NBA Draft Team Preview: Sacramento Kings
THE NBA Draft is just around the corner, in what shapes as one of the most anticipated selection nights in recent memory, thanks to a talented crop of up and comers set to have their dreams realised.
With that in mind, Rookie Me Central will be previewing each side ahead of draft night on June 22, unpacking all 30 teams’ needs and potential selections as they look towards the future.
Another surprising side in the 2022/23 NBA season was the Sacramento Kings, who surged up the rankings and made the playoffs as the third seed. Although they were upset by the Golden State Warriors, the future does look bright for a Kings side that has plenty of talent. To add to this, the team’s youth stocks will be boosted with a trio of picks in the upcoming NBA Draft.
24, 38, 54
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The Kings have built a strong roster that has plenty of young talent and will be looking to contend for the next few years. The team’s big names still have plenty of basketball ahead, and the addition of three players via the draft will only add to the impressive youngsters on the roster.
With the 24th pick, the Kings could be looking towards keeping it in the family, by drafting Keegan Murray‘s twin brother Kris. The former was an excellent selection by Sacramento, and his brother looks to be one of the better wings in this class. With starting forward Harrison Barnes out of contract, Murray could stretch the floor and has proven himself as a contributor on both ends of the court.
While their next two picks come further down the draft order, the Kings will still have plenty of options given the depth of the class. Speaking of wings, Kobe Brown could be an option with pick 38, given his impressive offensive game. Brown has shown himself as a strong contributor when it comes to scoring, passing and ball-handling, and although he is already 23 years of age, he is certainly worth the punt at this stage of the draft.
With their third and final pick in the draft, the Kings will look to invest in another position, and guard Omari Moore could be an option. Standing at an impressive six-foot-six as a potential point guard, Moore has plenty of upside and could be a long-term project given his prototype as a player.
The addition of some young talent will only give Kings fans more hope, and given their success at the draft last year, expect the recruiting team to acquire some quality players.