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2015 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings select Willie Cauley-Stein

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the 6th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings have selected Willie Cauley-Stein from the University of Kentucky.

Cauley-Stein has long been considered one of the favorite options for the Sacramento Kings in the draft.  He rates as one of the better defenders available and should pair well in the frontcourt with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.  Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points (57.2% from field), 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.7 blocks in 25.9 minutes a game while playing for perhaps the highest profile college team last year.  Cauley-Stein helmed a Kentucky defense that ranked 2nd in the country.

Cauley-Stein is the first center the Kings have picked in the draft lottery since drafting DeMarcus Cousins back in 2010.  Cauley-Stein's defensive potential is such that he should be able to guard any frontcourt position, almost rendering him a "positionless" basketball player on that end of the floor.  Cauley-Stein's also an excellent offensive rebounder and shotblocker.  The biggest question marks for him revolve around his offensive game as well as possible health issues with his ankle and sickle-cell trait.

In Cauley-Stein, the Kings might have finally gotten the rim-protecting defensive anchor they've been searching forWelcome to Sacramento, Trill!