If the responsible GM’s had just drafted the right players from the positions the franchise drafted from (all w/o purposely tanking) the ”yet here we are“ situation would look pretty damned good.
It’s never been about fielding teams to lose purposely. The KINGS — through full and honest competition— have drafted in positions throughout the past 12 years to obtain the right players needed to win. To even build a title contender. They just continuously drafted incorrectly.
The KINGS never went Hinkie mode yet still could have drafted Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Giannis, CJ McCollum, Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, Pascal Siakam, or Luka. Among many, many others.
And ended up with none of those players.
That’s why they are where they are. Period, end of story.
This notion that they need to purposely tank do accomplish anything is beyond stupid — and lazy.