The 2012 NBA Draft is in the books, and the Sacramento Kings have their man. Thomas Robinson joined the squad as the No. 5 overall pick, while the Kings went ahead and traded away the No. 36 pick for cash considerations.
SB Nation's Tom Ziller has sorted through all the facts, and has ultimately decided that Robinson was a great pick up for Sacramento, but giving their second-round pick away was far from being smart. Overall, he gave them a B as part of his NBA Draft grades. Here is some of his commentary:
Second-round picks don't require guaranteed contracts and don't carry cap holds. It's ridiculous for a bad, cheap team to sell the No. 36 pick when plenty of promising prospects were available. The Kings should know better, having picked up Isaiah Thomas (an All-Rookie team honoree) at No. 60 last year. For a team that needs everything to go right to compete, you can't start cutting off your own limbs for firewood.
It's hard to argue with Ziller about that, but the Kings certainly didn't see any talent worth taking, so they figured cash in hand was just as good. Hopefully they can turn that money around in a positive way for the team next season.
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