• The 2017 NBA Draft continues to inch closer as we now find ourselves less than a week away from the big day. The Kings currently sit in a great spot leading up to the draft and no matter the outcome, Sacramento is primed to add some young talented players to the roster. Lets take a look at who the draft experts are predicting the Kings will select on Thursday and what the future outlook would be if those picks were to come to fruition (all projections have been taken from the latest round of mock drafts on 6.19.17).

    DraftExpress

    5. PG De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky

    10. PF/C Zach Collins – Gonzaga

    34. PF Jordan Bell – Oregon

    The Kings land their top option in De’Aaron Fox at No. 5. As far as the 5th pick goes this is the best case scenario for the Kings and they would be high-fiving anyone in sight if they snagged the Kentucky standout here. Sacramento takes two big men with their 10th and 34th selections which isn’t the worst case scenario. Collins is very skilled in the post and has potential to be a contributor right out of the gate. Both Bell and Collins are elite shot blockers and would be solid additions to the Kings’ frontcourt, however, this would create an unnecessary logjam that could mean someone misses out on playing time.

    NBA.com

    5. SF Jayson Tatum – Duke

    10. PF Lauri Markkanen – Arizona

    34. PF Kyle Kuzma – Utah

    Tatum is said to be one of the most NBA ready player’s in this years draft so grabbing him with the 5th pick would be no disappointment. He has drawn comparisons to Rudy Gay, who Kings fans are quite familiar with, and Tatum would slot right into the hole that Gay has left. Markkanen at No. 10 would give the Kings a sharpshooter from the four spot with the potential to be a long-term starter in the league. Kuzma would be a solid addition talent wise with the 34th pick as he brings an offensive post presence and solid rebounding but his outside shooting is a cause for concern.

    NBAdraft.net

    5. SF Jayson Tatum – Duke

    10. PF/C Zach Collins – Gonzaga

    34. SF Semi Ojeleye – SMU

    Again, landing Tatum here would be solid. In a scenario like this the Kings should ideally be looking for a point guard at No. 10 but if none of the top options are available a player like Collins would be a good get here. If Semi Ojeleye somehow slides to Sacramento at No. 34 it would be a huge win. He fills a position of need and having him and Tatum hold down the three spot moving forward would make a lot of fans happy.

    CBS Sports

    5. SF Jayson Tatum – Duke

    10. PG Dennis Smith – NC State

    34. PF/C Ivan Rabb – Cal

    Another mock draft that predicts Tatum to the Kings here, again, this is not a bad thing at all. If Fox is off the board grabbing Tatum is a no-brainer. At No. 10 we see a different name pop up in Dennis Smith who would certainly fill a gaping hole at point guard. With the 5th and the 10th pick, Sacramento has filled two of their major needs so leaving the draft with these two players alone would be a huge success. California native Ivan Rabb gets snatched up by the Kings at No. 34 and this would give the Kings a project player in the frontcourt who could grow with the likes of Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis.

    Summary

    Three out of the four mock drafts surveyed had Duke’s Jayson Tatum to the Kings at No. 5. In all three scenarios De’Aaron Fox was off the board already so taking Tatum with the 5th pick was the best option available; if it panned out that way on draft night Kings fans should be smiling ear-to-ear. We had three different names featured at the No. 10 spot with Zach Collins being mentioned twice. It will likely depend on what happens with the 5th pick but in this spot Sacramento should really be drafting the best available player regardless.

    Finally, the 34th slot projected four different players which points to how unpredictable the second round is. What can be learnt here is that no matter what there will be a talented player available for the Kings at No. 34 so it’s almost a win-win for them. All in all, this years draft is loaded with talent and the Kings’ picks are situated in positions where they can land multiple top-tier talents.

     

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