We have drafted our 8-man teams over 8 rounds and 4 days and now it's time to vote on a winner which will be up to you. You will only be able to judge a team by their tenure in Sacramento, but aside from that any judgement is up to you.
We've included statistical breakdowns of each team as well as some final thoughts from each of our GMs to aid you in your vote. I just want to thank you guys and my fellow GMs for making this exercise so fun. The feedback from you guys was awesome and I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did.
Team Blake aka "The Webb of Talent"
I wanted to make sure everyone in my starting five had a clear position and I think I accomplished that, aside from Eddie Johnson who can slide to the three. But Eddie is also a good rebounder, which is helpful. I also like the size of my starting five: Kenny Smith (6'3''), Eddie Johnson (6'7''), Rudy Gay (6'8''), Chris Webber (6'10'') and Samuel Dalembert (6'11''). Having a big back court will be an advantage against teams like Kevin's (Spud Webb) and Greg's (Isaiah Thomas - yep, I said it!).
One problem with my team will be three-point shooting. While Eddie Johnson is a good scorer, he shot 20% and 31% from three in his two season in Sacramento. Kenny Smith wasn't all that much better and Rudy went 31% from three last season. Rory Sparrow shot 39% in his one season with the Kings, so he will have to bring it off the bench.
Overall though, I think I have a talented team that will mesh well and can let Webber be the focal point of the offense with quality options around him in Smith, Gay and Johnson. Dalembert is key as the goalie under the basket and my bench guys Billy Owens and Michael Smith will be serviceable. I think we can score with anyone, but teams that are bruisers may cause us trouble - yes, Brad's team. But that doesn't mean we are going to lose to them, just that we will get roughed up a little. After a few snarls from Webber, we will take Brad's team down. I also like that I was able to get players from pretty much every era of Kings basketball.
In the end, I really just want to see all of these teams computer simulated and see what happens.
Team Greg aka "Please Don't Boo My Team"
If I had it to do all over again, I would have taken Rudy Gay instead of Isaiah Thomas. I was torn between the two, and decided to go with a point guard. Gay would have given me a lot more flexibility throughout the remainder of the draft. I like the team I ended up with, but that mistake haunted me.
Overall, I like my team, and I think it would play well as a unit. I can go big with a lineup of JT, Thorpe, Patterson, Richmond, Abdul-Rauf, or I can go smaller with JT, Thorpe, Richmond and Marciulonis on the wings, and Isaiah. Richmond obviously is the star of my team, but isn't the only one capable of carrying the load. I've got reliable inside scoring from Thorpe, fake hustle from JT, and guys who can stretch the floor and open up my offense. If I roll out Thorpe, Patterson, Marciulonis, Richmond, and Isaiah, the defense can't possibly pack the paint, allowing Isaiah or Richmond to carve up my opponents.
I'm not going to tell you I ended up with the best team, but I do think I ended up with a roster than would play well together.
Overall impressions: Akis has a strong draft. Had he been higher in the draft order I think he would have destroyed us. Brad is a madman who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Other than that, I learned that the Kings have spent many years with rosters full of underwhelming players.