Before we begin our coverage of the 2020-21 Sacramento Kings season, we had to sneak in a quick preview of the 2021 draft class. After all, a high pick might be the best possible result of the season anyway.
And can you really blame us? This draft class is mouthwatering. There are at least five prospects that would change the trajectory of the Kings franchise completely.
Cade Cunningham is obviously the prize, but USC big man Evan Mobley also has franchise player potential. He's a center that can defend the rim, defend in space, and defend on the perimeter. On offense he has the standard big man skill set plus a blossoming three-point shot.
Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, and BJ Boston look like elite scorers. Each would be a spectacular fit next to De'Aaron Fox, and could eventually bring a top ten offense back to Sacramento for the first time since 2004-05.
The Kings have needed a big wing forever, and there are a handful of high level options that could go in the lottery. Jonathan Kuminga and Ziaire Williams are extremely well rounded and will fight for a top five selection. Jalen Johnson, Scottie Barnes and Terrance Clarke could also end up in the top ten.
Eight of our 12 favorite players are either 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8. Can they play small forward? Hell yes they can.
Check out the episode for our first impressions of the top of the 2021 draft class and let us know in the comments if you have any early favorites.
Lol. At least wait until the season starts off slow to bust out the draft content!
No time! Lottery and draft are only a few months away!
Yeah, Haliburton’s will hasn’t even been crushed yet!
But seriously, this is a fun college prospect season to follow. Normally, I’m very pro-prospects going that G-League/Euro route, but this season it’s a shame we won’t be able to see more of guys like Green, Nix and Kuminga.
College basketball just started! lol
You’re lucky that we’re not already looking at the ’22 draft.
As is tradition
College season has started, coulda had a podcast a couple weeks ago ð
It was helpful to get to see some of them play their first few games at the college level.
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I’m officially in diet mode! I got up to 180, and that’s the official start weight for my annual diet. I have to switch to cereal/salad/nuts/cheese/apples/beans now til around April.
180? Holy shit. I ain’t weighed 180 since I was probably a sophomore in HS. And I was skinny then.
Jeesh. 180. Now I’m straight up jealous.
I’m only 5’9 1/2 though. I figure if I always start a diet at 180, then quit dieting at ~165, then I basically can eat/drink whatever I want 6 months out of the year.
You’re so lazy. It would be so much easier to grow 3 inches so you can pack on more pounds.
I don’t know what we’re going to do with you Fake Bratz.
That will change, ROR. Think I’ve mentioned this before, but here’s how it went for me:
20’s – could eat or drink whatever I wanted, work out a lot or not, and still stayed pretty lean
30’s – had to do either in moderation, but didn’t need to do both
40’s – had to either eat extremely healthy or work out a ton to stay at weight
50’s – have to do both consistently just to stay under two bills
There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and your metabolism betraying you.
We’re almost the same height and I kinda got scared when I weighed 182 last April. Now I’m down to 172! You can do it!
My high school playing weight for freshman year football (and basketball, I suppose) was about 185. At that’s the last I’ve seen of a 1 it that hundreds place.
Yeah I creeped over 200 lbs when I was 18 and been well over since.
Ugh, I’ve definitely added some COVID weight. Worked out at home a ton and ate well when we went into quarantine in March, so I was right around the 190 mark in May. If I get under that, I feel like I’m losing my “old man strength”. So it was great, and then ran out of steam.
The other day? Weighed in at 210.
“I do got a weight problem. I can’t ‘weight” to eat.” – Robin Harris
Bebe’s kids don’t die! They multiply!
Yeah, I’ve been working out okay, but my diet has gone completely to shit during COVID.
I started out good this morning, had a big bowl of cottage cheese – and then three of these:
Sadly, history indicates at least half will under achieve ! Lebron is not walking thru that door !
So, you’re saying that a once-in-a-generation player is unlikely to be available in this draft?
I’m more concerned with who we might pick up with Atlanta’s 22 first round pick via OKC? Wait nvm
Kings are getting the 13th pick, aren’t they.
