June 19, 2018, 3:43 pm
On the latest episode of the Lowe Post Podcast, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reported that Luka Doncic has not shared his medical information with the Kings. When asked by host Zach Lowe about Sacramento’s plans with the second pick, Givony had this to say:
“First of all, you have to start off with, ‘who even wants to go to
Sacramento?’ … A lot of the top guys in this draft are openly trying to avoid going there … Jaren Jackson, Mo Bamba, [Luka] Doncic, no medical.”
As the draft gets closer, reports related to the Kings and Doncic have been all across the board. Lowe posited to Givony that the media buzz has been “so loud, and so universal” that Vlade Divac does not like the idea of selecting Doncic with the second pick, and followed up with a series of questions to Givony about whether or not he believed that. “I would be surprised if they took Luka,” said Givony. “It’s not just Vlade but also his staff was very openly criticizing Luka saying he’s not athletic enough, he’s too emotional, he’s not this, he’s not that.”
Earlier today, Carmichael Dave of KHTK 1140 confirmed that he had heard similar things, though Lowe doesn’t sound like he’s reporting but rather sharing a feeling on the media sentiment:
This matches what I’ve heard too. Is it accurate? Don’t know. But that’s the near universal chatter https://t.co/WKDrr1XEba
— Carmichael Dave’s Burner Account (@CarmichaelDave) June 19, 2018
The reports that the Kings aren’t high on Doncic have been gaining steam over the past few weeks, and the thought that Doncic may not want to be in Sacramento could be a contributing factor. Marvin Bagley III, who came to Sacramento for a workout, may be showing more interest than Doncic in being the second overall pick. There’s also a chance that the team was just enamored with what they saw during the workout. Those angles are all speculation at this point.
Despite some recent reports, there is some reason to believe that the Kings may have some level of interest in Doncic. Hoop Ball’s own Aaron Bruski reported on Saturday that Divac “genuinely likes Doncic as a pick”:
After talking with various Kings sources, the one thread that I get is that Vlade genuinely likes Doncic as a pick. Still, they’re in evaluation mode.
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) June 16, 2018
These reports can be tough to reconcile. It’s also important to keep in mind that all teams factor in a few different voices in the selection process. Bruski noted in May that Brandon Williams may have more influence over the decision than most might expect for an assistant general manager. Owner Vivek Ranadive has also been very involved in decision-making in the past, so it’s possible this is a group decision of some type.
Right now (right now), the sense among folks I talk with is that Brandon Williams has a big voice in what the Kings do, maybe the biggest.
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) May 17, 2018
It seems that in this case Divac does indeed like Doncic, but other decision-makers may have their eyes set on the perceived star power of players like Bagley and Michael Porter Jr.
More reports are coming in corroborating the group decision-making process in Sacramento. Bruski reported that Divac genuinely likes Doncic as a pick, Amick is reporting that ownership is pushing for Bagley, Carmichael Dave is reporting that he’s hearing there are “multiple influential voices” and Bruski reported back in May that Brandon Williams’ profile in the front office was rising. Even if Vlade makes the call, there are certainly a lot of things going on within the walls.
Per league sources, there is legitimate indecision within the #Kings front office between Marvin Bagley III and Luca Doncic. One league source used the word “torn.” Teams I’ve spoken with are operating under the impression that #Sacramento will select Bagley at two. #NBADraft
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 20, 2018
I keep hearing whispers that there are multiple influential voices in the Kings draft room.
Personally, I believe Vlade is 100% making the call.
But if- IF it were proven otherwise, as Pedro Cerrano once said:
“That would be bad.
— Carmichael Dave’s Burner Account (@CarmichaelDave) June 20, 2018
1) Been hearing this for a while.
