Editor’s Note: Welcome to our 2020 Kings Season Preview series, where we’ll be looking ahead to what this season will bring for every member of this Sacramento roster and pondering both best and worst-case scenarios. Today, let’s continue with Jahmi’us Ramsey.
How did he get here?
The Kings selected Jahmi’us Ramsey with the No. 43 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Ramsey built up his draft stock in just one year at Texas Tech by showing he has the potential to be a big time shot-maker. In 27 appearances for the Red Raiders, Ramsey averaged 15.0 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from behind the arc. He also had active hands on the defensive end, averaging 1.3 steals per game.
Ramsey was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Year and made the All-Big 12 Second Team with his new Kings teammate Tyrese Haliburton. Ramsey turned 19 years old in June.
What is his best-case scenario for 2020-21?
Ramsey spends the first half of the season in the G League and gets called up when playing time opens up in the back court. Even with Bogdan Bogdanovic’s messy departure from the Kings, playing time at both guard spots is going to be scarce. However, that could change if Buddy Hield and/or Cory Jospeh get offloaded before the trade deadline.
It’s unlikely that Ramsey would come in and be as good as the players he’d essentially be replacing, but he’s young enough to where the Kings would be smart to try to integrate him with their core of De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Robert Woodard II and Haliburton. Plus, in a best-case scenario, he’d show that he’s ready to contribute at the NBA level.
What is his worst-case scenario?
- Ramsey hardly gets any reps at the NBA level because of how much he struggles in the G League. The shooting ability that he showed in his lone season with Texas Tech is nowhere to be found, and his struggles as a scorer from inside the paint follow him to the NBA. He also doesn’t improve as a free-throw shooter after he shot 64.1 percent from the charity stripe in college. Defensively, he lacks discipline and chases highlight blocks and steals.
- Ramsey shows loads of potential in the G League, but Luke Walton is content with a guard rotation of Fox, Hield, Haliburton and Joseph. Ramsey doesn’t play a meaningful minute of NBA basketball in his rookie season.
The worst-case scenario wouldn’t be uncharacteristic for a player as young as him — that’s especially true when you consider where he was picked in the draft — but the Kings will be hoping for the best-case scenario, even if it doesn’t involve a trade.