine the Kings first round selection. Their second round picks include the 35th, 42nd, and 52nd selection.

According to Tankathon NBA Draft Lottery Board the Kings are most likely going to have the 12th selection in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Sacramento has a 1.3% chance of landing the number one pick, and a 6.3% chance of a top four selection.

Sacramento will most likely be selecting 10th -14th in the draft – barring a trade, or unlikely lottery fortune.

Below is a draft board by Sam Vecenie of ‘The Athletic’

Kings Draft Needs

I think the Kings need to draft a ‘3 and D wing’ player.

The 2020 draft is not ‘stacked’ with ‘superstar’ talent. Although, there do seem to be a slew of players which some NBA scouts deem as future NBA starters and playoff team role players.

That might bode well for the Kings. Sacramento will most likely select in early teens. Which will potentially allow them to not have to ‘overpay’ for an early pick who isn’t a ‘superstar’. While also getting a solid, more ‘NBA’ ready player with their selection.

This is all speculation of course.

In my opinion, the Kings need a player who can play some sort of role relatively quickly. Whether that is hitting three point shots, being a solid defender, grabbing rebounds. In other words, essentially being a solid NBA player while the starters are resting.

At the moment, the Kings don’t really have the team structure to ‘develop’ a raw rookie with huge upside and large potential to be a ‘bust’.

Offseason Movin’ and Groovin’ (Maybe Even Some Boogie-ing?)

One of the things that I love about the NBA offseason and draft is the excitement around potential trades. Trades involving draft selections, as well as already established NBA players.

A ‘knock’ on Sacramento is that it is not a free agent destination.

If the Kings organization are unable to sign big name free agents, they need to acquire players through the draft and through trades.

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Trading an asset or two may prove fruitful for the Kings!

For example, trading their 2020 draft selection, one or more of our current players, a potential future draft selection – or a combo of the three.

The Kings need to kind of get ‘lucky’ in terms of timing when it comes to landing a ‘franchise’ changing player via a trade.

They need to find a team that is looking to deal a star player at a ‘logged jam’ position.

Another possibility is finding a trade with a team that is rebuilding or has an unhappy superstar – and get a ‘good deal’ for them.

Three team trades are always fun too!

‘Front Office Shuffle’ Official Dance Of SacTown

Kings general manager Vlade Divac resigned from his role just a few days after the Kings were eliminated from playoff contention.

Sacramento announced that NBA hall of famer and former NBA Executive of the Year award winner Joe Dumars will fill in as interim general manager.

Dumars is ‘leading the search’ for the next GM, though some speculate that he may be the next Kings GM.

READ MY ARTICLE ON THE TOPIC HERE!

One of the biggest keys to this off season, and what the Kings choose to do with their draft picks, relies heavily upon who is hired as GM.

Most talks around the Kings circles claim that head coach Luke Walton is ‘safe’ no matter who the new GM is. Historically, most new GM’s like to install their own ‘team’ of trusted accomplices.

In my opinion, Joe Dumars seems like one of the best candidates to be the long term Kings GM.

The Kings are a young team, with a young coach and a new owner. They need a veteran in there SOMEWHERE.

Dumars won championships with teams he built around DEFENSE in Detroit. He traded Grant Hill and others for Ben Wallace and others. Dumars acquired Rip Hamilton, and helped to revitalize Rasheed Wallace’s career and legacy.

There weren’t any ‘superstars’ on those Detroit teams. That is the mold the Kings need to follow if they want to be successful in Sacramento, which is a not a ‘free agent destination’ city.

One negative in Dumars career is when he drafted Darko Milicic second overall in the 2003 draft, who is seen as a major ‘bust’.

I think that Dumars makes sense for the Sacramento Kings.

Other Names Mentioned In GM Search

One name mentioned is former member of the Kings front office and current New York Knicks GM Scott Perry. Perry played a role in drafting De’Aaron Fox.

Jerry West and a handful of others have been mentioned in EARLY talks, but nothing is anywhere near serious at this time.

Kings Draft Prospects I Will Profile

Barring a trade, or draft lottery fortune, the Kings will most likely be selecting in the early to mid teens in the 2020 draft.

