Grading the surprising Sacramento Kings draft night decisions

Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Jalen Slawson, Furman Paladins
Jalen Slawson, Furman Paladins. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /

Decision 3: Drafting Jalen Slawson with the 54th pick

While most people stopped watching the NBA Draft at this point, the Sacramento Kings drafted Jalen Slawson, a 6’7″ standout out of Furman University. The 5th-year senior won the 2023 SoCon Player of the Year while on his way to an outstanding March Madness first-round upset over Virginia.

Last season, Slawson averaged 15.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game as he stuffed the stat sheet. He had 55/39/77 shooting splits to add to his impressive stats. His 39% from three stands out, as while he has shot a low volume from deep, he has shown he can knock them down from beyond the arc.

Slawson is an impressive defender, as he had good enough size to guard the 3-5, but struggles to guard the perimeter. He is a high IQ defender, both on and off the ball, which led to his impressive 3.0 stocks per game.

Jalen Slawson is an all-around player with no real weakness in his game. The 23-year-old forward has the experience to have an impact in the NBA, but with all late second-round picks, we question if they will make the team’s roster.

Slawson is a stretch four or even has the tools to be a point forward at times, as he has impressive playmaking abilities. His playmaking, defensive impact, and finishing ability make him an impressive prospect, but he does not have a high upside.

While it is tough for teams to find eye-popping prospects in the late second round, Jalen Slawson does not stand out. He will likely cycle through the G League, but we look forward to seeing what he can do in the Summer League.

Decision Grade: B-