The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Sacramento Kings will be evaluated.
Sacramento took a big step forward this season with their young core. They nearly finished with a .500 record at 39-43 in a tough Western Conference and have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. With another year of development from some of their young players, the Kings could break the .500 mark next season.
They ranked ninth in points per game at 114.2. In 3-point shooting, they ranked fourth in the league. The Kings ranked 14th in both rebounds and assists per game, but ranked near the bottom of the league (26th) in points allowed per game.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica, De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Yogi Ferrell, Harry Giles, Caleb Swanigan and Frank Mason are all under contract for next season. Harrison Barnes has a player option for next season. Alec Burks, Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein and Corey Brewer are free agents this offseason.
The Kings have three picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Second Round: Picks No. 40, No. 47, No. 60
Defense- They need both rim protectors and perimeter defenders if they are going to improve the 26th ranked defense in the league.
Forwards- If Harrison Barnes accepts his player option, that would be nice, but even then they would need some depth at the position.
Center- Willie Cauley-Stein is a restricted free agent who will likely be signed back to Sacramento. If he is, the Kings will need to get someone to back him up.
Second Round: Pick No. 40: Isaiah Roby, F, Nebraska
The Kings have to find some stoppers that they can put on the floor to win some more games. Roby is just that, as he is versatile at 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds. His offensive game is limited, but he should be able to guard multiple positions and be a solid role player in the NBA.
Pick No. 47: Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State
McDaniels has a unique game, as he is bigger at 6-foot-9, but still has some guard like skills. He should be able to fit in as a rotational player who can play both the small forward and power forward positions. His 3-point shooting will need to improve a little more to help stretch the floor, but McDaniels should be able to do that.
Pick No. 60: Miye Oni, G, Yale
He may have played in the Ivy League, but Oni has the talent to make it in the pros. He is 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, giving him the size of an NBA guard. He also averaged over 17 points per game last season at Yale, as he can get to the basket and shoot.