After losing Scott Perry, the Kings have added to their front office.
Brandon D. Williams, who had served as the Vice President of Basketball Administration for the 76ers and GM of Philadelphia's G-League team for the last four seasons, has been hired as an assistant GM, the team announced on Sunday.
Williams, a Davidson alum, joins Ken Catanella as assistant's to GM Vlade Divac.
The Kings have yet to fill Perry's vacated vice president of basketball operations post.
Williams has nine years of experience working in the NBA league office and spent nine seasons playing professional ball domestically and internationally, including a brief nine-game stint with the Warriors during the 1997-98 season.
Divac issued the following statement regarding the hiring of Williams:
“We are so excited that Brandon is joining our front office team. He is an experienced and talented basketball executive. His knowledge of player development and basketball operations combined with his legal skills will be a strong addition to our team.”
In Europe, Luka Doncic is a star. It appears he would like to be one in the United States as well.
Fresh off a EuroLeague championship, as well as league and Finals MVP honors, the 19-year-old Slovenian-born wing showed a different side of himself in a video made by the folks over at Bleacher Report.
In an interview with Howard Beck, Doncic made a few of his wishes known, including his want for a signature shoe, a date with Jennifer Aniston and the future purchase of...a tiger?
"I just like tigers. I said if I go to U.S., I will buy a tiger—like Mike Tyson," Doncic told Beck.
Sacramento has Doncic on a short list of prospects they are considering with the second overall selection. He has high aspirations, both on and off the court.
It’s hard not to like the confidence and moxie of this prospect. Will he be a King come Thursday evening?
Marvin Bagley III - Power Forward - Duke - Freshman
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220
Stats: 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .8 steals, .9 blocks, 39.7% 3-point
Player Comparison: Antonio McDyess, Michael Beasley
Bagley has springs in his legs. After skipping a year of high school, the Duke product dominated the ACC and projects as a double-double machine at the NBA level. He knocked down nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts and he runs the floor like a gazelle. He’s also one of the best rebounders in the draft and he loves to finish above the rim.
While he helps to end defensive possessions with rebounds, he’s a liability on this end of the floor. Whether it was effort or acumen, Duke spent much of the season playing zones to hide his deficiencies. He’ll need to add plenty of muscle to hold his position at the NBA level. He’ll also need to find new ways to stuff the stat sheet. His assist, steal and block numbers aren’t what you would expect from a player with his athleticism.
Sacramento is loaded at the four with young players Harry Giles, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein all available to play the position. Bagley has plenty of talent and might make a one or two of those players expendable. He would instantly improve the team’s rebounding woes, but there are plenty of question marks.
Chance of going No. 2:
As of now, it’s a three-man race between Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Bagley, but things change quickly around this time of year. The Kings are intrigued with the big man out of Duke. He swung by Sacramento last week for a full workout and meeting with the team and he left a very good impression.