SACRAMENTO -- It’s going to be a long night for Kings fans. Not in a bad way, but because the Kings don’t make their first selection in Thursday's 2019 NBA Draft until pick No. 40, and they finish the night in Brooklyn with Mr. Irrelevant at No. 60.
General manager Vlade Divac and his team have brought 101 prospects through the practice facility for workouts, which is a stunning number by any measure. They have also hit college games, pro days, the combine, individual and group workouts, plus plenty of international basketball as well.
While it’s hard to gauge who will be available, here are some names that fans might want to keep an eye out for on draft night.
Sacramento brought in plenty of guards during their extensive search. They even brought Virginia's Kyle Guy in for a second look. We can break the prospects into two basic categories, although there is some overlap here and there.
Jordan Bone and Jaylen Hands are playmakers. Bone put up 13.5 points and 5.8 assists as a junior at Tennessee. He’s lightning fast and a big-time athlete, but he can also play out of control.
Hands is long and has great size for a point guard. He posted 14.2 points and 6.1 assists in his sophomore season at UCLA. He’s a rangy player with good speed, although he turned the ball over 3.2 times per game, which is an issue.
Don’t be surprised if the Kings look at one of these two players to compete for a roster spot with Frank Mason. They both push the tempo and could run the show with the G League Stockton Kings to get more experience.
Guy wasn’t the only pure shooter to come through Sacramento. Wofford’s Fletcher Magee -- the NCAA’s all-time leader in 3-point makes -- also dropped by, as did Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman.
But Guy put on a shooting clinic, especially in his second visit. He averaged 15.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting from 3-point range last season and has a quick release.
Magee launched and hit as well. He impressed the other players in the workout with his ability to hit off-balance shots in traffic. He averaged 20.3 points per game as a senior, knocking down 41.9 percent from behind the arc on 10.8 attempts per game.
Wright-Foreman starred at Hofstra, averaging 27.1 points per game on 42.5 percent from distance. He can shoot it and he can create for himself, or at least he could at a mid-major.
Like every other team in the league, the Kings can use another shooter. This group is intriguing, but they are all undersized combo guards.
Forwards Isaiah Roby and Cody Martin might drop to the Kings at No. 40, and both made the trip out to Sacramento.
Roby is a long combo-forward measured in at 6-foot-8.5 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan. He didn’t put up huge numbers in his three seasons at Nebraska, but he has potential at both forward spots.
Martin is a jack-of-all-trades type player who turned heads at the draft combine in Chicago. The University of Nevada Reno product measured in at just under 6-foot-6, but with a 6-foot-10.25. He’s a high basketball IQ player and a very good passer.
With both Harrison Barnes and Corey Brewer set to become unrestricted free agents, Sacramento needs more depth at the wing. Robby might have a higher ceiling, but Martin is a player who can play minutes early in his career.
Tacko Fall walked into the gym and nearly scraped his head on the 40-foot ceilings. He’s a giant who might be available when the Kings select with the final pick in the draft.
But there are clearly more functional players on the market, including a pair of bigs that might fall to the Kings at No. 40.
Bruno Fernando and Daniel Gafford appear to be sliding down most draft boards. Fernando is a big body and averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks at Maryland last season. Built like a tank, the 20-year-old is further ahead on the offensive end but will need time to develop.
Gafford made a huge mistake going back for his sophomore season at Arkansas. He was slated to go around the 20th pick last season, but he’s dropping into the 40s in plenty of mocks this time around. He posted 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and two blocks per game as a 20-year-old sophomore, and he has a nice motor.
If either Gafford or Fernando make it to 40, the Kings should scoop them up in a heartbeat. Sacramento has $2 million tied up in Caleb Swanigan as a project big, but that’s not much by NBA standards.
The Injured Guys
Jontay Porter, brother of Michael Porter, has torn his ACL twice since last October. He is going to need a year of rebuilding and even then, teams will really not know what kind of a player they have. Like Martin, he’s an extremely high-IQ player with long-term potential as a third big. He will likely drop into the early 40s, but not much further than that.
Chuma Okeke out of Auburn is another injury risk who will fall to the second round after tearing his ACL in the NCAA tournament. He’s a big defender with 3-and-D potential down the road. He averaged 12 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks as a sophomore for the Tigers.
Sacramento gambled on Harry Giles with the 20th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, and that has worked out so far. With three second-round selections, the Kings could take a flyer on an injured prospect and try the redshirt game once again.
There are a couple of intriguing international prospects who Sacramento could try to draft and stash. Deividas Sirvydis and Yovel Zoosman are prospects should be available right around when the Kings select.
Sirvydis is a 19-year-old forward with a smooth jumper and plenty of upside. He needs to get stronger, and a few more years playing overseas might be perfect for the Lithuanian-born shooter.
Zoosman played in the Israeli league for Maccabi Tel Aviv this season. He’s a solid athlete and an improving shooter. The 21-year-old wing's pro experience is a plus, as is his high basketball IQ.
You can’t draft and play three second-round picks. Even two is a stretch. Finding a prospect and monitoring his growth over a few years is a good way to get value from a pick and potentially bank something for the future.