An exciting night for Sacramento, the thrill of the NBA Draft Lottery’s results were short-lived, as the Kings front office staff immediately turned its attention towards June’s NBA Draft.
Amassing a wealth of experience within the Association, Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations Scott Perry will be an influential part of the team’s Draft night decisions.
Following the Draft Lottery, Perry spoke with ABC10 to discuss his thoughts on Sacramento’s draft positions, the offseason and what drew him to Sactown.
“I saw it as a great opportunity. I liked the direction that Vlade and ownership wanted to move this organization [in.] Very much team-first oriented,” said Perry. “What I’m learning quickly about the Sacramento area is that the fans are terrific and they’re very passionate about the Kings.”
With the Kings in brand new territory – holding two top 10 picks for the first time in franchise history, there is excitement from Perry and the front office about the potential progress that could ensue in this scenario.
“[Having the fifth and tenth picks] opens up a lot of opportunity for us to improve this team and organization not only in the short term, but the long term as well.”
Perry also noted the approach he and Sacramento’s staff plan to take as the Draft rapidly approaches.
“There’s a lot to work to be done. It’s a 24/7 undertaking for the next 6 weeks. You just continue to learn more about these [prospects] and come up with the best decision that we feel is going to help move this team forward,” Perry said.
“You learn a lot about not only talent, but I think the more that you can learn about them personally during this stretch, the clearer it may make some things for you.”
Enduring a long stretch of minimal luck in the Lottery, this time around, Sacramento moved above their anticipated draft position for the first time since 1989.
Perry believes the Draft Lottery jump will help improve the morale of fans and others, too.
“[It’s] even more important for the fans that they see some good fortune like tonight and I think it provides some inspiration for the future for the team,” said Perry. “It’s going to be a big motivating factor for us to go out and do the very best job that we can.”