3. Gabe Vincent
Vincent went undrafted in 2018 after four seasons at UC Santa Barbara, but the Kings signed him to an exhibit-10 contract during training camp. The 6’3 guard spent his first professional season as a backup for the Stockton Kings in the G League. Vincent took a leap in year two and was averaging 23.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals over 20 games before the Heat gave him a two-way contract in January of 2020.
Vincent clawed his way into the rotation and just kept improving. By his fourth NBA season, the 6’3 guard started all 22 postseason games as the Heat reached the NBA Finals. His stats won’t blow fans away, but he competes hard and is a fantastic story.
His playoff performance earned him a three-year $33 million contract from the Lakers this summer. The 27-year-old should be in his prime and Los Angeles is ready to contend.
The Sacramento Kings had the first crack at the kid from Modesto but failed to keep him. They clearly saw something because he returned for a second season in Stockton. Instead of locking him in on a cheap contract, Vincent ended up breaking out in Miami and landing a massive deal with the Lakers. It was certainly a missed opportunity and one the Kings likely regret.