Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Sacramento Kings

June 14th, 2024

by Alan Lu

After the Sacramento Kings had a pleasantly surprising year last season, they came crashing back down to Earth, as they still won hand a handful of games and had good seasons with Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox as their star players, but despite winning 46 games in the regular season and posting a winning record, the Kings ultimately ended up missing the playoffs due to the competitive Western Conference.

The Kings still have a solid group of players around Sabonis and Fox, as they have Keegan Murray, Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, and Harrison Barnes, to name a few. Head coach Mike Brown returns, but the Kings will need to continue to add depth, and they will need to get their offense back to be the potent, formidable force it was last year.

The Sacramento Kings may be poised for a solid bounce back season next year.
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As they have the 13th overall pick, they could look to take wing players that could space the floor and defend on the court. On the other hand, if they have a chance to take a high upside prospect on the board, they could consider taking one, especially if that player could significantly help them in the future. Also at 45, there is a slew of talented wing players that could be available for them to select at that spot, and there are also other prospects that would be good value picks at that spot.

So here is what I did for the Sacramento Kings in the ESPN 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1 (ignore pick #48, because San Antonio actually has #48):

A mock draft board for the Sacramento Kings.   First test simulation.  Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Sacramento Kings. First test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2 (ignore pick #48, because San Antonio actually has #48):

A mock draft board for the Sacramento Kings. Second test run. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Sacramento Kings. Second test run. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3 (ignore pick #48, because San Antonio actually has #48):

A mock draft board for the Sacramento Kings. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Sacramento Kings. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Ja’Kobe Walter would be a good fit, as he is an athletic swingman that can shoot and score the basketball and has solid handles, and his offensive skills would complement Fox and Sabonis’ games well. Holland would be a very good value pick, as he is a very athletic, energetic swingman that excels as a shot creator and defender, and he has a vast amount of upside, but will need to continue to improve his jump shot. Tristan Da Silva is a tall, skilled combo forward that would project well into a 3 and D role, and would fit in well to their team system. In addition, there are also other interesting candidates that the Kings could opt to select at 13. At 45, there may be a bevy of solid options to choose from there.

Just another note, the Kings actually do not have the 48th overall pick, as that pick is actually currently owned by San Antonio. For some reason, the ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft Simulator had Sacramento has having that pick in their sim engine when the Spurs actually have the 48th pick in real life.

Other Notes:

Jerry West was one of the best to ever play the game, and was also one of the best executives in the history of the NBA.
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Los Angeles Lakers’ icon, Jerry West passed away two days ago, and he was a Hall of Fame basketball player, icon, head coach, and executive that made important contributions to the game for many decades. He was the inspiration for the NBA’s logo. Rest in peace, Jerry West.

Also, the 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27 this year. It will be interesting to see what will happen on draft night. Thanks for reading.

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