Five options for the Kings with the No. 10 overall pick in NBA Draft
Frank Ntilikina, Point Guard, France
Ntilikina has incredible size for the point guard position, measuring in at 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan. His potential as a defender is off the charts, but he is raw on the offensive end. The sample size is small on Ntilikina. He’ll need to improve his ball handling skills and gain experience watching from the bench early in his career, but there is a lot to like from this 18-year-old.
Donovan Mitchell, Shooting Guard, Louisville
Mitchell is one of the best two-way players in the draft, but at 6-foot-3, he’s undersized to play the two and not a natural playmaker at the one. If he can convince a team that his long term position at the pro level is as a lead guard, the Kings would have to consider the 20-year-old.
Zach Collins, Power Forward, Gonzaga
The Zags run in the tournament opened doors for Collins. He is physical and concise in the post and in his Sacramento workout, he shot the lights out from long range. He can play the four or the five at the NBA level and would make an interesting rotation pairing with Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein up front.
Dennis Smith, Point Guard, N.C. State
If the Kings draft a small forward at the No. 5 and Smith slips to No. 10, they have to keep an open mind. He’s not a perfect prospect, but his talent is undeniable. A draft that includes Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith would turn heads around the league.
Lauri Markkanen, Power Forward, Arizona
Possibly the best shooter in the draft, Markkanen draws comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki and Ryan Anderson. Living up to those comparisons are a completely different matter. He’ll need to improve off the dribble and rebound better at the next level, but a 7-footer with unlimited range is intriguing to say the least. If he slides to 10, the Kings would be crazy not to take the gamble.