10. Precious Achiwua – PF – Memphis
We highlighted Precious Achiwua’s draft profile and fit with the Kings in one of our prospect profiles from earlier this month. He is a freak athlete with an NBA-ready body who is described as an “explosive leaper” who has “elite level athletic ability.” He is not a lockdown defender, but his switchability and willingness to guard any position could make him a valuable asset to the right team.
Achiwua is different from the rest of the front court prospects in that he could potentially be a project for Sacramento. He is a player that they could develop while keeping one of Giles or Len for another season. The best case scenario for his rookie season with the Kings would to be a bench energy guy that can earn his minutes with effort.
11. Saddiq Bey – SF – Villanova
Another one of our draft profiles was on Saddiq Bey, who would probably be an even better fit in Sacramento that Achiwua. He, like Vassell, is a 3-and-D prospect, though he is not as much of a lockdown guy. Where he excels is in his three-point shooting, a distance from which he shot 45 percent last season, third-best among players with 175 or more attempts.
Bey would likely be a project. Drafting him wouldn’t shore up the need for a backup small forward, though he would be a candidate for the job. If the Kings took him at the end of the lottery, there is even a chance that he could see some G-League minutes in Stockton for the first part of the season.
But Bey is one of the handful of players that is likely to be picked by the Kings, so hopefully the front office sees more of the offensive repertoire than we do.
12. RJ Hampton – PG/SG
It is a bit more difficult to evaluate the skillset of prospects who play internationally, and such is true with RJ Hampton and the aforementioned Hayes. They are not going up against the traditional competition that we are used to seeing guys their age go up against, which can make things deceiving. Their numbers might be skewed because of it, either for better or for worse, and there could be rule differences that contribute to that as well.
But Hampton’s situation with Sacramento would be much like Hayes’, a prospect that would potentially get minutes at both backup point guard and shooting guard. It is said that he is at his best when he is not the primary creator, which would be an attractive attribute to Vlade Divac and Co.