Rumblings in Sacramento could be a boost for Celtics in 2019 NBA draft

There are some problems developing in the Sacramento Kings organization, and that could be to the Celtics advantage. Boston owns either Philadelphia's or Sacramento's first-round pick, top-1 protected, and right now the Kings occupy the 11th slot in the Western Conference.


The major disagreement appears to be between the King's front office and coach Dave Joerger. Joeger has elected to go with his vets, with his younger crew not seeing significant floor time (per Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes):

Sources said the franchise is growing frustrated with how Joerger is distributing minutes and assigning roles to the team’s young prospects.

The front office views this season as a development year, sources said, but it was still confident that the team would be competitive and grow with Marvin) Bagley, promising guard De’Aaron Fox, and forwards Harry Giles and Skal Labissiere meaningful minutes.

Joerger, generally regarded as one of the best X’s and O’s coaches in the league, has favored playing veteran players over developing youth, especially in crunch time.


Bagley is the major focus here. He was the overall second pick in the 2018 NBA draft and is only averaging 22.6 minutes per game. But in that limited time, he is averaging 11.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 1.1 BPG, while hitting 51% on field goals and 39% from beyond the arc. His per-36-minutes numbers project to 18.9 points/game, 9.0 RPG and 1.8 BPG.

General Manager Danny Ainge and his Celtics are hoping for a poor record for the Kings, and thus a high-lottery pick that potentially transfers to Boston. The Kings have no season to tank since they most likely will not have their own first-round pick, but younger troops may pay dividends going forward. Stay tuned for further developments.

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