Five options for the Kings with the No. 2 overall pick in 2018 NBA Draft
The next star in Sacramento
The Sacramento Kings were the big winners of Tuesday evening’s NBA Draft Lottery. With just an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three, Sacramento defied the odds and moved all the way from the seventh overall selection to No. 2. It’s early in the draft process, but here is a look at the top five potential picks for the Kings come July 21.
1. DeAndre Ayton - Center - Arizona
Ayton is an incredible physical specimen. At 7-foot-1, 250-pounds, he comes into the league with one of the more NBA ready bodies we have seen in years. He can bang in the post and has improved his perimeter shooting. He hits the glass hard and has tremendous strength. Ayton’s a work in progress on the defensive side of the ball, but he has superstar potential at the center position. The Suns would be crazy to pass on Ayton with the top overall pick, but if they do, the Kings would likely jump all over the opportunity to take a franchise altering big.
2. Luka Doncic - Small Forward - Slovenia
Doncic will draw plenty of interest from the Suns with the top overall selection. He played under Phoenix’s newly hired head coach, Igor Kokovic, last summer with the Slovenian national team and the two have a strong connection. He could fit alongside Devin Booker in the backcourt or on the wing. Doncic would also look great in starting lineup with DeAaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic in Sacramento. He’s a magician with the ball that would give the Kings all kinds of versatility and playmaking.
3. Marvin Bagley III - Power Forward - Duke
Bagley has springs in his legs. He reminds plenty of draft experts of a young Chris Bosh. He would compete for minutes on the Kings’ frontline alongside Harry Giles, Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos and Zach Randolph. It’s hard not to like a 19-year-old big man that stepped into a starter role at Duke as a freshman and proceeded to post 21 points and 11 rebounds per game in the ACC.
4. Jaren Jackson Jr. - Power Forward/Center - Michigan State
While Jackson didn’t post the same offensive numbers as Bagley or Ayton, he has plenty of upside. In his freshman year at Michigan State, the 6-foot-10 big man went to work on both ends of the court, averaging 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in just 21.8 minute a night. He would get stuck in the Kings’ current log jam in the post, but he has the potential to be the best two-way big in this year’s draft class.
5. Michael Porter Jr. - Small Forward - Missouri
At this time last year, Porter was considered one of the top prospects in the 2018 draft class. He injured his back in Missouri’s opening game and was limited to just three games this season after undergoing back surgery. If he gets a clean bill of health, his stock could rise again. Teams have seen him grow as a prep star and have a good idea of what he brings to the table. For Sacramento, he would step in and play minutes at the small forward position on opening night. He’s a big time player at a position of need.