There are good players there too! Not that rankings mean anything at this point, but there are guys that aren’t even getting 1st round (or any round) buzz that would have made my 2020 top 10. Heck, adding to the value of a top pick this year, is that it would mean a high 2nd rounder as well. And there is going to be good talent there as well. For example, if we could pick up someone like Kessler Edwards in the second round, that would be huge.
Who names a kid “Kessler?”
I don’t know, but I’ve got questions for BJ Boston’s parents.
It’s like naming your kid Mickey because it’s what you were drinking when the kid was conceived.
I really hope that when Kaminsky was introduced to the team, they said, “Frank? The tank.”
Really interested to see how both Green and Kuminga would fair playing in the G league. too bad it might take a while for them to be able to play. Kuminga is my current #2 on my big board. Yup that early and I already have my big board up and ready!
I mentioned Mobley a week or so ago. I’ll stick with him. We hopefully have our backcourt and PF for the future. I prioritize a C over a SF for the next building block.
If Woodard can show he is a legit 3 and D in the NBA and Bagley can stay healthy and continues to improve and we draft Mobley? Man that would be a nice core to move forward. Fox, Haliburton, Woodard, Bagley and Mobley as the starting 5 would be really nice.
I like Mobley a lot, but A) I don’t think there’s anyone on the current roster that should be part of the consideration of who to draft. Certainly nobody not named Fox. B) You can never have enough wing initiator types. And the Kings have none. And the top of this draft is full of them. Obviously, Mobley is a great talent and he’d be great to have on the roster, but he’d be behind the wings like Cunningham, Johnson, Kuminga and Barnes for me. Oh, and if it hasn’t been well established yet, I’m all about passing and playmaking.
I remain cautiously pessimistic that the Kings earn a top 5 draft pick and manage to grab the worst player.
Did my first draft sim of the season and Sacramento jumped 5 spots to land Cade, Orlando jumped 7 spots to take Suggs at second overall. Did tankathon hear me listening to the Kings Pulse draft podcast just now? ð
Kuminga is a pretty damned good consolation prize.
I got the Kings jumping to 3 and taking Green. Who is obviously a fantastic talent, but might be my last choice out of the top 7 there (Cunningham, Suggs, Green, Mobley, Barnes, Jalen Johnson, Kuminga.)
That’s how much better this draft is. A guy that would have easily been #1 in 2020 is coming in around 7 for me at the moment.
So what you’re saying is that this would be a good year to pick high?
It’s a great year to pick high. And a good year to pick anywhere. And a great year to have multiple 1sts. Next year will be a great year for multiple 1sts as well.
What do you think about some of the guys expected to go later in the first like Terrence Clarke and James Bouknight?
There are a number of guys I like there. I’ve talked about guys like James Preston and Kessler Edwards a lot. But yeah, there’s a whole tier of 6’5-6’7 guys in there that have good upside like those guys Christopher, Johnson (Louisville version), Moody, Henry, Giddey, Begerin, King, etc.
I think they make a really strong post-lottery tier.
You took that comment way too seriously.
Yeah, honestly, I tend to not take things seriously enough. So I over compensate by giving sincere answers even if that’s not what people are looking for.
Kuminga is my current #2 on my very very very early draft board behind Cade. Excited to see him play really soon whenever the G-league starts. Obviously a lot can change right now since this upcoming draft is really stacked. But man if we can can actually get Kuminga next year. I’ll be ecstatic!
Yeah, I can get behind that. At the moment, I might have Suggs in the #2 slot, but I wouldn’t argue with any of Green, Kuminga, Johnson, Mobley. And that isn’t even talking about guys like Boston, Williams, the other Johnson, Garuba, etc.
BHE, watch the last 5 minutes of the Fla St, Indiana game plus overtime. I think Scottie Barnes’ foot speed and athleticism is sort of like Dedric Lawson (now playing in Korea) or post-injury Jabari Parker. Really slow-footed. In those 10 minutes, one TO, another TO with 5 seconds left that the ref got wrong, plus his passes deflected twice, and got swatted after trying lower his shoulder into someone like Saddiq Bey. The highlights will show his 5 points in overtime, but watching those 10 minutes tells another story … like 2nd round.
