3 Big men the Kings should target with the 24th pick in the NBA Draft

Gregory Jackson (23), University of South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Gregory Jackson (23), University of South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /
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Noah Clowney, University of Alabama
Noah Clowney, University of Alabama. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Noah Clowney, Alabama

Noah Clowney, the third 6’10” one-and-done player on this list, has a higher floor than GG Jackson and Bobi Klintman but could also have a higher ceiling. In his freshman season, the 18-year-old averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game on 48/28/65 shooting splits. While the 28% from three jumps off the page for the wrong reason, Clowney is a more impressive shooter than you think.

Noah Clowney is very comfortable with his shot and is ready to prove people wrong heading into pre-draft workouts (via Indiana Pacers):

"“I’m not a 29 percent three-point shooter like they’ve seen in college. I’m better than that. My defensive versatility. I’m a lot more athletic than people think.”"

Clowney’s defensive ability makes him stand out in this draft class. His 7’2″ wingspan contributes to his elite rim protection, and his athleticism allows him to switch onto perimeter players and still play lock-down defense, even though that aspect of his game is still developing.

The 6’10” forward moves like a guard, as his athleticism is through the roof. His floor awareness, with his quick movements, allows him to always be in the right spot at the right time. Clowney is exceptional about making cuts and finding open lanes to the basket even without the ball.

Noah Clowney might be exactly what the Kings want in a big man. He can play the four or the five, protect the rim, grab rebounds, run the floor, and shoot threes. Taking a chance on Clowney with the 24th pick would be wise, as he is my favorite realistic Kings big man target in this draft class.