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2019 NBA Draft: Who Kings could target with three second-round picks


2019 NBA Draft: Who Kings could target with three second-round picks

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.

The Guards

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.

Floor Generals

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.

The Forwards

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. 

The Bigs

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.

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The Euros

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. 

Tacko Fall highlights six NBA draft prospects to roll through Sacramento


Tacko Fall highlights six NBA draft prospects to roll through Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- Cat stuck in a tree? Smoke alarm battery running low? Need someone to wash the middle of the roof of your car? Tacko Fall has you covered.

Imagine walking through life never needing a step stool and having to watch out for ceiling fans in every room you visit. At 7-foot-7 with an 8-foot-2.25 wingspan, Fall grasps the rim standing flat footed.

One of the largest prospects to ever measure at the NBA combine, the 23-year-old center out of the University of Central Florida dropped by Sacramento as part of the Kings’ fourth six -man work out of the week.

“I feel like teams already have an identity of what I can do, they have seen me a lot,” Fall said. “It’s just me being more consistent with what I do, running up and down the floor, being great defensively and that’s what I can bring to any team.”

Fall put up solid numbers in his four years with the Knights. He finished his senior season averaging 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 24.9 minutes per game under head coach Johnny Dawkins.

The giant out of Dekar, Senegal shot an incredible 74.8 percent from the field in his final, collegiate season, although he struggled from the free throw line, knocking down just 36.2 percent from the stripe.

“Big dude, big physical presence,” Duke big man Marques Bolden said. “I kind of knew what to expect coming in today.”

Fall and Bolden faced off in the NCAA tournament, with Duke coming away with a narrow 77-76 victory to advance to the Sweet 16. Fall out performed Bolden in the contest, posting 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Bolden is still deciding whether he will stay in school for another year. He played with both Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley during his time at Duke and there’s a chance he’ll return for his senior year with Coach K.

For the rest of the players at the workout, playing with Fall was a new experience.

“Fun, Fun, I’ve never played with someone 7-7 or 7-6,” Amir Hinton out of Shaw University said. “He’s huge. All you have to do is throw the ball to the rim and he’s going to catch it. I had fun, I enjoyed that.”

Playing at a Division II college, Hinton is a rarity in the workout process. He skipped the AAU experience, instead choosing to earn his stripes as a street baller in Philadelphia. He posted huge numbers at Shaw, earning DII All-American honors while averaging 29.4 points per game for the Bears.

Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb is an experienced player after four seasons at the NCAA level. He’s a big guard that held his own in the Big 12 and he had a unique take on playing against Fall.

“In the league, everybody is tall, everybody is athletic,” guard Iowa State Nick Weiler-Babb said of playing against Fall. “It just gives you a little preview of what you’re going up against. Tacko’s a good player. He’s not clumsy, nothing like that. He knows what he’s doing. He’s good with his feet. It’s good to go against a guy like that.”

Myles Powell from Seton Hall had the honor of following Fall in the media sessions. While the camera guys adjusted their tripods back to normal level, the junior point guard showed a maturity and confidence that you don’t often see during the interview process.

“You’ve never really been around someone that big, let alone on the basketball court with them,” Powell said. “Going through this process, about ready to be in the NBA, it’s always good to get a good body like that on the floor with you.”

After posting 23.1 points per game last season in the Big East, Powell has a huge decision in front of him. With just days to choose whether to return for his senior season or stay in the draft, workouts like the one in Sacramento are extremely important to gain valuable feedback.

Senior Jalen Hudson doesn’t have the option of going back to school before the May 29 deadline. Coming off a rough shooting season at Florida, he was looking to impress NBA scouts with the hopes of continuing his basketball career.

“I’m just trying to show people that I can shoot it really well, that I have confidence that I can really play at this level,” Hudson said. “Obviously numbers are kind of a big thing, but really when you can come in here and show off, that says a lot too.”

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Of all the players that came through Sacramento on Thursday, Fall is the lone player that is listed on some draft boards and even he is expected to go in then late second round.

The Kings have picks No. 40, 47 and 60 to work with and are looking for a few diamonds in the rough. They’ve hosted 24 prospects this week, many of which will return to the college level next season.

Kings will host UCF big Tacko Fall in workout ahead of 2019 NBA Draft


Kings will host UCF big Tacko Fall in workout ahead of 2019 NBA Draft

The Kings might need to raise the ceilings for their next NBA draft workout. 

University of Central Florida center Tacko Fall is among the six players Sacramento will host Thursday for a workout ahead of the June 20 draft in Brooklyn. Fall, who the Kings listed as 7-foot-7 and 289 pounds, was ninth among NCAA Division I basketball players during his senior season with 2.6 blocks per game. 

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig, citing conversations with six NBA teams and other league sources, wrote Monday that Fall was among the players who stood out at the draft combine in Chicago. Fall become something of a viral sensation in four years with the Golden Knights because of his height, and the Senegal native didn't start playing basketball until he was a teenager. 

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In a league that's getting smaller and spacier, Fall is something of a throwback and "is not gonna be a guy that's gonna be a 35-40 minute a game guy," according to ESPN's Jay Bilas. The Athletic's Sam Vecenie pegs Fall as "probably a 10-minute per game guy given his propensity for fouling and his complete and utter inability to make foul shots," but noted that Fall's length (8-foot-2 wingspan) and size could make him a situational big in the NBA. 

Fall, like all of the players the Kings will host Thursday, figures to be available when the Kings pick in the second round at Nos. 40, 47 and 60 overall. Duke center Marques Bolden, who is listed as a whopping eight inches shorter than Fall, is the only workout participant listed on NBADraft.net's top 100.