rpa wrote: City of Trees wrote:
So I've had the Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN since Disney + launched. I'm today's years old when I found out that bundle gives you access to the ESPN + insider articles and mock drafts using my Hulu credentials! Lol. So I might as well share Givony's latest mock draft posted today. Wagner goes 7 to G.S.
Kings pick: Moses Moody
The Kings were said to be fans of Franz Wagner, who is off the board in this scenario, as well as Alperen Sengun, who is still available and reportedly had an outstanding workout in their building. If Sacramento isn't able to clear enough cap room to offer Richaun Holmes the money he needs to return, Sengun could be firmly in play. Moody also seems to have plenty of fans around the NBA, with his draft range appearing to start around No. 7 and likely falling no further than the Warriors' second pick at the end of the lottery. Moody is one of the youngest players in the draft, fits the long-armed, sweet-shooting "3 and D" profile every team is looking for, and is coming off a productive freshman season in the SEC. He has the size and length needed to play in the same backcourt as De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton, especially as he gets stronger. The Kings are being aggressive in trade talks and there is a chance they won't be making this pick, or their second-round pick at No. 39, as they have some contracts on their books they may look to unload in Marvin Bagley and Buddy Hield.
I said this on either the T&T or General board, but I both like Sengun and am terrified of him at the same time.
Like: players as productive as him in pro leagues at such a young age almost never bust and usually turn into highly productive players. He also could be a really good contrast with Fox in that his skillset is more built for the halfcourt game where the Kings have struggled. In essence you're hoping his ceiling is a more modern Kevin Love where he's able to rebound/pass well enough to start fast breaks, serve as a trailer on the break who can hit 3s, and help with his passing and post game in the half court.
Don't like: He doesn't appear to have the size/athleticism to be a defensive cornerstone which IMO turns his best case into what I call a "Trap Big". Trap Bigs are, as the name suggests, a trap. They put up (offensive) numbers worthy of big second contracts, but their lack of interest/help defense means their impact isn't commensurate with the contract (and the team would've been better off paying 1/3 to 1/2 that contract on a rim runner and using the remainder on wings).
As I mentioned previously in this thread, I share the love/hate on Alperen. In the draft, I think its acceptable to take swings at upside, should the Kings like Sengun, as role players are just more attainable in FA/trades. or a reasonable facsimile might be. I wont poo poo the Franz pick, as he has BBIQ, can do a number of things well on the court as well as play as a big. But, it would be hard for me personally to support Moody, for instance.
Interesting that the Kings interest can boil down to the Holmes situation, should Franz be off the board (should we listen to those reports). The Kings, per the Athletic, are trying to dump Bagley to keep Holmes. That might shut the Sengun door. Still, the Kings would have to believe even if they were offering a solid contract that Holmes wouldn't sign with, say, Dallas who will reportedly pursue