Sacramento Kings News: NBA Draft Prospects Not Put Off By Kings' Recent Struggles

Prior to the 2012 NBA Draft, none of the consensus top five prospects drafted would give the struggling Sacramento Kings a workout, regardless of the team holding the #5 pick.

However, despite the team's rough go in 2014-15, franchise stability and George Karl's presence have top prospects singing a different tune.

“You’ve got to control what you can control. If you go into a situation looking at coaches and this, that and the third, you’re putting yourself behind the 8-ball already,” projected top-ten pick Stanley Johnson said, via the Sacramento Bee. “I’ll just go in there and control what I can control, happy they picked me and ready to work.”

Highly-touted Murray State guard Cameron Payne went even further when asked about the Kings.

“They’ve got some great history,” Payne said. “Peja Stojakovic, Doug Christie, Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, they’ve had some great players there. Now they’ve got DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay. They’ve got some great pieces, and they need one more piece, and that can get them over the hump.

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