1 Floor, 1 realistic, 1 dream player comparison for Kings’ Colby Jones

Colby Jones, Xavier Musketeers. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2023 NBA Draft was a busy night for the Sacramento Kings. Monte McNair was busy taking trade calls all night as the Kings made two trades within an hour of each other. The first trade sent the 24th overall pick and Richaun Holmes to the Dallas Mavericks, helping the Kings free up cap space ahead of free agency. The second trade was with the Boston Celtics, as the Kings moved up four spots to pick 34 to draft Colby Jones in exchange for pick 38 and a future second.

Colby Jones is a fantastic prospect and 100% worth giving up a future second-round pick to get him. Jones is a first-round talent that somehow fell to pick 34, as we could be looking at the steal of the draft. The 6’6″ SG/SF out of Xavier University is one of the more versatile guards in the draft, as not only can he play the 1-3, but he can guard the 1-3 at a high level as well.

Colby Jones averaged 15.0 points, 4.4 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game with 51/38/65 shooting splits. Jones is NBA-ready, with all the right tools to improve and become a significant part of a winning Kings squad. One of the most impressive aspects of Jones’ game is his hustle. Colby Jones never gives up on the court, reflecting his work ethic off the court. The newest King will fit into Sacramento’s culture perfectly.

To get a good sense of the type of player Colby Jones is, we will give three NBA comparisons: One floor comparison, meaning Jones does not reach his potential. One realistic comparison. And one dream comparison, his ceiling if everything goes right.