Five options for Kings at the No. 34 overall pick in 2017 NBA Draft
1 - Frank Mason III, Point Guard, Kansas
Production versus potential. Mason III improved every season at Kansas. As a senior under head coach Bill Self, the 5-foot-11 guard averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds while leading the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record. He visited Sacramento twice during the draft process and even if the Kings land Fox with the No. 5 overall selection, they could use a dependable sparkplug off the bench.
2 - Caleb Swanigan, Power Forward, Purdue
Swanigan is a sleeper. The sophomore big has a soft touch with either hand and can hit from behind the arc with ease. There are concerns about his ability to guard stretch fours at the pro level, but he’ll score and rebound from day 1.
3 - Jawun Evans, Point Guard, Oklahoma State
Evans might find his way into the first round, but if he slides to 34, the Kings will have to give him a long look. Without a single point guard on the roster, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Kings load up at the position. Evans can score and Sacramento needs a burst of energy off the bench.
4 - Jordan Bell, Power Forward, Oregon
The Kings needs a lunch pail guy. Bell is a high energy, dirty work player that can bang in the post and block some shots. He’s limited offensively, but when teams go big against the Thin Towers, having a strong man off the bench could come in handy.
5 - Semi Ojeleye, Small Forward/Power Forward, SMU
When Rudy Gay went down and Omri Casspi and Matt Barnes were sent away at the deadline, the Kings were left with no one to guard bigger wings. Ojeleye might struggle initially to transition to playing the small forward at the pro level, but he’s built like a tank and projects as a solid 3-and-D player.