The Kings got their man when they selected De’Aaron Fox with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft but even if the team had the first pick, the result may have been the same. Per Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 (via Twitter), general manager Vlade Divac said that Sacramento “most likely” would have taken Fox first overall.
“It was a guy that we all loved and in some way,” he said, according to The Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin. “If we had the No. 1 pick, he would’ve been our guy. De’Aaron is our future.”
The Kentucky guard averaged 16.7 PPG and 4.6 APG in 36 collegiate contests this past season and was rumored to be taken anywhere from second overall to sixth overall. Despite working out for several teams, Fox told FOX Sports’ Aaron Torres that the vibe around the team was special and that he felt his presence could lead to bigger things.
“I know they really want a point guard, I know they need one,” Fox said. “They have the young pieces, and in a few years I do think we could be competing for championships.
Here are additional notes surrounding the Kings:
- The Kings were viewed by many as one of, if not the, biggest winners coming out of the draft. In addition to Fox, Sacramento traded its 10th pick (Zach Collins) to Portland in exchange for two picks who turned out to be Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. Also, the second round yielded Frank Mason III, giving the Kings a solid young nucleus for the 2017/18 season.
- Now that the Kings have secured the players on their radar, its time to jump start the development process, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes.
- In a separate tweet, Cunningham noted that the Kings’ rookies were treated to a private jet, which is a nice first impression for the team.