This is the third of a five part series in which I analyze the 2015 NBA Draft by position. As a source I used DraftExpress's mock draft and for statistics I used both DraftExpress and Sports-Reference. All statistics used are for the prior college basketball season. Because of the lack of advanced statistic information and difference in playstyle for international leagues, I have only included NCAA players in this analysis. For information such as player position, school, height, etc. please click on the player's name and it will take you to their DraftExpress page with all that information.
For the longest time, Kings fans waited for someone, anyone to come in and fill the gaping void that was Sacramento's SF position. Now the Kings have a veritable star in Rudy Gay manning the position. However, with George Karl playing Rudy at the 4, the Kings could still use more wing depth, and it's also good to keep in mind that Rudy can be an unrestricted free agent in a couple years.
With that being said, there definitely are prospects available that could help the Kings both right away and in the long run.
|Justise Winslow||Fr.||29.1||12.6||.486||.418 (46/110)||.641||6.5||2.1||1.3||0.9||1.8||2.8|
|Stanley Johnson||Fr.||28.4||13.8||.446||.371 (43/116)||.742||6.5||1.7||1.5||0.4||2.2||2.6|
|Rondae Hollis-Jefferson||So.||28.7||11.2||.502||.207 (6/29)||.707||6.8||1.6||1.2||0.8||1.6||2.5|
|Sam Dekker||Jr.||31.0||13.9||.525||.331 (50/151)||.708||5.5||1.2||0.5||0.5||0.9||1.1|
|Kelly Oubre||Fr.||21.0||9.3||.444||.358 (34/95)||.718||5.0||0.8||1.1||0.4||1.2||2.0|
|Justin Anderson||Jr.||27.8||12.2||.466||.452 (47/104)||.780||4.0||1.7||0.7||0.5||1.2||1.2|
|Anthony Brown||Sr.||35.7||14.8||.431||.441 (79/179)||.795||6.9||2.5||0.8||0.2||1.9||2.1|
|Julian Washburn||Sr.||33.8||10.3||.415||.381 (40/105)||.719||4.1||2.6||0.9||0.6||1.3||1.9|
|Darrun Hilliard||Sr.||28.8||14.3||.440||.387 (79/204)||.796||3.1||2.1||1.8||0.3||1.2||2.2|
|Sam Thompson||Sr.||32.5||10.2||.466||.262 (22/84)||.688||3.9||1.8||1.3||0.9||1.3||2.0|
Justise Winslow and Stanley Johnson are two of the most coveted wings in the entire draft and it speaks to the trend of today's NBA to have a lockdown perimeter defender who can also provide efficient offense on the other end. In some regards, Winslow and Johnson are both similar players; Both have a lot of promise on the defensive end, both have proven to be semi-reliable spot-up shooters from distance, and both are excellent rebounders at their position while also being able to make the occassional pass. Winslow was more efficient, living either at the rim or off of spot-up threes after the defense keyed in on Jahlil Okafor. Johnson didn't have the same low post presence to benefit from but he's the superior ball handler and shot creator, something that Winslow struggled with last season.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was Johnson's frontcourt mate at Arizona and showed off similar skills, although he lived much closer to the basket as Arizona's de facto Power Forward. Hollis-Jefferson possesses the same defensive potential and skills that make Winslow and Johnson so coveted, but what puts him lower on most draft prognosticators' lists is the fact that he doesn't have much range and is an inconsistent shooter. Hollis-Jefferson's high free throw rate speaks to the fact that he spends a lot of time near the rim and attacking the basket, but he'll have to learn to become a more consistent outside shooter if he hopes to become more than a roleplayer in the NBA.
Sam Dekker is a very gifted scorer, particularly from inside the three point line where he made an excellent 63.9% of his two-point attempts. It's Dekker's outside shooting that's preventing him from being higher on this list as he's very streaky. Dekker's also not as good of a rebounder as some of his peers and doesn't possess much of a passing instinct, as you can see by his low assist and turnover rates (that usually means a player is simply looking to score when they get the ball). He is an active defender however and brings toughness and effort to that side of the floor. If Dekker can ever get his three point shooting to a respectable level, he can be a serious two-way threat.
Kelly Oubre possesses some outstanding physical gifts and also has the potential to be a two-way menace. However he was one of the more inefficient players at his position. Defensively is where Oubre has a lot of potential, with a high steal rate and low defensive rating.
Virginia's Justin Anderson is one of the better shooters in the entire draft, nailing 45.2% of his threes this past season. It remains to be seen if that's a fluke or a real improvement, as Anderson hovered around 30% his first two seasons. Anderson's also a willing passer and able defender who can be a valuable 3-and-D roleplayer in the NBA.
Coming Tomorrow: Shooting Guards