The Sacramento Kings had easily one of the best and most complete drafts on the night of June 22nd, 2017. They showed the ability to make smart selections, and even trades that were in their favor. Let’s take a look and grade each move the Kings did on draft night.
Drafting Point Guard De’Aaron Fox at #5
There was no way Sacramento could possibly screw this up. Fox was easily the best player remaining on the board, and one the Kings had long coveted. He could’ve went as high as top-3, and was an absolute no-brainer for the Kings to take at #5. Sacramento could’ve just landed their franchise point guard with this selection.
Trading Pick #10 for Picks #15 and #20
Sacramento traded their 10th overall pick to the Portland TrailBlazers for the 15th and 20th overall picks. At this point, the best players on the board were Malik Monk and Zach Collins, two players who would’ve fit horribly on the Kings, so it was smart to move the pick. The Kings also need as much help as they can get, so acquiring two more first-rounder’s in a deep draft is extremely valuable.
Drafting Justin Jackson at #15
With their newly acquired 15th pick, the Kings decided to take UNC Tarheel Justin Jackson. Jackson seems like a surefire role-player in the league, and brings a winning attitude to the Kings. He is perfect for the change of culture, but also doesn’t have a lot of upside, making this more of a safe pick.
Drafting Harry Giles at #20
The Kings decided to swing for the fences with the 20th pick, and rightfully so. Sacramento already selected two players, so taking a risk on Giles is well worth it, since you can afford missing here. Still, Giles is a ridiculous talent that was hindered with injuries, but if he recovers, can end up being the steal of the draft.
Drafting Frank Mason at #34
Mason was the best player in college basketball last year, but due to his height and age concerns, many teams decided to pass on him. The Kings worked out Mason twice, and he really impressed them, and decided to take him early in the second round. Mason, like Giles, could easily end up being considered one of the steals of the draft. He is a great talent, and is definitely worth taking a chance on.
Grades don’t mean much after drafts considering we still don’t know how these players will do on an NBA court, but so far, Sacramento looks like they’ve had a great draft. Vlade Divac did a great job getting great attitude and high character guys to help build the culture of the new Sacramento Kings.