Top choices for Kings in NBA Draft with No. 8 pick
SACRAMENTO - The Kings aren’t going to have a lot of options with the eighth overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. They don’t really have the assets to move up, and with so many other picks up for grabs in the top 10, it’s hard to see the Kings getting true value for their selection via trade. Depending on which mock draft you look, they could draft one of six players, none of which are named Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. Let's look at the group of prospects and rank how they would fit on the Kings current roster.
1. PG Kris Dunn - 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds
It’s sounding less and less likely that Providence’s Kris Dunn will make it to eight, but he would be the team’s best option. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior is the best point guard prospect in the draft. He’s mature and his story is absolutely incredible. He has a history of shoulder issues, but he is a starter on day one and fits the Kings’ biggest need.
2. SG Buddy Hield - 25.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 45.7 percent 3-point
Like Dunn, this is an advanced prospect with a clear identity. His scoring numbers probably won’t fully translate to the next level, but at 6-foot-5, 212-pounds, Hield has good size for NBA shooting guard. He’s also improved every season at OU, making himself into a top notch prospect that would instantly improve the Kings off-guard position.
SF Jaylen Brown - 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Brown didn’t have the breakout freshman season that NBA teams were looking for, but his potential is off the charts. The 6-foot-7, 223-pound super athlete can play the two, three and a little small ball four. If he is the choice at No. 8, it could set off a chain reaction involving Rudy Gay being moved in an attempt to fill the backcourt issues. Then again, he might be able to stick at the shooting guard position and give the Kings the perimeter defender they desperately need.
G Jamal Murray - 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 40.8 percent 3-point
Murray has a ton of potential, including a great shooting stroke from long range, but his natural position is still in question. He’s more of a combo guard than a pure point or a true two, which might hurt him on draft night. At 6-foot-4, 207-pounds, he’s got decent size, but his defensive prowess is nothing to write home about and there are concerns as to whether he can get his shot off against long, athletic guards at the NBA level. The Kings could do worse at No. 8. Murray is young with plenty of potential, but it’s unlikely he’s ready to step in and start in year one.
PF Dragan Bender - 2.1 points, 1.4 rebounds
Bender has the look and feel of the next big European import. The 7-foot-1, 216-pound forward has range, athleticism and a high basketball IQ. He’s not Kristaps Porzingis, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t have a tremendous impact on the NBA game. Execs have likened him to Dirk Nowitzki, but we’ve heard that before with other prospects. The Kings have a packed front line, but they would love to add a stretch four. Bender would have to have a rough draft night to land in Sacramento, but it’s possible.
PF Marquese Chriss - 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks
The Sacramento native would love nothing more than to don a Kings uniform come draft night, but he’s probably the worst fit of the six available prospects. At 6-10, 233-pounds, with a 38.5-inch vert, the 18-year-old forward has potential to be a bigtime stretch four. He’s raw and needs a ton of time to develop, which the Kings don’t have a ton of time for. If Chriss falls to No. 8, the Kings might get antsy and reach for a plan B type player like Wade Baldwin. Or they could take a local kid and hope to fill the other holes in their roster in free agency and through trades.