The latest of which is Skal Labissiere, who suffered a sharp fall in last night's NBA Draft. Projected as a lottery pick by most mock drafts, Labissiere continued to fall until the Phoenix Suns (who traded their draft rights for Skal) picked him with the #28 pick.
Labissere now heads to Sacramento to join forces with former Kentucky Wildcats Demarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein. Former Wildcat Rajon Rondo played in Sacramento last year, but is a free agent this year, and there is uncertainty on if he will re-sign or look elsewhere.
Vlade Divac, former Los Angeles Laker and Sacramento King, is the General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Sacramento Kings. Divac said he believes the Kings got the "steal of the draft" in Labissiere.
Vlade Divac considers Skal Labissiere to be the steal of the draft to fall to Kings at 28th.— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) June 24, 2016
Divac could be right. In terms of pre-draft value, Skal is already one of the biggest steals of this draft. DraftExpress had him ranked as their 10th-best prospect, and going 18 sports after that made Skal the second-biggest steal in terms of predraft ranking there. Only Michigan State's Deyonta Davis (ranked 11th, drafted 31st) endured a bigger draft day slide.
Labissiere has the tools to be a really good NBA player. Few big men have his shooting touch and shot-blocking skills. If he can develop his toughness, rebounding, and foul issues, the Kings will have stolen a high-level talent late in the first round.
The Kings will hope that practicing against the likes of Cousins and Cauley-Stein will jump-start Labissiere's development.