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Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

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Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

Talk about a sweet gig.

Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco has been a consistent presence on Golden State's sideline over the last several years, over the course of which he's gotten plenty of championship experience.

Starting this summer, DeMarco will be taking that experience to the tropics. The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported Monday that DeMarcos has agreed in principle to become the head coach of the Bahamas Basketball Federations' senior men's national team.

DeMarco began with the Warriors as a video scout, and has ascended up the coaching ranks to his current position. He has previously served as an assistant coach for the Bahamas, and will now take over the reins when he doesn't have Golden State commitments.

While the Bahamas failed to qualify for the upcoming 2019 World Cup in China, there is no shortage of NBA talent originating from the islands, including Sacramento's Buddy Hield and Phoenix' DeAndre Ayton.

"There is a lot of potential for growth. It's crazy the talent they have with only 400,000 (people)," DeMarco told The Undefeated. "It's a tremendous opportunity."

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has Bahamian family ties through his father, Mychal, but neither he nor Rockets guard Eric Gordon are eligible to participate with the Bahamian national team due to their prior experience with USA Basketball. Still, the elder Thompson believes the DeMarco hire is a good one.

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"It's great for the Bahamas getting a coach with championship experience at the highest level of basketball," Thompson told The Undefeated. "He will bring a winning mentality and a great organizer."

DeMarco will be needed back in the Bay Area when the Warriors open up Chase Center at the start of next season. But until then, he can gain further coaching experience, and get a tan while he's at it.

Luka Doncic makes first Sacramento appearance after Kings passed on him

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Luka Doncic makes first Sacramento appearance after Kings passed on him

SACRAMENTO -- The top five of the 2018 NBA Draft class is turning out to be special. It will take time to figure out where they rank historically, but the early returns are stunning.

No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, rolls through Sacramento on Saturday. He’ll likely see a heavy dose of No. 2 overall pick, Marvin Bagley III.

Before that battle takes place, Sacramento will get their first live look at rookie phenom and No. 3 overall selection, Luka Doncic, Thursday evening. The sure-fire NBA Rookie of the Year has put up huge numbers for the Mavericks this season, averaging 21.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 7.5 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game.

The 20-year-old out of Slovenia has played professionally for years overseas and came into the season NBA ready. His rookie numbers are impressive, but in many regards, expected.

Sacramento’s front office liked Doncic during the draft process. In fact, Vlade Divac has known the family for years and considered him the second-best prospect in the draft.

Concerns over fit with the Kings current roster, as well as what position Doncic might play at the NBA level played a role in the Kings’ decision.  

But the single biggest deciding factor for Sacramento in the evaluation process was the talent level of Bagley. The Kings believe he has the highest ceiling in the draft class and they may still be correct.

Did the Kings make a mistake drafting Bagley over Doncic? The early results might suggest that they did, but it will take years to fully assess.

Bagley is showing signs of star power. He also plays with an incredible motor and is known for his off the court work ethic.

Sacramento loves Bagley’s long-term fit with point guard De’Aaron Fox and shooting guard Buddy Hield. They believe this group can be franchise cornerstones that will eventually lead the franchise back to the playoffs after a 12-year drought.

Injuries have cost Bagley 19 games this season, but when healthy, he’s a force. The 6-foot-11 power forward is averaging 14.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and nearly a block in 24.3 minutes per game.

In eight games since the All-Star break, the former Duke star has bumped those numbers up to 19.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in 26.9 minutes a night. He’s coming off back-to-back 20-point games, including a 28-point, 7-rebound performance against the Nets on Tuesday.

Expect a heavy dose of Bagley down the stretch for Sacramento and not because they’ve fallen out of playoff contention. The rookie has earned his minutes with his strong play and he adds a new ingredient to the Kings’ offense when he’s on the floor.

[RELATED: Divac explains why Bagley over Doncic wasn't easy]

In addition to Ayton, Bagley, and Doncic, fourth overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. put up solid numbers for Memphis before going down with an injury. No. 5 pick, Trae Young, is posting 18.5 points and 7.8 assists this season for Atlanta.

With the season almost in the books, this has already proven to be one of the strongest top end of the draft in recent history. Doncic will take home the hardware, but it’s way too early to start passing out judgment on which player will have the best NBA career out of this group.

Kings' NBA draft board, projected record possibly leaked on Twitter

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Kings' NBA draft board, projected record possibly leaked on Twitter

There's never a dull moment for the Sacramento Kings.

On Wednesday afternoon, UC Santa Barbara basketball coach Joe Pasternack tweeted a photo of one of his former players, Gabe Vincent, signing a contract with the Kings.

At initial glance, the photo looks innocent enough. But upon further review, the Kings might want to rethink allowing photo ops in their general manager’s office.

That's because the whiteboard in the background appears to reveal a couple of items that the team might not want made public.

First up, a possible draft order from the 2018 NBA Draft, listing DeAndre Ayton, followed by Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr., Mo Bamba and Miles Bridges.

It’s not the way the draft went, but it shows what the Kings might have been thinking before June 21. They apparently were very high on Porter before injury issues popped up.

Hiding in the lower right corner of Vlade Divac’s whiteboard is “29-53.” Is that a possible reference to the Kings' expected record this season?

Just in case you needed more proof that it’s Divac's office, a photoshopped picture of the former Kings center as “The Vladfather” can be found to the right of his head.

Nothing in the realm of “top secret” was revealed, but the photo instantly became meme-worthy on Twitter. There’s a good chance that someone in the Kings office is on dry-eraser duty for the next few weeks.