The Sacramento Kings walked away from the 2020 NBA Draft as big winners. The Kings added Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Mississippi State’s Robert Woodard, and Texas Tech’s Jahmi’us Ramsey.
Haliburton is a 6’5″, 175 lb combo guard who shot over 40% from three each of his two seasons at Iowa State. In 22 games last season he also averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. Haliburton is a versatile guard who can score, pass, and defend, and should be an excellent complement to De’Aaron Fox in the Kings backcourt.
Robert Woodard is a 6’7″ wing who averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks for Mississippi state last season. He also shot over 40% from three. Woodard projects as a three-and-D type player in the NBA. Stop me if you’re picking up on a trend, but he’s another versatile player who does a little bit of everything on both sides of the ball.
Jahmi’us Ramsey is a 6’4″ wing/guard who is a shooting specialist. He (again, stop me if you’re picking up on a theme) shot over 42% from 3 last season on over 5 attempts per game.
Woodard was taken with the 40th pick after the Kings traded down from the 35th pick, acquiring an unspecified future second-rounder in the process.
Grizzlies sending No. 40 and a future second to Sacramento for 35.
— Chris Herrington (@ChrisHerrington) November 19, 2020
The Kings also owned the 52nd pick in the draft, but that pick was reported as being made by the Houston Rockets. No word yet on what the Kings got in return, but the best bet is a future second round pick.
Overall the Kings had a very successful night in the draft, adding three players who provide three point shooting and versatility. Kings fans know that even the best on-paper draft picks can fail, so we will wait to see these picks prove themselves, but Kings fans should feel confident that this was a good night for Monte McNair and his staff.