Draft Notes: Doncic, Bridges, Holiday, Diallo, Rodriguez

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac are both in Madrid, Spain, to watch Luka Doncic in the ACB Playoffs, tweets basketball journalist David Pick. Doncic, widely expected to be a top-three selection in the draft, has already secured numerous accolades, including the EuroLeague MVP, Rising Star, and Final Four MVP.

While there has been talk of Doncic going No. 1 overall to the Suns, it’s more likely he ends up with either the Kings or Hawks, who own the second and third picks, respectively. Doncic has said that it’s not certain that he will come stateside next season despite the expectation that he will be a top draftee. Just recently, a report suggested that both the Hawks and Kings may pass on Doncic and instead focus on frontcourt players.

[The Kings] have a real hole there in the frontcourt. I don’t think that they’re in love with Willie Cauley-Stein by any means. They started Zach Randolph at the four all year long,” ESPN’s Jonathan Givony said“What do they do there? Do they go with Marvin Bagley who is going to be a compelling prospect for them? 

Check out more draft news below:

  • Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is set to work out for the Knicks this Saturday, reports ESPN’s Ian Begley. The Knicks own the ninth overall pick and Bridges, along with Villanova’s Mikal Bridges have been reported as possible targets for New York.
  • UCLA’s Aaron Holiday had his second workout with the Suns on Thursday, the team announced. Five other prospects were part of the workout, with Troy Brown (Oregon), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Marcus Derrickson (Georgetown), Amine Noua (France), and Desi Rodriguez (Seton Hall) also participating.
  • Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez also worked out for the Thunder on Wednesday, tweets Adam Zagoria of SNY.
  • Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo has scheduled workouts with the Lakers and Mavericks, Sean Deveney of Sporting News tweets. Diallo will have also worked out for the Bulls, Wizards, Suns, Blazers, Kings, Nets, Knicks, and Bucks.
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6 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Doncic, Bridges, Holiday, Diallo, Rodriguez

  1. tyork21

    The Kings have Harry Giles who they are very high on but these writers don’t know what they are talking about the Kings would love Doncic .. he would play the sf for them..Giles was held out in what was a attempt to get him in the best shape possible this year due to previous injuries.. he could ha e played last year but the Kkngs redshirted him similar to what Philadelphia did with Simmons.. Kings are thinking PG. Fox.. SG Bogdanovic .. SF Doncic..PF Giles .. C Cauley Stein

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    • x%sure

      He could insist on PG or stay in Europe another year. I would not be that surprised. He’s having fun, getting what he wants, winning titles.

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  2. I personally prefer Bagley over Doncic… but having said that Sacramento’s bigger need ain’t inside, they have Skal Labissiere, WCS & Giles for next year, so is a young core, they need time, but doesn’t look too bad. If they get Bagley, then they will have to get rid of WCS. Which is not a bad idea in the sense that clearly Bagley is way way better, hence why I would pick him, regardless of Sacramento’s need, you have to pick talent over position, when you are as uncompetitive as Sacramento is.

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  3. Z-A

    If Doncic is a great LA Fitness point guard. Not an NBA point guard. His handle is as slow as mine. He’s putting bad athletes on skates and uses his off hand to push-off. Not going to work in the NBA.

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  4. Doncic is the best player in the draft by a fairly wide margin, and certainly the most flexible in terms of position. Phoenix should take Ayton, as he’s a freak of nature and is a better asset. But, sitting at #2 based on ping pong balls, the Kings would be foolish to pass on Doncic (even if there’s a 1 year delay in him getting here) for the other options.

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