Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 1:12 pm  |  21 responses

Jared Sullinger, No. 5 (Mock Draft)

The balance between Fire and Ice.

by Sandy Dover / @San_Dova

The Sacramento Kings. Full of talent. From top to bottom—from Tyreke Evans to Hassan Whiteside—the Kings are full of talent, but the problem is that aside from the organization being one of the more poorly ran franchises, the Kings are in terribly rough shape.

The aforementioned Evans, one of the most talented young players in the League, seems not to be terribly able to play in such a way that the team is actually benefited; he scores a lot of points (and is exceptionally gifted doing so), but can’t seem to involve his teammates well enough to get wins. He’s the most versatile and treasured player on the team.

DeMarcus Cousins is probably the most affecting player on the Kings; problem is that he affects the team in the wrong way. He may have gotten his first coach fired and at times, seems to be a knucklehead.

Donte Greene is kind of like a mashup of Evans and Cousins, and less talented on the whole. The rest of the team is built with singular talents who have not been coached well enough to do anything worth writing exclusively about. The team’s most valuable player, Isaiah Thomas, was the last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft (having said that, he probably merited a late-first round selection in hindsight).

The team wants the most valuable players in the Draft, and those players are already selected, such as Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson—those two would be perfect fits to raise the level of play and overall professionalism of the team. Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (as talented as they are) would duplicate the players already present on the team. Who’s the next best player to meet that ‘just right’ level of talent and professionalism?

With the fifth pick of the SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Sacramento Kings select…

Jared Sulinger from Ohio State.

The Ohio State Buckeye forward would do a couple of things for Sacramento. One such thing is that he would bring a greater stability of the team’s foundation of youth, as he would be the right kind of talent to compliment Cousins in the post and also allow for new offensive possibilities, seeing that he also has three-point range (a la Kevin Love).

But he’s maybe only 6-8 (he’s listed at 6-9 and 260 pounds), Sullinger has enough bully in him to impress upon the team that they should compete harder and more consistently, as the only reason he’s being drafted this year rather than last year is because he wanted so badly to compete for a National Championship (as he passed up becoming the No. 2 or 3 pick in the 2011 Draft). Even better than that is that Sullinger has a great track record of being a great teammate and intelligent as well.

A knock on the Kings’ young players is that they are talented on the court but don’t process the game well enough to get wins. Evans is quiet and almost emotionless on the court while Cousins is the polar opposite and gaining a reputation of being rather ‘Sheed-like, which was pretty bad when Rasheed Wallace was being rather ‘Sheed-like.

Sullinger, fortunately, isn’t a malcontent or a knucklehead, and he will likely force Sacramento to upgrade the rest of the roster and trade away players who don’t serve any kind of needs within the course of the games. A frontcourt lineup of Sullinger at power forward, Evans at small forward and Cousins at center might be a winning combination/

Sullinger may be just the man to balance the scales of Fire (Cousins) and Ice (Evans)—and bring a new hope to the capital of California.

2012 SLAMonline Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Hornets Anthony Davis 16 Rockets
2 Bobcats Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 17 Mavs
3 Wizards Brad Beal 18 TWolves
4 Cavs Thomas Robinson 19 Magic
5 Kings Jared Sullinger 20 Nuggets
6 Blazers 21 Celtics
7 Warriors 22 Celtics
8 Raptors 23 Hawks
9 Pistons 24 Cavs
10 Hornets 25 Grizzlies
11 Blazers 26 Pacers
12 Bucks 27 Heat
13 Suns 28 Thunder
14 Rockets 29 Bulls
15 Sixers 30 Warriors
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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    seems very high for him, i think they might go barnes here. or if they want to gamble, go for perry jones

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    meassured better than what i thought though, 6’7 .75

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    without shoes

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Would be a good fit. I was also thinking about a Barnes sighting here…maybe even Andre Drummond. How scary would a Drummond and Cousins duo be?

  • Tony E.

    Dover does not have a freakin’ clue! Cousins is NOTHING like Rasheed Wallace. Cousins may have made some “knucklehead” mistakes as a rookie, but he made HUGE leaps in maturity in his second NBA season and is emerging as the leader of the team. Unfortunately, his bad reputation is the result of some truths mixed with baseless assumptions and fallacious reports about his character made by people who are far removed from what is really going on. Everyone in Sacramento who watches and follows the Kings on a consistent basis knows the REAL Cousins. DeMarcus has matured, is intensely dedicated to being a GREAT player, is clearly the best player on the Kings, and perhaps even the second best center in the league. Dover is right about one thing though … Cousins is fire – ON FIRE!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    before or after they were done not giving a damn about anything?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    I think they should take a risk with either Perry Jones III or Drummond.

  • theDankerNuggets

    didn’t like this pick at first but i see where your going with it and i agree. For those reasons they might also consider Barnes though; he might not have the imposing personality of Sullinger but i think he has a considerably higher upside.

  • Tony E.

    The Sacramento Kings are interested in three players – should they fall to the number 5 slot: MKG, Robinson, and Barnes. (period!) … They may also try to trade Evans to Charlotte for the #2 pick. If the only BPA left is Beal, Jones III, or Drummond … they will definitely trade down – we have no need for these three, nor do the fans want either one of these players (not that the opinions of the fans will affect GP’s decision … but I’m just sayin’). Where do you people live???

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Y’all know most places have Sullinger outside of the Lottery? Heck, even one place has him going to the Magic. Trust me, the Kings are not and should not pick this guy. He’ll turn out like Shelden Williams, roughly. The Kings are BEGGING that MKG falls to them here (so am I, since I could go watch him play) but they’ll basically pick a small forward here for sure, or Robinson if they have to. NOT SULLINGER. Sigh, the draft is already whack.

  • ctk

    i would trade the pick but if i had to use it i would go with TylerZeller …he can play center n move Cousins to the 4

  • http://about.me/SandyDover San Dova

    HOT FIYAH & MAX >> If the Kings take a risk with Perry Jones or Drummond, it might not benefit the squad, which is incredibly young already…they someone who has the right mix of talent and on-court maturity.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Co-Sign Caboose

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Draft Express has Sullinger going 6th. It’s hard for me to believe he falls out the top 10, deservedly so or not. But he rebounded in college, has great hands, and can score in isolation. It’s safe to say he’s going to be like Dejuan Blair. Sheldon Williams would be his basement.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @san dova: that can be seen in two ways though, they r young enough to take a gamble on a project like pjones or drummond. it’s not like getting someone who has “proven” himself is going to propell them into contention

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    I see there just picking who available but Sully here makes no since he’s short big ,Paul milsap/D.blair , he has a high bbIQ but will struggle with length as was evident in the NCAA tournament. You just dont pick the# 6 pick for that 15 0r 14 yeah, six hell No..

  • Bobitto

    I think he’d be a solid pick for them, but knowing them they probably won’t take him. And Evans is more of a 2 than a 3, can’t really put him in the front court.

  • Drew

    Very poorly written. Come on Slam you’re better than this.

  • ab40

    you didn’t get the memo? Sullinger measured in at 6-9 and Evans is probably out in Sacramento.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Jared Sullinger = Sean May

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