3) Vivek is involved, as are a lot of owners. Not an endorsement, but that’s the story there. https://t.co/TT2lMPThZQ
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) June 20, 2018
Sam Amick had some info on 1140. Said he feels Porter is no longer an option. Thinks ownership is pushing for Bagley while fans pushing for Doncic but no one has been able to get a read from Vlade. Bagley camp in the dark but feels good at 2. Doncic camp afraid ownership passes
— VCorradi (@corradiv3) June 20, 2018
USA Today’s Sam Amick since confirmed on Twitter what he said on 1140.
Sacramento: Capital city of NBA intrigue. Marvin Bagley is the CURRENT favorite at No. 2 in the draft, but there are teams in the lottery that think the Kings ultimately can't resist Luka Doncic … and they've been known to be weighing Michael Porter, too. Answers: 24 hours away
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 20, 2018
January 17, 2019, 1:54 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry dropped 41 points on nine 3-pointers in a 147-140 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Curry is having an MVP-caliber season if not for James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. He became the first player in NBA history to hit eight or more threes in three straight games. He hit seven 3-pointers in the third quarter alone. Klay Thompson put up 19 points with seven rebounds on 7-of-17 shooting.
January 17, 2019, 1:46 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams put up 23 points with six rebounds and six assists on 11-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
He was easily the best player for the Clippers in this game and has provided late-round value this season after a career year last season. He should still be owned in all formats as he provides great value in points, assists and free-throw percentage. Avery Bradley was the only other Clippers' player to have a good performance in this one as he had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
January 17, 2019, 1:35 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell contributed 11 points with seven rebounds and four defensive stats in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
He has been a pleasant surprise this season and is boasting middle-round value despite coming off the bench. He had five fouls in his 26 minutes of action and Marcin Gortat had four fouls in 15 minutes as Rudy Gobert was driving the Clippers' big men mad all night long.
January 17, 2019, 1:25 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari shot 3-of-14 from the field to go for nine points with four rebounds in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Gallinari has been an early-round value this season, so chalk this performance up as a fluke. Tobias Harris, who is right next to Gallinari as an early-round guy, also had a less than stellar performance in this one with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Both of these guys should bounce back next game and return to playing at a high level.
January 17, 2019, 1:21 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis went for 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday night but the Pelicans fell to the Warriors.
New Orleans was up by as many as 17 in the second half before Stephen Curry decided that playtime was over. AD was a bit off with an 11-of-26 mark from the field but obviously the counting stats were there. He'll remain fantasy's top player whenever he takes the floor, despite a miraculous charge from James Harden lately.
January 17, 2019, 1:18 amNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic looked like his old self in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, popping off for 29 points on 9-of-14 from the field to go with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes of action.
Mirotic probably had fantasy owners sweating after a 17-minute dud on Monday but everyone should be back on board tonight. The buy-low window is probably closed after this excellent performance so hopefully you were able to get him before this outburst. Mirotic will have a shot at early-round numbers from here on out.
January 17, 2019, 1:15 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder put up 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five threes and three defensive stats in a big win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
Crowder is going to have his ups and downs, but he is ultimately their sixth man and will need to play well for them to make it to the playoffs. He is currently outside the top-150 value right now and is merely a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
January 17, 2019, 1:15 amElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss with seven points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 3-for-10 shooting line.
Payton also missed his only free throw and committed four turnovers, but this type of multi-cat line should drive him into the top-100 by season's end. You might be able to buy low in hopes that his minutes edge up above 30 going forward but he's not too far off the mark as is.
January 17, 2019, 1:13 amJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle had issues with foul trouble on Wednesday, which limited him to 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three triples in 22 minutes.
Randle did well whenever he was on the court, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, but availability was the big issue tonight. Niko Mirotic was also excellent tonight, which likely played a part. The line itself was fine but if you were wondering about the minutes, there you go.
January 17, 2019, 1:09 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert put up a monster game on Wednesday as he had 23 points with 22 rebounds and four blocks in a 129-109 win over the Clippers.
He shot 7-of-10 form the field and went 9-of-10 from the line. The Jazz are on fire and it is due in large part to the stellar play of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Both guys are top-20 over the past two weeks and Gobert is actually top-20 for the entire season.