Five options for the Kings with the No. 5 overall pick in 2017 NBA Draft
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Dennis Smith, Point Guard, N.C. State
Smith is an explosive athlete that plays with a chip on his shoulder. He switches speed and direction with the best of them and he makes plays for others. An ACL tear in his senior year of high school is a concern and there are question marks about his attitude, but the 19-year-old out of North Carolina State has incredible potential. If the Kings are sold on solidifying the point and miss out on the top three in the draft, Smith could become an option at No. 5.
Jonathan Isaac, Small Forward/Power Forward, Florida State
Isaac has the physical tools to excel at the NBA level, but he’s a huge risk/reward pick in the Top 10. There are question marks about his ability to stay at the three and he needs to improve as a shooter. At 6-foot-11, 205-pounds, he is going to need to add both weight and strength to compete, regardless of position.
Jayson Tatum, Small Forward, Duke
Tatum would instantly compete with Buddy Hield for the Kings’ leading scorer in year one. The versatile wing can score from all over the court and reminds many of Rudy Gay. This isn’t an ideal fit for Sacramento, but Tatum is as close to a can’t miss prospect as this draft has and at a major position of need.
De’Aaron Fox, Point Guard, Kentucky
Before Philly moved to the top spot, there was legitimate concern that they would take Fox with the third overall selection. Boston appears locked into Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, leaving only Phoenix between the Kings and their starting point guard for the next decade. The Suns already boast three Kentucky point guards on their roster. Would they dare take a fourth and pass on either Jackson or Tatum?
Josh Jackson, Small Forward, Kansas
The Kings would love to see the high flying small forward slide to the No. 5 spot in the draft, but the path to the Kansas product doesn’t look great. Philadelphia’s swap with the Celtics leaves potential for a short slide for the 20-year-old wing, but the Kings would need both Boston and Phoenix to pass on a player that many experts believe is the best prospect in the draft.