There is an 86 percent chance that the Sacramento Kings end up with pick number 12 in the 2020 NBA Draft, here are five players to watch for that selection.
It is well documented how uninspiring the top talent in the 2020 NBA Draft is, but there are gems to be found every season. Comparisons have been made to 2013 where Anthony Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, and Cody Zeller were the underwhelming top four selections. Yet, the later parts of this same draft include CJ McCollum, Rudy Gobert, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
There is immense pressure on the teams selecting in the top-four to not draft the next Bennett or Zeller, and the Kings have a 6.1 percent chance to be among that group, with no consensus best player or even top tier.
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Deep dives on these prospects and their skill sets will be written by myself or other members of A Royal Pain at a later time, but in this article, we will get you up to speed on some of the choices for the Sacramento Kings in the likely scenario that they are selecting 12th overall.
A draftee’s fit on the roster should be taken into consideration more so in the back-end of the lottery, and Sacramento is clearly in the market for a long-term front court pairing alongside Marvin Bagley, which is someone who can protect the rim and space the floor. They will also be in a position to add depth at the wing, as Sam Vecenie of The Athletic has noted in his most recent mock draft (subscription required):
“The Kings are in the market for wing help and doing due diligence on all of the wings potentially in this range. A lot of the guys who play the 2 and 3 for them aren’t exactly low-usage shooters.”
A low usage 3&D type of player would fit seamlessly as Luke Walton showed his comfort in playing Harrison Barnes at the four, where he is probably most ideal. There is one player that all fans should familiarize themselves with as the perfect prospect to fit that exact role at a potentially elite role player level.