#7. Isaac Okoro – SF – Auburn
Aside from Deni Avdija, Isaac Okoro might be the best fit for the Kings roster as it stands today. He is a good scorer though he shot needs work, and he has a high basketball IQ for a guy who doesn’t always have the ball in his hands. He is solid on defense though his game needs a bit of polishing on both ends of the court.
Okoro is actually one of the players that the Kings are most likely to target, given their projected spot in the draft and Okoro’s second-tier prospect stock. He would be a promising member of a second unit that could eventually become a go-to option, and could even threaten Harrison Barnes’ starting spot some day.
#8. Devin Vassell – SG/SF – Florida State
We had the Kings drafting Devin Vassell with the 11th overall pick in the first version of our 2020 NBA Mock Draft, and still think he would be one of the better fits for the team.
He is a 3-and-D guy with above average potential, which is something that the Kings desperately need. If the team is to move on from Buddy Hield, they will need all the reliable snipers off of the bench that they can get. While we certainly don’t expect Vassell to fill Hield’s shoes from beyond the arc, he could provide at some volume replacement while being a far better defensive option.
Vassell is listed as a shooting guard/small forward hybrid, but would likely play most of his minutes out on the wing. It would nice to have a flexible option who could play both positions, especially if Hield is gone.
9. Killian Hayes – PG/SG – Ratiopharm Ulm
Killian Hayes is another one of those instances where the Kings would be drafting for best player available. He is a combo-guard who has the potential to be an elite passer at the next level. He has to size to move over to shooting guard, but his style of play is best suited for the point guard position.
If the Kings want to change direction with their backup point guard minutes, they’d better find someone who can play solid defense to replace Cory Joseph. Hayes has been described as an average to above-average defender who can be beaten by quicker players, which is a trait that could be a turn off to the Kings given the stellar guard play in the Western Conference.