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2016 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings select Malachi Richardson with 22nd pick

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With the 22nd pick, which was acquired today from Charlotte for Marco Belinelli, the Kings select Syracuse's Malachi Richardson.  The Kings took Richardson with Timothé Luwawu and Demetrius Jackson still on the board, both players rated highly on Sactown Royalty's community draft board.

Richardson is a 6'6 wing player who averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals as a Freshman for Syracuse last year.  However he did shoot only 36.9% from the field overall.  DraftExpress notes Richardson's excellent size and scoring instincts, as well as his defensive potential.  From DraftExpress:

Richardson is one of the more hotly debated prospects in this draft among NBA scouts, as opinions range wildly regarding where he should be picked. His supporters point to the difficulties all NBA teams are finding currently in acquiring shot-making wing players with length who can also create their own offense, and think their coaching staff can tone down the freshman's fearless style with their player development system. His detractors are turned off by his extreme inefficiency and poor all-around productivity (14.6 PER), wondering if he's athletic enough to play as selfishly as he often does. They'll also point to the fact that he is older than many of the sophomores expected to be drafted next month, and is only six months younger than one even junior in Damian Jones.

I'd also recommend SB Nation's own scouting report on Richardson, in which he passes the eye test, even if the numbers don't back it up.

The Sacramento Kings still have the 28th and 59th picks in tonight's draft.