Jason Jones of The Athletic reports that the Kings had a pair of prospects in town for a visit. Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado and Florida shooting guard Scottie Lewis worked out in front of team officials on Monday.
Alvarado is listed at 6’0, 180 pounds. He averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from the 3-point line. Alvarado’s offensive stats are encouraging, but he shined on the defensive end over his career at Georgia Tech.
After leading the conference in steals for the past two years, Alvarado was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season. He was also named All-ACC during his junior and senior seasons.
Most draft pundits have Alvarado as a second-round pick heading into the draft.
Lewis is another player who is projected to go later in the draft. He’s listed at 6’5, 185 pounds and averaged 7.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 31.8 percent from deep during his sophomore season with Florida.
Here is NBADraftRoom.Com’s scouting report on Lewis:
Dynamic athlete with elite-level upside. Can play above the rim with ease and is lightning quick in the open court. A standout defender and gifted scorer who could be a one and done lottery pick from Florida.
Lewis is a super smooth and explosive athlete who has unbelievable length, coordination and leaping ability. He’s nearly impossible to stop in transition and excels at getting to the cup. In the open court he’s a highlight waiting to happen.
Get’s nice lift on his jumper and shoots it with good technique. His outside shooting is still a work in progress but he shows a good amount of promise to develop into a consistent three-point threat.
Gets after it on D and moves his feet very well. Has quick hands and good anticipation. Transitions from defense to offense in a heartbeat.
Has an extra gear that most athletes don’t have.
Has a lot of improvement left to do – gaining consistency on his jumper, expanding his range and getting better off the dribble.
He lacks polish in the mid-range game and can get caught over-driving instead of pulling up for a floater or mid-range J.
The Kings hold the Nos. 9 and 39 picks in this year’s draft but could look to add some more later selections. Both Alvarado and Lewis will be long-term projects who have some defensive upside.