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NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Michael Porter Jr.

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr. - Small Forward - Missouri - Freshman

Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-10.75 Weight: 211

Stats: 10.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, .3 assists, 1.0 steals, .3 blocks, 30.0% 3-point

Player Comparison: Danilo Gallinari, Tracy McGrady

Strengths

Porter is an incredibly gifted scorer that projects as a legitimate number one option at the NBA level. His handles need some work, but he can take opponents off the dribble, rise above defenders in the mid-range and shoot from deep. He’s also a solid rebounder for his position and has the size and athleticism to be an adequate defender.

Weaknesses

Porter underwent back surgery after just two minutes of play during his freshman year at Missouri. He returned late in the season, but was limited to just 53 minutes of play for the Tigers. His shot selection will need work and he weighed in at just 211 pounds at the combine. He’ll need to get stronger and work the kinks out with his back issues if he hopes to fulfill his enormous potential.

Fit

If it wasn’t for the back issues, Porter would be the perfect addition for the Kings. He could start at the small forward position and slide over and player stretch four for stints. Sacramento could use a pure scorer like Porter, but health is a big concern.

Chance of going No. 2

Sacramento would love to take the gamble on Porter, but they’re going to need a clean bill of health. They attended his evaluation day last Friday, which reportedly went well. But with other options on the table, they are going to need assurances that the herniated discs issue was a one time thing.

19-year-old Luka Doncic wants a date with a Friend and...a tiger?

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19-year-old Luka Doncic wants a date with a Friend and...a tiger?

In Europe, Luka Doncic is a star. It appears he would like to be one in the United States as well.

Fresh off a EuroLeague championship, as well as league and Finals MVP honors, the 19-year-old Slovenian-born wing showed a different side of himself in a video made by the folks over at Bleacher Report.

In an interview with Howard Beck, Doncic made a few of his wishes known, including his want for a signature shoe, a date with Jennifer Aniston and the future purchase of...a tiger?

"I just like tigers. I said if I go to U.S., I will buy a tiger—like Mike Tyson," Doncic told Beck.

Sacramento has Doncic on a short list of prospects they are considering with the second overall selection. He has high aspirations, both on and off the court.

It’s hard not to like the confidence and moxie of this prospect. Will he be a King come Thursday evening?

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Marvin Bagley III

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NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III - Power Forward - Duke - Freshman

Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220

Stats: 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .8 steals, .9 blocks, 39.7% 3-point

Player Comparison: Antonio McDyess, Michael Beasley

Strengths:
Bagley has springs in his legs. After skipping a year of high school, the Duke product dominated the ACC and projects as a double-double machine at the NBA level. He knocked down nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts and he runs the floor like a gazelle. He’s also one of the best rebounders in the draft and he loves to finish above the rim.

Weaknesses:
While he helps to end defensive possessions with rebounds, he’s a liability on this end of the floor. Whether it was effort or acumen, Duke spent much of the season playing zones to hide his deficiencies. He’ll need to add plenty of muscle to hold his position at the NBA level. He’ll also need to find new ways to stuff the stat sheet. His assist, steal and block numbers aren’t what you would expect from a player with his athleticism.

Fit:
Sacramento is loaded at the four with young players Harry Giles, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein all available to play the position. Bagley has plenty of talent and might make a one or two of those players expendable. He would instantly improve the team’s rebounding woes, but there are plenty of question marks.  

Chance of going No. 2:
As of now, it’s a three-man race between Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Bagley, but things change quickly around this time of year. The Kings are intrigued with the big man out of Duke. He swung by Sacramento last week for a full workout and meeting with the team and he left a very good impression.