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2018 Mock Draft Roundup

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Let’s see what the experts are saying about the Kings

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With the draft order settled we can finally start diving into mock drafts. Landing at the second pick takes away some of the mystery, as it’s widely assumed the Sacramento Kings will select either DeAndre Ayton or Luka Doncic with the choice being dependent on which player the Phoenix Suns select. There’s no consensus first overall pick at this point, but the top two is pretty much agreed upon for now. That said, it’s still fun to take a look around the interwebs and see what analysts are saying.

SB Nation: DeAndre Ayton

Ayton is a physical freak in the vein of Dwight Howard or DeAndre Jordan, yet he comes with a rare skill level for someone with his package of extreme size and athleticism. He’s a good free throw shooter with soft touch around the rim and developing competence from three-point range. The catch here is his defensive production, which left a lot to be desired in college. Someone this big and this fast needs to be better on defense, but he didn’t showcase impressive instincts as a freshman at Arizona.

Sports Illustrated: Luka Doncic

Sacramento was the night’s big winner, landing their highest draft choice since 1989 and leapfrogging to No. 2 with the seventh-best draft odds. They’ll have a chance at whoever the Suns pass on and would be extremely well-off with Doncic, who would pair with De’Aaron Fox to give the Kings two talented young shot-creators. Scouts rave about Doncic’s basketball aptitude, and his playmaking ability and remarkably advanced game for age 19 will enable him to succeed. The biggest knock on him is explosiveness, and given that, he’d actually benefit from being able to play off of Fox. He could be the glue that ties the Kings’ pieces together.

CBS Sports: Luka Doncic

The Kings were the big winners on lottery night -- moving up to second even though they only had the seventh-best lottery odds. Now the prediction is that they’ll select Doncic, the Real Madrid star whom some have described as the best young European prospect in history. He’s a 6-8 shot-creator and shot-maker who seems like a plug-and-play prospect. His ceiling might not be as high as some other’s in this draft. But it’s hard to imagine Doncic not being a capable starter in the NBA for a long time.

Sporting News: DeAndre Ayton

Presumably the front office run by general manager Vlade Divac and assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic will be hoping Doncic falls into their lap here at No. 2, but if not, Ayton seems like he’ll be the pick despite a roster stacked with young big men.

The Arizona center possesses physical traits coaching staffs can’t teach, including immense size and impressive athleticism. His upside as an offensive centerpiece is intriguing. He can shoot it a bit from the outside, dominate switches in the post and should be a dangerous roll threat.

ESPN (Insider): Luka Doncic

Doncic hit a bit of a wall after playing 18 straight months without a break. He still found a way to help Real Madrid qualify for the EuroLeague Final Four, and will attempt to re-establish his candidacy as the potential No. 1 pick in the draft with a strong showing in Belgrade later this week.

The top two seems set at this point, but a lot can change in the coming month. We’ll continue to keep a close eye on predraft workouts and meetings, as well as if any other players like Marvin Bagley can crack the top 2.