Did my comment get deleted!?!?
No, it’s just that your eyes are closed.
Why the need to be a douche?
How come it got deleted, I highly doubt it broke any rules and I thought it was kind of funny/cool to post that I own G1C in some weird little virtual world.
The 2021 Draft be like:
Can they play SF?
Is it possible to make it into the playoffs as a 10th seed and still win the lottery? That would he the best. Get cade Cunningham and also making it into the postseason.
I mentioned in the other thread, I think lottery slots are determined after the play-in games. So, then, no. But I could be wrong.
That would make more sense and be more fair actually.
yeah, you just need to make the playoffs and then acquire a lottery pick via trade
I’m not on the tank wagon. I don’t think this draft holds a candle to 2018, when we had the #2 pick, and that has hardly vaulted the Kings into contention. I see this draft as one with a lot of players with unproven upside with very few high floor guys. Not much different than any other draft.
I mean, the 2018 draft could have vaulted us into contention if we had made the right pick. Cunningham isn’t quite the prospect Doncic was because he doesn’t have the pedigree, but he’s really close. I’d say the rest of the top tier is better overall than 2018. Green is every bit the prospect Ayton was. Then 2020 has deeper tiers after that (Trae Young, JJJ vs. Mobley, Kuminga, Johnson, Suggs, Barnes). There are Mikel Bridges (#12 in 2018 and is looking like a good pick there) level prospects that are likely to end up at the end of the 1st or even fall into the 2nd in 2020.
People are going to read this comment and go: ‘He means the 2021 draft, right?’
Well you certainly can’t mean the 2020 draft……
Crap. Yes, 2021.
It’s early but I have a tiny bit more faith in the person who should be making the pick this time around. It can’t be overstated how important it is to simply have a competent group of people running the draft. This year it sure felt like we had a competent group of people running the draft.
never too early. You could update it mid-season and have plenty of listeners. But please, no tanking.
First time I heard of any of these guys…
Cade Cunningham plays like Kyrie Irving. The “prize” is Kyrie Irving? Obviously the guy is an incredible talent but I have no use for him on the Kings. No use. Fox is equivalent talent, a lot of stronger, a lot more seasoned and 22.
Evan Mobley is a twig. He’s two years away from being one year away. We are going to “tank” for a twig??? Woodward would break him in two and then use him as dental floss.
I will say this about Mobley this. If he can pattern his game after Kevin Durant, then he can be something. He has same narrow lean build as KD, so it is probably inadvisable for him to bulk up too much.
I disagree with the assessment above, the kid should try to be a combo forward. His advantage is his mobility and coordination for being so long, not banging in the paint.
Jalen Green – yes please – hes got the young Vince Carter vibe to his game – he may worth tanking for lol .
Jalen Suggs – I don’t see it – he’s ok average athlete
BJ Boston – a high schooler already shooting step back 3s lol — yeah I could see this kid next to Fox
Jonathan Kuminga – this is the type of player we need, a frontline player who can create make plays off the dribble. Just off initial impression, I like him better than Mobley
A 6’7 Kyrie is a legit all-star, I think your underrated Kyrie a little, but his personality makes him kind of annoying so I understand not valuing him as much.
I agree Kuminga is a great fit, but I would personally choose other players over him.
The order I would place on these guys is:
1st tier-Cunningham, Green, Kuminga, Suggs, Mobley.
2nd- Zaire Williams, Boston, Jalen Johnson, Scottie Barnes.
Cunningham isn’t really at all like Kyrie. But yeah, a 6’7/7’0 Irving that’s healthy engaged on both ends like Cunningham is a perennial MVP candidate. He’s also a lot stronger than Fox and, of course, there’s no reason they couldn’t play together.
And the idea that Suggs is an average athlete is, well, I’ll just say that doesn’t jibe with any other assessments or what I’ve seen of him.
Overall, I agree with Chent’s tiers, with Cunningham in a slightly higher tier on his own.