Less than 40 games over the course of an NBA career that lasted less than four seasons is the exact opposite of what you want from a player selected among the NBA Draft lottery. But despite the fact that most teams saw Georgios Papagiannis as a mid-to-late 2nd round developmental prospect, the Sacramento Kings acquired the rights to Papagiannis the night of the 2016 NBA Draft, after he was selected by the Phoenix Suns.
But after three seasons in Sacramento, which included several assignments with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, Sacramento waived him. By the summer of 2018, Papagiannis inked a deal to go back to Greece to resume his basketball career. If the Kings really wanted to reach on a prospect, why didn’t they swing on guys like Malcolm Brodgon or Caris LeVert, or even Pascal Siakam (all of whom were taken later in the 2016 NBA Draft) if they really wanted a big man?