Who should the Sacramento Kings draft?

Who should the Sacramento Kings draft?

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Who should the Sacramento Kings draft?



Cowbell Kingdom wants to hear from you. We’ve listed the Kings’ most likely options, a few reminders for each pick and a poll to cast your votes.

Willie Cauley-Stein – PF/C, Kentucky

Why: DeMarcus Cousins gains a formidable frontcourt partner in Cauley-Stein, who will gleefully rebound, defend the rim and close out on the perimeter.

Why not: Cauley-Stein is limited offensively and not expected by scouts to develop into an All-Star.

Kristaps Porzingis – PF/C, Baloncesto Sevilla

Why: Porzingis can step in right away as a set shooter. In a few years, Porzingis may become an unguardable superstar.

Why not: The Kings don’t have time to wait around for another project.

Emmanuel Mudiay – PG, Guangdong Tigers

Why: The Kings redeem themselves for passing on Ricky Rubio six years ago by drafting Mudiay, a true point guard who will have the team’s offense firing on all cylinders once he adapts to the league’s pace.

Why not: Mudiay hasn’t proven he can consistently stretch the floor, a major problem for a Sacramento club that struggles with spacing.

Justise Winslow – SF, Duke

Why: Winslow addresses the Kings’ extremely porous perimeter defense. Not a one-trick pony, he can stretch the floor and post up smaller forwards.

Why not: Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi (if re-signed) play his preferred position.

Mario Hezonja – SG, Barcelona

Why: Hezonja is a lights-out shooter and a competent stopper on the other end. Along with a brash personality, he can be marketed as Sacramento’s next international star. Hezonja has trained with Peja Stojakovic in the past.

Why not: His ego may get the best of him. Hezonja’s poor shot selection is also worrisome.

Trade the No. 6 pick for Ty Lawson

Why: Sacramento gets instant reinforcements in a proven floor general. Lawson brings shooting and ball movement and runs George Karl’s offense to a tee.

Why not: The Kings mortgage the future for a veteran who’s not quite an All-Star. His salary burdens the cap more so than a rookie’s.

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