Pick No. 12 in the 2020 NBA Draft is a tricky one. The top two or three tiers of players will likely be off the board, depending on your evaluation system. What is left is a mixed bag of what should be solid rotational players mixed with a major risk/reward prospects. The Kings have a handful of needs, but the direction of the franchise is completely up in the air after the departure of general manager Vlade Divac and his lead lieutenant, Peja Stojakovic. To start, the Kings need more length at the forward position, more shooters and potentially a long-term answer at center. Here are five options that make sense for the Kings following the draft lottery.
1. Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn or Devin Vassell, SG, Florida State
Okoro's Measurables: 6-foot-6, 225 pounds Age: 19 Vassell's Measurables: 6-foot-7, 194 pounds Age: 19 There are two high-end 3-and-D wings the Kings would love to get their hands on in Isaac Okoro and Devin Vassell. There is a good chance that both will be gone when the Kings select at No. 12, but if one of them falls or the Kings decide to move up, it’s an easy decision. Okoro is a road grader that plays through contact and doesn’t mind mixing it up on either end of the court. His offensive game isn’t off the charts, but he is physical and has incredible athleticism. Vassell is more refined as an offensive player and he has a huge wingspan. He projects as an above-average defender at the NBA level and he shot 41.7 percent from three over his two seasons at Florida State.
2. Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt
Nesmith's Measurables: 6-foot-6, 213 pounds Age: 20
Nesmith made himself into a true prospect in his sophomore season, averaging 23 points and 4.9 rebounds before a stress fracture in his foot put him on the shelf. Before the injury, Nesmith was burning up the nets from the perimeter, shooting a stunning 52.2 percent from long range on 8.2 attempts per game.
There are some concerns about his overall athleticism and lateral quickness on the defensive end, but he’s a smart player with a 6-foot-10 wingspan that projects as an average to slightly above-average defender at the NBA level.
3. Patrick Williams, SF, Florida State
Williams' Measurables: 6-foot-8, 225 pounds Age: 18 Okoro is the star defender, Vassell looks like a nice two-way player and Nesmith is the marksmen. Williams is the project. At 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, there is hope that Williams can defend either forward position at the NBA level. He’s a high basketball IQ player and good team defender, but there are some concerns about overall athleticism and hip swivel. On the offensive end, he’s a bit raw. He’s not going to create his own shot, but he can hit a three and attack the rim off of opposing closeouts. If the Kings come back with a similar roster, Williams makes sense as a multi-positional role player with some upside. If they mix things up, they’ll likely need a more offensive-minded option.
4. Precious Achiuwa, PF/C Memphis
Achiuwa's Measurables: 6-foot-9, 225 pounds Age: 20 Do the Kings need another big man? They might. With Harry Giles and Alex Len entering the offseason as unrestricted free agents and Richaun Holmes having just one more year on his contract, Sacramento very well could be looking to add another big. It’s also possible that Marvin Bagley moves over to the middle full-time going forward and the Kings look at another position of need. Achiuwa is an aggressive, high-motor monster in the post. He averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in his lone season at Memphis. At 6-foot-9, he’s a bit undersized, but he plays bigger than his height. The 20-year-old boasts nearly a 7-foot-2 wingspan and he sets some vicious screens on the perimeter.
5. Killian Hayes, PG/SG, France
Hayes' Measurables: 6-foot-5, 185 pounds Age: 18 Hayes could go considerably higher than this in the draft. He could also slip just a spot or two and find himself in a Kings uniform. He’s played a lot of point guard in Germany, which conflicts with Sacramento’s deepest position, but he’s big enough to play the shooting guard position and teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans have found success running multiple point guard sets. The Kings need more playmakers and Hayes is one of those prospects that has moments of brilliance. Can he be a Shai-Gilgeous Alexander type player? It’s possible. If the Kings want to shake up their roster in a major way, this is the type of versatile player they should jump at.