SACRAMENTO -- The pick is in. With the second overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select, Marvin Bagley III, power forward, Duke University.
After weeks of speculation and analysis, Sacramento pulled the trigger Thursday evening, selecting Bagley over European star, Luka Doncic and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr.
Bagley, 19, spent one season at Duke, averaging 21 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He shot 61.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from behind the arc.
At 6-11, 236 pounds, the former Blue Devil has the versatility to play both the power forward and center positions and the Kings believe he can fit alongside the other bigs on the roster.
Bagley is expected to fly to Sacramento on Friday and meet the media sometime on Saturday.
SACRAMENTO -- Welcome to the 2018 NBA Draft, not to be confused with the 2018 World Series of Poker. In any other year, the Sacramento Kings, sitting at the No. 2 overall selection, would be set. But this year feels decidedly different with multiple options to consider.
Barring a crazy shake up at the top, big man Deandre Ayton appears to be headed to Phoenix with the top spot. The Kings are on the clock and with just hours remaining, Sacramento has locked in on Duke big man, Marvin Bagley III and are expected to select him with the second pick.
According to a league source, the Kings love Bagley’s motor and aggressive style. He posted big numbers in his lone season at Duke, dropping in 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
At 6-foot-11, 234 pounds, the Kings believe Bagley can play both the four and five at the NBA level. The First Team All-American selection and Wooden Award finalist is an elite athlete, but a work in progress on the defensive end.
If Sacramento selects Bagley at No. 2, as expected, they have a glut on the front line. More changes are in store for a team that won just 27 games last season.
Draft Profile: Luka Doncic
Shooting Guard/Small Forward - Spain
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 230
Stats: 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals, .4 blocks, 30.9% 3-point
Player Comparison: Toni Kukoc, Brandon Roy, Manu Ginobili
A multi positional player with a basketball IQ off the charts, Doncic is the most accomplished player to come from the European game, perhaps ever. He’s a wizard in the pick-and-roll and he can score at all three levels. Doncic is also a proven winner that makes his teammates better and he has the hardware to prove it.
There is some concern that Doncic lacks the athleticism and lateral quickness to dominate in the NBA like he did in Europe. While he can play the point guard, shooting guard and small forward position on the offensive end, he’s more of a three on defense at the NBA level. He masks any physical liabilities with incredible instincts, but that might not fly every night at the NBA level.
With Sacramento, Doncic would jump in and start at the small forward position on day 1 alongside the backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic. He would add a scoring threat and another ball handler to the Kings’ first unit.
Chance of going No. 2
Doncic is on a short list of players the Kings are considering at No. 2. They have scouted him all season in Europe and gone overseas to visit the Slovenian prospect twice in the last month leading up to the draft.