Tier 2: Must draft if available, but might not be
This tier is compiled of prospects who will likely be taken before the 24th pick, but if they fall to Sacramento, they are a must-draft. These are ideal prospects for the Kings but might not be worth trading up for. One of these prospects might be available at pick 24, but the Kings will likely not have to choose between any two or more of them.
3. Jett Howard, Michigan: Jett Howard, the son of Juwan, is a premier offensive talent in this class. The 6’8″ wing would excel next to elite playmakers in De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. The perimeter threat in a trio of Kevin Huerter, Jett Howard, and Keegan Murray would be scary for other teams. He hustles on defense, and if he can improve his on-ball ability, he could become a 3-and-D threat.
4. Noah Clowney, Alabama: Clowney’s draft stock continues to rise after showing off his athleticism and sneaky shooting ability during the pre-draft process. The 6’10” versatile forward has a 7’2″ wingspan and showcased his two-way presence in his lone season at Alabama. The 18-year-old still has ways to improve on offense, but the tools and energy are there for Clowney to develop into a great player.
5. Kris Murray, Iowa: The twin brother of Keegan Murray, Kris might follow in his brother’s footsteps and be the next breakout rookie in Sacramento. Kris is a 6’8″ forward with no true weakness in his game. He is a smart player with all the right tools to fit into any system. The 22-year-old would be an immediate impact on a Kings team ready to win now, but is he too similar to Keegan? The Kings might not be looking for a player with a similar playstyle to their starting forward, but the twins have already shown they can play together in college.
6. Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Marquette: Another late riser, Prosper, has been surging up draft boards after a successful pre-draft process. The 6’7″ forward is an explosive player with elite athleticism. Prosper is becoming one of the most intriguing two-way players in the draft, as he is explosive on offense and versatile on defense. While his jump shot could still use some work, he is capable enough to be a threat from anywhere on the floor.