Now that the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery is over and done with, Kings fans and management can now focus their attention on the 6th pick. While the Kings will likely miss out on the biggest names, there still should be quality talent available at the position. Let's see what the mock drafts have to say today:
Chad Ford's Mock Draft 5.0 (Insider): Willie Cauley-Stein
The Kings need a rim protector in the worst way (and defensive help, overall). Cauley-Stein has a chance to be both the best overall defender and rim protector in the draft. If the Kings can get over the fact that they'll be adding yet another unusual personality to the mix, Cauley-Stein is an excellent fit next to DeMarcus Cousins. Justise Winslow, Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner are also possibilities if they are on the board at this point.
DraftExpress: Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein is the most versatile defender in this draft class, and should have no problem playing alongside the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, giving their head coach George Karl plenty of lineup flexibility. The Kings sported a middle of the road offense and the fourth worst defense in the NBA last year, and having the luxury of a frontcourt piece like Cauley-Stein who can defend seemingly any position on the floor would go a long way.
SBNation: Willie Cauley-Stein
The Kings are under pressure to hit it big with this draft pick before they open their new stadium in 2016 and, keep the win-starved hungry DeMarcus Cousins happy. Cousins wants to play more power forward, and there no better big to pair him with than Cauley-Stein, who could be a transcendent defensive player.
Sports Illustrated: Frank Kaminsky
Too high for Kaminsky? First you have to identify what his major flaws are. Kaminsky is a smooth shooting big who can score off the dribble and from beyond the three-point line. The Kings have a gaping hole at power forward, and Kaminsky could complement DeMarcus Cousins nicely. There are issues defensively, but few better scoring options for George Karl's offense.
Vecenie: Cauley-Stein is a perfect fit for what the Kings want to do, and an added benefit is that he fits well next to DeMarcus Cousins. But let's start with his schematic fit. In George Karl's offense, the Kings will want to get out and run, and there are few big men who do that better than Cauley-Stein. On defense, he may be the best perimeter-defending big man that has entered the NBA draft, as he's probably going to be athletic enough to guard anyone 3-5 on the next level. That makes him incredibly valuable next to Cousins, who is a good post defender generally but struggles to move his feet on the perimeter. This one seems like a solid marriage of fit and skill.
Parrish: The Kings are terrible at a lot of things but especially terrible defensively. So they'd be wise to select the best defender in this draft and stick him beside DeMarcus Cousins to create what could end up being the favorite NBA team of thousands and thousands of Kentucky fans.
Harper: It may look a little weird with DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein playing alongside each other, but it saves Cousins from anchoring a defense and it allows him to be even more destructive on offense.
NBA.com: Willie Cauley-Stein
He is an ideal fit next to DeMarcus Cousins as a big who will win games without needing shots. Questions about his passion for the game will not go away, to the point that WCS himself is mentioning the criticism without being asked, but the special level of defense and athleticism could also push him into the top five. "I actually think that Cauley-Stein is a little underrated," one executive said. "I think people have focused so much on his lack of offensive skill that they're not looking at just how good a defender he is." He will head into the draft with preparation unmatched from the college game: three seasons of experience in pressure situations, three seasons against top competition and, best of all, three seasons of Kentucky practices filled with future NBA players.
Bleacher Report: Willie Cauley-Stein
DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings would love to land a springy big man like Willie Cauley-Stein to give the squad some defensive flexibility.
Kentucky's spring-loaded 7-footer is equipped to change the complexion of Sactown's stoppage. With a strong yet rangy frame and elite athleticism, he tracks down attackers and puts an electric fence around the rim.
He has a unique knack for stifling players of all shapes, sizes and styles. It's what makes scouts crave him, and it's also why executives like Larry Bird have called him a $100 million player.
In addition to his defensive gifts and awareness, Cauley-Stein will make opponents work on the other end. He's an uncontainable acrobat in the open floor, and his off-ball activity and offensive rebounding will keep foes busy.
Rotoworld: Emmanuel Mudiay
The Kings have looked for shooting in the lottery the last two years, and while Ben McLemore showed improvement last year, Nik Stauskas struggled. With the focus of the team on DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings should look to shore up the point guard position.Darren Collison is coming back from core muscle surgery, but Mudiay, a physical guard who likes to attack the basket, will give the Kings some long-term hopes for the position.
HoopsHype: Justise Winslow
Winslow is one of the top athletes in this year's draft with an NBA body at 19 years of age plus great explosiveness and speed. He experienced ups and downs like most freshmen, but his level of consistency and skill level proved even better than advertised. He's got a solid shooting touch, granted his shot still needs work. He's got elite level defensive ability and a great NBA body. He's incredibly fast off the dribble and has really impressed with his ability to finish plays while operating at a high rate of speed in the open floor. Where the question marks still arise are his consistency and assertiveness. While he's probably a risky pick, due to having an unrefined skill set, he has upside that few can match.