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Top 15 prospects for the Kings




 

Note: This is Sacramento Kings specific. Only this teams needs have been put into consideration.

  1. John Wall
  2. Evan Turner
  3. Derrick Favors
  4. DeMarcus Cousins
  5. Al-Farouq Amuinu
  6. Wesley Johnson
  7. Ed Davis
  8. Cole Aldrich
  9. Donatas Motiejunas
  10. Greg Monroe
  11. Xavier Henry
  12. Hassan Whiteside
  13. Avery Bradley
  14. Ekpe Udoh
  15. Willie Warren

Projected Lottery Players Who Missed the Cut: Patrick Patterson (no need for another average PF), Daniel Orton (6'9.5" Center with little production, high body fat, no need for another project).

Breakdown:

Tier 1: John Wall

Wall is the hands down #1 player in this draft. He has incredible size and length for his position. Add that to his athleticism and talent, and you have a bigger Derrick Rose.

Tier 2: Evan Turner, Derrick Favors

2 extremely talented players at different points in their careers. Turner came into his own this past season, but may lack the superior athleticism. But his high basketball I.Q. and versatility should make him a great long term player. Him and Reke would make an incredible back court for the next 10+ years. Favors on the other hand is raw. He has a ways to go to become an elite player, but his size (6'10.25", 245), length, athleticism, and motor make him becoming a top big man a strong possibility. Every report on the youngest player in the draft paint him as a hard worker with a great attitude. We would need to trade a PF in order to make room for him, but it would be well worth it in the long run.

Tier 3: DeMarcus Cousins

Higher body fat than almost everyone all time at the combine , low effort level, volatile,  under 6'11", and he could still end up being one of the top (if not the top) player coming out of this draft. The guy was a beast in college against smaller competition, but should hold his own against players in the NBA. He has good length, and very productive. If he can not eat himself out of the league (or do something stupid off the court), he should have a great career. He could end up as Eddy Curry, or he could end up as a more well rounded Al Jefferson. His future depends on what is in between his ears.

Tier 4: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wesley Johnson

These 2 versitle players are separated by a slim margin. Aminu brings a long, athletic build, with good production, and a well rounded game. He is still pretty raw though, and has a way to go. He reminds me of Luol Deng more than Josh Smith, but has more potential than Deng.  Johnson on the other hand is more polished, but should be as he is turning 23 this summer. He is a solid all around player, who can do work on both sides of the court. He could start at sg or sf for the Kings next season, but again would be older than Tyreke, Donte, Hawes, Casspi, etc. The age is not the only reason I put him behind Aminu. I think Wes and Donte Greene are similar players, and Aminu would give more of a different aspect to the team.

Tier 5: Ed Davis, Cole Aldrich, Donatas Motiejunas, Greg Monroe

4 big men all with strengths and weaknesses. Davis has incredible upside with underachieving production. Aldrich is a proven player, but has little to add offensively, and has little upside for a top pick. He will always be a solid rotation player, but lacks the upside needed for a top pick. Motiejunas is a question mark in this draft. Foreign players are going to be taking a hit due to the Rubio dissaster, but Motiejunas could be an incredible player in his career. He is very young, but has very unusual skills as a big man. He most likely would not contribute on the defensive end though. Monroe underachieved greatly in college. How could a top tier player like him not take a team to greater heights? This is where is motor is questioned. His size a talent are undeniable, but he does not give the effort nightly. Size wise, Davis is the smallest in the group, but also the best athlete, while the other 3 should be just shy of 7 foot. All have good length, so no knocks on the size of any of them. This group could either jump up the rankings as players, or be just serviceable big men.

Tier 6: Xavier Henry, Hassan Whiteside

Henry has the body of a prototype SG, with low body fat and a great wingspan. His freshman production was not what it needed to be, but he could end up being a solid SG in the NBA and a great runningmate with Tyreke. Whiteside has great size and length, but is way too skinny for his own good. His defensive production was insane, and he could end up being a top tier shot blocker at the next level if he can put meat on his bones.

Tier 7: Avery Bradley, Ekpe Udoh, Willie Warren

 Avery Bradley never produced offensively as a freshman, but defensively is in the top tier. He would be a solid running mate with Reke,  and offensively should come around. So far his workouts have been very positive, and he could become a solid pro. Udoh is ranked higher on most peoples boards than mine, but at 22 years old (now 23), his college production was not what it needed to be. He averaged a good amount of blocks and rebounds a game, but little scoring. He will never be a complete player, and will end up being a defensive specialist (which has shown to be obtainable late in the draft). Warren is a strange story. He went from a lottery lock, to a player trying to hold onto a first round selection. He went from a stellar freshman year to an underachieving sophmore slump (but still managed better stats his sophmore year). The team was way worse his soph year, and he should not shoulder the blame for this. At nearly  6'4", and combo gaurd skills, he could be a good weapon beside Tyreke.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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