A Royal Pain’s 2020 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Who Will The Sacramento Kings Pick?

Anthony Edwards (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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LaMelo Ball (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)
LaMelo Ball (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) /

#3. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 27. PG. Illawarra. LaMelo Ball

Speaking of needing star power, the New York Knicks moved up two spots in our simulation to the third overall slot in a much-needed stroke of luck. A year after missing out on Zion Williamson as well as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Knicks are set to play second fiddle in their own city when the latter two suit up for the cross-river Brooklyn Nets next season.

So to move up to number three before the predicted talent drop off would be huge for New York. At best, they could luck in to Edwards or Wiseman falling. At worst, they could pick up polarizing prospect LaMelo Ball.

Not only is Ball one of the most talented prospects in this draft with his stellar point guard abilities, but he comes from a well-known family, for better or for worse. He would be a potential star in New York, someone to become the face of the franchise, someone who will sell tickets.

While it is difficult to peg comparisons on young players and especially young guards, NBADraft.net compares Ball to Penny Hardaway. NBA Draft Room gives his comparison as a “taller Jason Williams” and a “Six foot seven Mike Bibby,” which makes it very easy for us Kings fans to understand.

LaMelo is widely thought to be the most talented of the Ball brothers, while Lonzo’s career is still a bit of a question mark at this point. Whether he turns out to be better than his older brother or not, the Knicks can not afford to blow this pick.