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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

Kings coach offers curious comment about Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic

Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger offered a curious quote about Luka Doncic ahead of a matchup against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Joerger’s Kings had the second pick in the draft and took Marvin Bagley III after Phoenix selected Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 pick. Doncic was picked third by Atlanta, who traded him to Dallas for Trae Young.

While complimenting Doncic, who is off to a nice start in his rookie season, Joerger seemed to take a shot at Sacramento’s front office for passing on the Slovenian.

Is Joerger saying there were some with Sacramento who thought Bagley had a higher ceiling than Doncic? It seems that way, otherwise he could have just omitted that part and said Doncic has been great for Dallas.

Bagley has missed time with a back injury and is out with a knee bruise. Though the 19-year-old big man has only come off the bench this season, his Player Efficiency Rating is the second-highest on the Kings, and he has looked good for being a youngster.

Both players are going to be good, though it seems Joerger wishes he had the Rookie of the Year leader on his roster.

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