Some of the potential players I will be outlining in the upcoming days and weeks are listed below.

GO KINGS!

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Happy Wednesday Subscribers!

Hello wonderful subscribers!

I wanted to share an article I wrote a few months ago – the first in a series of interview articles with different folks around the Spikeball/roundnet community!

The first interview in the series is with 2019 Spikeball Roundnet College National Champion, recent Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate and great dude Jacob Payer!

ARTICLE LINKED HERE

Have a great Wednesday and look for some cool new stuff coming SOON! Muahaha!

Much Love!

– Tom

Vlade Divac Resigns As Sacramento Kings General Manager

Happy Saturday Subscribers!

This article includes my thoughts on the Kings latest moves, Vlade Divac, and some history on the Kings new GM and NBA hall of famer – Joe Dumars!

LINK TO MY FULL ARTICLE

A few screenshots from the article are below!

LINK TO MY FULL ARTICLE

Go Kings!

-Tom

NEW ARTICLE! – ‘Sacramento Kings Build Upon ‘Rally The Vote’ Coalition’

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Happy Friday Subscribers!

Below is an excerpt from a new article I published on Friday 8/14 titled, ‘Sacramento Kings Build Upon ‘Rally The Vote’ Coalition

Click the LINK at the top or bottom of this page to read the full article!

Thank you SO much for your support! As always, I welcome and encourage and feedback!

Go Kings!

-Tom

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OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE ‘RALLY THE VOTE’ COALITION INCREASED FROM 9 PRO TEAMS TO 20!

BY: TOM WITT – @TOMTOOWITTY – SACTOWN CROWN – AUGUST 13TH, 2020

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The Sacramento Kings started the ‘Rally The Vote’ campaign in 2018 to encourage fans to vote.

The coalition started off with nine professional sports franchises involved. It has since grown to twenty professional sports franchises!

KINGS OWNER VIVEK RANADIVE SAYS VOTING SHOULD ‘BE AS EASY AS GETTING AN UBER’

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive often uses his platform to create positive action.

For example, Randive has been outspoken and taken action on many social causes he believes in.

“”Let’s make voting as easy as ordering an Uber,” Ranadive told ESPN in a phone interview this week. “And now we’ve fully entered the digital era, where the world’s largest book seller has no bookstores and the world’s largest taxi company has no cars, and so on. But we’re still in the agricultural era in terms of how we vote. So it’s time to bring it up to speed.”

ESPN – Dave McMenamin

Article Continued Below …..

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Application To Chris Brickley – NBA Off Season Training Internship

8/9/2020

To Chris Brickley,

Hello, my name is Thomas (Tom) Witt and I am very interested in applying and interviewing to become your intern!

The link to my resume on Google Drive is right below:
Tom Witt Resume

Contact Information – Tom Witt – 31 Years Old – MA Degree Kinesiology – thomas.witt89@gmail.com – (209)419-2445 – Instagram: @tomtoowitty

I have a passion for sports, coaching, research, writing, progress and people.

From 2012-2016 I worked with the Chico State Mens Basketball program as team manager and then strength and conditioning coach, while pursuing my bachelors and masters degree in kinesiology.

I earned my masters degree in kinesiology and am currently a part time lecturer in the kinesiology program at Chico State University in Chico, CA.

I am pursuing, applying for and was interviewing for positions in university athletics departments, usually in the Sports Information Department – to reach the goal I set of working in athletics – whether that is professional or collegiate.

I have had a love and passion for basketball, and sports, since before I can remember. My grandfather Ernie helped to instill this love of basketball. When I was growing up, he took me to many courts around the ‘East Bay’ just outside of Berkeley, CA – teaching me that it’s ‘all in the wrist’ and that ‘ you can learn more from a win than you can from a loss’. Grandpa Ernie was a former college hooper at San Francisco City College in 1935 – Conference Champions!

I played youth basketball but moved on to other sports – cross country and track – which I competed in during high school through junior college – earning multiple team and individual conference and NorCal championships, and MOST importantly lifelong lessons, memories and friendships. 

