The seven-foot center is only 20 and didn’t really get much of a chance to play in Sacramento. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game last season. This season he only saw action in 16 games, averaging just 7.4 minutes per contest.
The agent for lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis ripped the Sacramento Kings for releasing his client without ever really giving him a chance.
The Kings on Thursday waived Papagiannis, whom they selected No. 13 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. Papagiannis was acquired by the Kings in a trade with Phoenix that brought them Bogdan Bogdanovic and Skal Labissiere for No. 8 pick Marquese Chriss.
“He never got a chance by the Kings. He had a double-double every time he played in the G-League. … There are many details that prove that he never got a real chance.
“Unfortunately, in the draft, you can’t pick a team. You are picked. Giorgos ended up in a very disorganized franchise and I think that everyone in the NBA is shocked by the decision made by the Kings. It’s one more proof that something is wrong with the Kings.”
Well, he’s not wrong. The Kings didn’t really give Papagiannis a chance. They played him 38 games over two seasons, and he averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game. He’s only 20 years old, so someone should give him a chance.