Tier 4: Good prospects, but a reach at pick 24
After the Tier 3 prospects, any prospect would become a reach to select with their first-round pick. At this point, they would be better off hoping these guys fall to the 38th overall pick, but the Kings could be surprisingly high on one of them and take the chance here.
12. Ben Sheppard, Belmont: After an impressive showing at the NBA Combine, Sheppard’s draft stock skyrocketed into the first round. Since then, the hype has died down, and he seems to be slipping again. While he is still likely to go in the late first round, is he worth the first-round pick? The 6’5″ shooting guard is an impressive shooter, shooting 41.5% from deep last season for Belmont.
13. Maxwell Lewis, Pepperdine: Similar to Ben Sheppard, Maxwell Lewis’ competition in college comes into question. Lewis is a knockdown shooter and smooth ball handler with the qualities of a pro-level 3-and-D player. Lewis might not be NBA-ready, which is why he is further down on this list, but with room to develop, he could become an impressive player.
14. Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana: Jackson-Davis is hard to find a draft range for because he is a fantastic player, but his age and shooting are a concern. After being one of the top NCAA players for four straight years, Jackson-Davis is finally in the draft with a chance to be a first-round selection. The 6’8″ forward is an elite shot-blocker with a strong interior game and impressive rebounding. The 23-year-old is one of the more versatile forwards in the draft, but his jump shot holds him back.
15. Gregory Jackson II, South Carolina: G.G. Jackson is the youngest prospect in the draft, which both helps and hurts his draft stock. With limited experience, Jackson is known to make unwise decisions with the ball, but that comes with being such a young prospect. The Kings might not be in the right position to take on a project player, but if he is available for Sacramento at the 38th overall pick, that is where he would be selected.