Sacramento Kings: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

The Sacramento Kings took a step backwards last season but the worst part of it all was that they, once again, looked like the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchise.

Kings head coach Luke Walton and second-leading scorer Buddy Hield are bumping heads, at odds over Hield’s starting role and playing time. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harrison Barnes, arguable the team’s two most talented wings, are rumored to be being pursued by the Milwaukee Bucks. Promising center Harry Giles is likely out of the door as well, as Sacramento can only pay him $3.9 million in free agency after foolishly declining his option for the 2020-21 season.

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2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 12 overallNo. 35 overallNo. 43 overallNo. 52 overall

Kings Draft Needs

What will it take to bring the Kings out of dysfunction once again?

Nobody can be sure of the answer to that question but with four picks in the 2020 NBA Draft, including a lottery selection, Sacramento needs to improve the team culture.

The Kings may also need to replace Bogdanovic through the draft, as the $9.3 million mid-level exception is the best deal they can offer impending free agents. If a deal between Bogdanovic and the Bucks does transpire and Harrison Barnes is involved, matching salaries may result in Milwaukee sending a versatile defender and elite shooter in Khris Middleton to Sacramento. However, the Kings can’t guarantee the deal will occur, so they need to have multiple plans to replace the Serbian swingman.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 12 overallNo. 35 overallNo. 43 overallNo. 52 overall
F-C Precious Achiuwa, MemphisSG Desmond Bane, TCUC Daniel Oturu, MinnesotaC Nick Richards, Kentucky
F-C Onyeka Okongwu, USCF Tyler Bey, ColoradoPF Reggie Perry, Mississippi St.C Kaleb Wesson, Ohio St.
G-F Aaron Nesmith, VanderbiltG-F Robert Woodard II, Mississippi St.SG Cassius Stanley, DukeC Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
F Saddiq Bey, VillanovaC Udoka Azubuike, KansasSF Jordan Nwora, LouisvilleSF Kenyon Martin Jr., IMG Academy
F Patrick Williams, Florida St.C Xavier Tillman, Michigan St.G-F Elijah Hughes, SyracuseSF Josh Hall, Moravian

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerPatrick Williams (No. 12)
The AthleticR.J. Hampton (No. 12), Daniel Oturu (No. 35), Devon Dotson (No. 43), Mason Jones (No. 52)
USA TODAY SportsPatrick Williams (No. 12)
CBS SportsPatrick Williams (No. 12)
The ScoreDevin Vassell (No. 12)

Projected Roster

PGDe’Aaron Fox
PGCory Joseph
SGBuddy Hield
SGJustin James
SGKyle Guy*
FHarrison Barnes
FJabari Parker
PFNemanja Bjelica
F-CMarvin Bagley III
CRichaun Holmes
*Two-Way Contract

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

New YorkDetroitMiami
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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