At this point, it seems likely Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo and Alex Len will be off the board when the Pistons pick at No. 8 in Thursday’s draft. But for Trey Burke to fall to the Pistons, another player must also go before their pick.
How about Shabazz Muhammad to the Kings at No. 7?
Muhammad worked out for the Kings on June 10, before they hired their new general manager. Apparently, whatever Muhammad did in that workout earned him a second trip to Sacramento. This time, he met with general manager Pete D’Alessandro but didn’t work out, according to James Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
That sounds great to me. If Muhammad had a good workout before with the Kings, just leave that taste in their mouth. No need to follow it with what might be a lesser performance.
The Kings will be key in whether Burke falls. At No. 7, there’s a decent chance every member of the consensus top six will be gone. So, the Kings could be picking from the same tier as the Pistons – at least as far as how tiers are commonly viewed.
Another player in that perceived tier I hoped the Kings would consider is Michael Carter-Williams, but according to a pretty reliable source, his workout in Sacramento went poorly.
Muhammad – or maybe even somehow Tony Snell – going to the Kings is definitely becoming a realistic chance for that elusive seventh player to jump over the Pistons and Burke, dropping the Michigan point guard to Detroit.