At least it was over quickly.
The NBA plugged the draft lottery into a small window during a quadruple header Thursday evening. With the condensed programming, Kings didn’t have to wait long to get the bad news that they would be selecting No. 12 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
It could have been worse for Sacramento. They could have lost a coin flip earlier in the week and ended up drafting No. 13 overall, instead of the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Kings have a few holes to fill, but the biggest weakness might be at the small forward position, if they can’t retain veteran Kent Bazemore. Harrison Barnes currently starts at the three, but he’s played more and more at the four in recent years and a full transition to the power spot makes sense.
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Options like Isaac Okoro out of Auburn and Florida State’s Devin Vassell will likely be off the board as well, but there are still options for the Kings.
There is plenty of time to sort through prospects and there is even a possibility that the league pushes back it’s Oct. 16 NBA Draft date. That would be a good thing for Sacramento as they hold a nationwide search for a new general manager.
If Sacramento was drafting today and purely looking for need, Aaron Nesmith from Vanderbilt or Patrick Williams out of Florida State would be attractive.
Nesmith is an incredible shooter, knocking down 52.2 percent from long range on 8.2 attempts per game before a stress fracture in his foot knocked him out of action. He has an elite NBA skill and could help space the floor for De’Aaron Fox to run.
Williams isn’t the shooter that Nesmith is, but he might be more versatile. A 6-foot-8 combo forward, Williams needs to tighten up his offensive game, but he could step in and instantly help on the defensive end with his length and basketball IQ.
The Kings have plenty of roster decisions to make, which could dramatically change their needs moving forward.
Do they keep both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic? If not, Killian Hayes out of Germany would be an intriguing option as a combo-guard with great court vision.
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If the Kings can’t retain Alex Len and Harry Giles, would a big man like Precious Achiuwa out of Memphis fit in?
Before Sacramento can make a decision on the draft, free agency or trades, they should probably focus on who will have the final say when it comes to the roster.