An outdated video of former Kings GM Vlade Divac has re-emerged, the place he explains why they picked Bagley over Doncic.
The Kings parted their method with their GM this August. The Sacramento Kings personal the longest ongoing streak playoff drought. It’s been 14 years since they final had been within the submit season.
Vlade Divac has stepped down as common supervisor of the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings missed the playoffs for a 14th consecutive season this yr, extending the NBA’s longest energetic playoff drought.
Their drought is the 2nd-longest all-time, behind the Clippers from 1976-91.
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All of this might have been totally different if solely the Kings had picked a special participant again within the 2018 draft. Again then, the Kings had the second decide in a loaded draft class.
The Suns took DeAndre Ayton as the primary decide. The Kings had the second decide. They picked Marvin Bagley III over Luka Doncic and Trae Younger.
“Higher Participant, Higher Match”: Vlade Divac justifies his draft choice
Based on Vlade Divac, he picked Bagley over Luka Doncic as a result of he was a greater match for the Kings roster. Divac additionally talked about that selecting Doncic might have hampered De’Aaron Fox’s progress.
“That was my choice. I nonetheless imagine Marvin has large upside. However I wanted extra time to show it. I’m positive Marvin goes to show all people fallacious.
– Vlade Divac on passing on Luka Doncic within the draft
(The Sacramento Bee)
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Everybody within the league believed that Doncic is a positive decide for the Kings. It was as a result of the GM Divac himself is a Serbian nationwide, and he knew Luka’s father Sasa.
Later there have been experiences that Divac doesn’t maintain Sasa in excessive regard, and that will have had one thing to do with the draft choice. These rumors had been discredited by Sasa.
Luka Doncic’s Dad Says ESPN Is Full Of Shit – Him And Vlade Divac Are Laughing About Their Pretend Tales
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Regardless of the case could also be, the Kings missed an opportunity to draft a sensational participant.