When I transferred to Chico State University in northern California I was looking for an identity, and group to join. I was looking for a passion to ignite, a goal to pursue with a group of hungry and passionate people

I first started coaching youth basketball locally in Chico, CA during college – a few junior high and elementary school recreation league teams.

Chico State Mens Basketball

In 2012 I saw a flyer on the wall of the college building I was walking out of after class – Chico State Mens Basketball Seeks Volunteer Team Manager – I immediately copied down the phone number, gathered my thoughts on my walk home and called head coach Greg Clink. I left a voicemail, they called me right back – I went back into the office for an interview and was learning how to set up for practice that afternoon! 

Applying for that internship was the BEST decision I had ever made in my life up to that point, without knowing it at the time.

From 2012-2014/15 I was team manager. I performed an array of duties including but not limited to – preparing the gym for practice, working out with players passing them the ball, using the pad with big men and putting players through drills, filming practices and games, working the shot clock and score board during practice, setting up and taking down film, working with players after practice, rebounding, etc. – anything and everything else that Coach Clink asked.

Starting in 2013, while pursuing my masters of kinesiology degree, I was hired as the Chico State Mens Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach, on an internship/volunteer basis.

While working as head strength and conditioning coach – I assessed all athletes, using FMS protocols, and various other movement screening tools, pre-season, throughout the season and after the season – focusing on basketball specific movements, individualized coaching and cues, and focus on staying injury free and long term progress over short term gain.

I created individualized strength and conditioning, flexibility, recovery training plans specific to the sport of basketball, specific position and to each individual athlete’s needs.

This was all while continuously getting to know each and every one of the people on the team – from players, to coaches, to trainers – to help us grow as a team, myself as a coach and an individual. I also helped to recruit players, as well as advanced to being trusted by Coach Clink to run my own ball handling drills at practice.

As a team, we advanced to multiple NCAA Division II Elite 8’s, won multiple regional and conference champions, and had multiple future basketball professionals – league champions and MVP’s across the world. This was while also making some of my lifelong, best friends.

Throughout my time with Chico State Basketball I learned a lot from head coach Greg Clink, things that I use in my life daily. I have learned so much from being around Coach Clink in terms of hard work, sacrifice, dedication, consistency, patience, compassion – along with SO much more. 

I also learned it takes being both unselfish and selfish to dedicate yourself to a goal and to a team. 

Being unselfish in terms of putting the needs of yourself behind the needs of the team, most of the time.

Conversely, at times being ‘selfish’ and having to say ‘no’ to plans, late nights, spending the extra time and effort to care for your body, taking the time to eat and hydrate well, prioritize sleep and recovery for yourself and the team – sometimes at the expense of missing a party, game, college ‘experience’, etc. 

What I Am Doing Currently

I am now a lecturer in the kinesiology department part time at Chico State.

I have a passion for sports journalism as well. So, just over a year ago I started my own sports blog – TomTooWitty Sports Blog. I was able to be ‘hired’ on as the Sacramento Kings writer for OvertimeHeroics.net. I am also the Spikeball (roundnet) editor for RoundnetWorld.com Blogs!

I have a passion for sports, coaching, research, writing. I am pursuing, applying for and was interviewing for positions in university athletics departments, usually in the Sports Information Department – to reach the goal I set of working in athletics – whether that is professional or collegiate.

Since 2011 I have traveled to 25 states competing in Spikeball tournaments and teaching Spikeball to teachers, students, athletes and more! To complete my masters degree thesis project I published the first ever peer-reviewed study on the sport of Spikeball!! Over 100 pages!

I even hosted a Spikeball play day for a professional basketball team from Venezuela, when they were visiting us in Chico, CA. We didn’t speak the same language AT ALL, but through the beauty of sport – the tournament was a HIT! 

I would love to discuss more about interviewing for your internship position, Coach Brickley. 

Thank You,

Tom Witt

thomas.witt89@gmail.com

(209)419-2445
Instagram: @tomtoowitty

References:
Greg Clink – Chico State Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Gclink@csuchico.edu – (530) 898-5160

Skyler Boles – Spikeball Inc. – Community Development Manager and Director of Play
skyler@spikeball.com -(530) 519-3965

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