Rubio's impeccable passing skills evoke visions of "Pistol" Pete Maravich and his charismatic smile makes him an instant fan favorite. A professional player since his early teens, he has the potential to become a once-in-a-lifetime kind of superstar once he gets accustomed to the NBA. Not to mention, those slick passes could've come in handy on team that ranked 27th in assists per game last season. Evans may be a quick fix, but let's face it — the Kings weren't going to make the playoffs any time soon, and passed on the opportunity to not only add some much-needed excitement, but a chance to regain both the national and global spotlight. Kings fans will forever wonder about what could've been.
Sacramento also picked up Sergio Rodriguez in a minor draft day trade with the Trail Blazers, who despite his poor shooting (sub-40% for his career) has demonstrated good court vision in limited minutes and can be no worse than the incumbent Beno Udrih. The Kings later selected Israeli forward Omri Casspi 23rd overall, adding a fiery competitor whose defensive intensity drew comparisons to Andres Nocioni, and underrated rebounding specialist Jon Brockman in the second round, capping off an eventful draft night that if nothing else, brings some promise for the upcoming season.
It's just too bad they opted for the wrong Spanish point guard.