The Kings Passed on Luka Doncic for the Latest Duke Bust and May Never Recover From It

There’s a reason the Sacramento Kings have been a walking disaster for the past decade and a half. The franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006 or finished with a winning record.

In the 2018 NBA draft, the Kings had the second overall pick and were in a prime position to draft a franchise player. However, Sacramento did what it always does and made a gigantic mistake. The team passed on a generational player and drafted the latest Duke product, who will likely be a bust in the NBA.

The Kings drafted Marvin Bagley III over Luka Doncic

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The Kings drafted Marvin Bagley III out of Duke with the second pick in the 2018 draft, taking the lefty over Luka Doncic. Bagley III appeared in 62 games during his rookie season and averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. Meanwhile, Doncic won the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year Award by putting up 21.2 points, 7.8 boards, and 6.0 assists.

In Year 2 with the Kings, Bagley III played in only 13 games due to multiple injuries. He finished the campaign with averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game. Though they were invited to Walt Disney World for the bubble games, the Kings missed the playoffs for the 14th straight season.

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic from the Atlanta Hawks in a draft-night trade involving Trae Young. All Doncic did in his second season was average 28.8 points per game and make the 2019-20 All-NBA First Team. Kings fans had to watch Doncic turn into an MVP candidate in Year 2, while Bagley III struggled with injuries.

All signs point toward Doncic winning an MVP award one day with the Mavs. As for Bagley III, he’s entering bust status, especially after what recently happened in Houston.

Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox’s dads want the Kings to trade Bagley

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Marvin Bagley III’s father asked the Kings to trade his son via Twitter. After seeing the tweet, De’Aaron Fox’s dad went on Twitter and said Sacramento should trade the former Duke star.

The Kings are 3-3 on the young season. Bagley III is averaging 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in six games. However, he’s playing a career-low 25.0 minutes a night, and his father isn’t happy about it.

Fox, the best player on the Kings, signed a lucrative rookie-scale extension with Sacramento this past offseason worth $163 million. The point guard is putting up 21.0 points and 6.2 assists in the Kings’ first six games of the 2020-21 campaign. Sacramento has two wins against the Denver Nuggets and one versus the Phoenix Suns.

The Kings are never going to recover from passing on Luka Doncic for Marvin Bagley III. However, the optics will look even worse if Sacramento trades the former second overall pick before his rookie contract expires.

Marvin Bagley III won’t discuss his father’s tweet

During his media session with reporters on Sunday, Marvin Bagley III stressed that he wasn’t going to take any questions about his father’s tweet. The Kings continue to be a joke of a franchise, while Luka Doncic is flourishing in Dallas.

It may have been a good thing for NBA fans that Doncic ended up in Dallas and not Sacramento. After all, there is no guarantee the Kings would have developed Doncic properly. Bagley III will be under immense pressure to turn his career around with the Kings as long as Doncic continues to play at a superstar level for the Mavs.

While it’s not Marvin Bagley III’s fault the Kings drafted him instead of Luka Doncic, the Arizona native hasn’t been impressive when he’s been on the court, and that is something which he can control.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.