Sacramento Kings Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and the roster outlook of the Sacramento Kings heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 27-55 2018-19 W/L: 39-43

Finished 9th in the western conference (Missed Playoffs)

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Team Needs: SG, SF, C

Free Agents: Alec Burks, Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein, Corey Brewer, B.J. Johnson

Under Contract: Bogdan Bogdanovich, Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica, De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Yogi Ferrell, Harry Giles, Caleb Swanigan, Frank Mason

Player Option: Harrison Barnes

Pick 1: 2nd Round-40th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Ky Bowman, Jordan Bone

SG/SF: Darius Bazley, Kris Wilkes, Ignas Brazdeikis, Luguentz Dort, Miye Oni, Chuma Okeke

PF/C: Jalen Mcdaniels, Isaiah Roby, Grant Williams, Simisola Shittu, Luka Samanic

Pick 2: 2nd Round-47th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Ky Bowman, Jalen Lecque, Jordan Bone, Shamorie Ponds

SG/SF: Darius Bazley, Brian Bowen, Admiral Schofield, Jaylen Hoard

PF/C: Eric Paschall, Simisola Shittu

Pick 3: 2nd Round-60th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jaylen Hands, Kerwin Roach II, Justin Wright-Foreman

SG/SF: Cody Martin, Tyus Battle, Brian Bowen, Aubrey Dawkins

PF/C: Bennie Boatwright, Robert Franks, Dewan Hernandez, Moses Brown

The Kings enter the draft and free agency after just missing out on making the playoffs this past season, giving the team hope that their moves through trades and draft picks are paying off. The good news for the franchise is that while there has been improvement for the team to get to this position, many young pieces that the Kings have drafted are still not close to reaching their potential as players. Harrison Barnes was a solid pick up to help them possibly get to the playoffs, but he has elected to not opt-in to his player option most likely meaning that he will be on another roster when next season begins. They could also lose Kosta Koufas, Alec Burks, and Willie Cauley Stein to free agency, although outside of Cauley Stein those would not be big losses to the roster. Buddy Hield has developed into a scoring star over the last couple of seasons, and while he will no doubt he getting a big pay day once he signs a new contract, the Kings have him for one more year on a relatively cheap deal. Bogdan Bogdanovich has been productive and with Barnes expected to possibly head to another franchise, he could be one the recipients of increased playing time going forward. Marvin Bagley III came off of the bench for the majority of the season but given how well he played as a rookie there is no doubt that he should be stepping into a bigger role next season as the presumed starter at power forward or center.  De’Aaron Fox has improved dramatically in his two professional seasons leading the team to believe they have their point guard for the foreseeable future with Fox under contract for the next two seasons on his rookie deal. They have one more year to play Harry Giles and make a decision on his future with the franchise after Giles played 58 games averaging 7 points per contest. The gamble of bringing in Barnes was similar to what Toronto did with Kawhi Leonard, however the Kings were further away from competing for a title than the Raptors, and while it might not work out if Barnes heads to another team it was a good sign for their fans to see management attempt to win now. 

Sacramento has three second round picks that give them the ability to select some prospects that have a high upside but may take a season or two before they are making an impact on the NBA level. In previous drafts the Kings have elected to use a best player available mindset, and they have a history of taking players who might not be a solid as other prospects in their at the moment, however their ceiling as a professional is higher. There will be plenty of options to add depth to the roster whether they choose to go with a risk/reward type of selection or they take a player that has a chance of contributing next season. Back up point guard could be addressed through the draft with players like Jordan Bone, Ky Bowman, Jalen Lecque, Jared Harper, Tremont Waters and Jaylen Hands all projected to go in the mid to late second round if they are taken. One of our favorite prospects at the point guard position in this years draft class is Justin Wright-Foreman, and if he is available when they are on the clock with the last pick in the draft, he could be a potential steal to add some scoring to the position. Darius Bazley, Jaylen Hoard, and Brian Bowen all fit the mold of the young players with upside that the Kings favor at times, and all three could available when the Kings are deciding what to do with their three selections. Dewan Hernandez, Simisola Shittu and Moses brown can potentially play next to Marvin Bagley III if the Kings feel they will not be retaining Cauley-Stein going forward, with Shittu most likely having the highest ceiling of the three. If they want a big man that can stretch the floor Eric Paschall, Bennie Boatwright and Robert Franks are seniors who can shoot the deep ball well, something that could help De’Aaron Fox as he needs as many shooters as they can put around him. With their current roster makeup they can go many different routes in the draft but if one thing is for sure the Kings will be considering prospects who could use some grooming but have all of the physical tools necessary to play at a high level in the league. If we were drafting for the Kings we would take a small forward or a big man that can shoot the basketball with the first two selections and then with their third pick either take another wing or an athletic defensive minded big man. 

 

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