Check out the prospects analysts around the League predict Sacramento will select with the seventh-overall pick.
Following the results of last week’s Draft Lottery – in which the Kings landed the No. 7 pick – NBA pundits released preliminary mock drafts, forecasting where top collegiate and international prospects may land come the June 27 Draft.
While group and individual workouts, one-on-one interviews and hours of film-review over the coming weeks will likely play key roles in each team’s decisions, notable analysts evaluated Sacramento’s roster needs in predicting the team’s Draft-day selection. Several believe the Kings will set sights on a playmaking guard or high-scoring forward, while others expect the team to nab an athletic big man to complement up-and-coming center DeMarcus Cousins in the frontcourt.
As the Kings aim to bolster an improving team with high-caliber young talent, take a look at excerpts from several mock draft breakdowns below.
|Player||Otto Porter, SF||Trey Burke, PG||Michael Carter-Williams, PG||Cody Zeller, C|
|Player||Shabazz Muhammad, SG-SF||Cody Zeller, C||Cody Zeller, C|
“The Kings could use a forward with a high IQ – that does a little bit of everything. That’s exactly what Porter brings to the table. The former Hoyas star does a little bit of everything.” – Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com
“Point guard, small forward and power forward are all positions the Kings need to address at some stage, and there should be plenty of talented options to choose from here. In the event that Burke somehow slips (to No. 7), the Kings would surely jump on him.” – Jonathan Givony, Yahoo Sports (via DraftExpress.com)
“Carter-Williams is a high-risk, high-reward player. He has elite size for his position, proved to be a terrific athlete at the NBA draft combine and sees the floor well. In addition, he’s a rangy defender who averaged 2.8 steals per game last season.” – Chad Ford, ESPN.com
“(Zeller’s) 35.5 inch standing jump is the highest recorded for a big man in years (at the NBA Draft Combine). Zeller shows the ability to knock down mid-range shots with regularity and runs the floor like a gazelle, which is rare for a 7-footer.” – FoxSports.com (via NBADraft.net)
“Zeller tested well at the combine, for whatever that’s worth, showcasing tremendous athleticism. Teams will want to see how he shoots from the perimeter at individual workouts, but there is no denying that Zeller is a skilled offensive player … adding Zeller to a frontcourt with DeMarcus Cousins has potential.” – Chris Mannix, SI.com
What position would you like to see the team address with its First-Round pick?