The NBA Draft is under a month away, which means NBA Draftmas is back. Each day, The Game Haus will review a team’s past season, their team needs and targets. We will continue with the team that has the No. 2 overall pick, the Sacramento Kings.
You would think with all the high draft picks the Kings have had over the years, they would eventually figure out how to draft. Unfortunately for Sacramento fans, that has not really happened.
The Kings have not had a winning season since the 2005-06 season. They have not topped 35 wins since the 2007-08 season when they won 38. They have won less than 30 games eight different times during this stretch of missing the postseason. Sacramento has also had nine different head coaches during this period. The franchise is a dumpster fire.
The Kings have had plenty of top 10 picks lately and have flopped on most of them. However, they really have a chance to get a star with the second overall pick.
This season, the Kings were last in points, 14th in points allowed, 22nd in field goal percentage, third in 3-point percentage, 28th in rebounds, 25th in assists, 11th in steals and 25th in blocks. They rank surprisingly high in a few of those categories, but it is easy to see why this team finished just 27-55.
The Kings need to capitalize of this draft. After taking De’Aaron Fox last season, they need to find another young star to pair him up with.
Picks and needs
First round: No. 2
Second round: No. 36
At this point, the Kings just need some talent on their roster. With the second pick, they should take the best player available. Most likely, that will be a big man, and the Kings could sure use one.
Most of the Kings’ talent comes in guard form, and they could use a big to compliment them. Stats like the rebounding and blocks, as well as the fact they rank 22nd in both points in the paint and second-chance points, show the need for a big.
Targets and thoughts
Pick No. 2: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke
If DeAndre Ayton is still on the board, the Kings should take him. However, with Ayton most likely going first, the Kings should take the power forward from Duke.
Marvin Bagley had an incredible freshman season at Duke. He set nine Duke freshman records, including his 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He was also just one of four players this past season to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He ranked third in the NCAA in double-doubles as well with 22. He was also dominant in the paint with 98 dunks, which is a Duke single-season record.
The 6-foot-11, 235-pound power forward is just what the Kings need. He can definitely help the team with their scoring and rebounding problems. He also brings a dominating presence inside that the Kings do not have.
Bagley can also be a threat outside the paint as he shot 39.7 percent from the 3-point line as well. The Kings have screwed up plenty of draft picks, this cannot be one of them.
Pick No. 36: Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State
Bates-Diop is projected anywhere from late in the first round to early in the second. If Bates-Diop falls to pick No. 36, the Kings should definitely take advantage.
Last season as a redshirt junior, Bates-Diop averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He also shot 48 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from the 3-point line.
Bates-Diop can also get things done defensively. At 6-foot-7, he can guard almost any opponent. He also averaged 1.6 blocks per game. Like Bagley, he could really help out the Kings with scoring and rebounding.
If Bates-Diop is already selected, other top prospects that could be available include Grayson Allen (Duke) and Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech).
The Kings have been pretty bad for a while now, making it hard to attract top free agents. They are a young team and will need to continue building through the draft.
Sacramento needs to address their offensive struggles. With the No. 2 pick, they have an opportunity to add a future face of the franchise. That man is Marvin Bagley. Hopefully, Bagley and other young prospects like De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Buddy Hield all pan out for the franchise.
The Kings can also add a key role player early in the second round. Keita Bates-Diop could be a great pick if he falls to that far.
That concludes the Sacramento Kings 2018 NBA Draft profile. Be sure to check back tomorrow to read the Atlanta Hawks 2018 NBA Draft profile!
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