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

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Maccabi Tel Aviv. #4. player. Pick Analysis. SF. Deni Avdija. 86. Scouting Report

Unless they have a good plan for obtaining a starting small forward in free agency, the Timberwolves would be wise to take a wing here. They dealt away both Andrew Wiggins and Robert Covington at the trade deadline, who took up most of the minutes at the 3 spot throughout the first half of the season. While Jarrett Culver has played 30 percent of his minutes at small forward, he is currently listed as a shooting guard.

Aside from Omari Spellman (who has only played in the G-League for Minnesota) and Kelan Martin (who is on a two-way contract), the Timberwolves are without a small forward on the roster. While this won’t exactly be a wing-loaded draft, there are some viable options especially near the top of the lottery.

One good fit might be Deni Advijia. The 19-year-old prospect from Israel might be the best small forward in the class, and would certainly fill a need for the Wolves. He is a solid shooter from deep and has that elite court vision that many overseas prospects are known for. He wouldn’t have to be a primary scorer right away like he would on other lottery teams, and could be the missing compliment to Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Wolves would be smart to do their due diligence and consider Obi Toppin at this spot as well. But given their current roster makeup and needs, Advija might be just what the doctor ordered.