With the 40th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Mississippi State forward Robert Woodard, a 6’7″ swingman with highlight hops and an excellent defensive motor. Woodard averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks per contest for the Bulldogs in 31 games this season.
Woodard made a huge jump in shooting success this season, nailing 42% of his three point attempts and finishing in the 69th percentile for catch-and-shoot shots. If his shot continues to develop, he provides clear value as a 3-and-D wing, although he lacks the handle and decision making to be more than a role player offensively. On defense, Woodard is a high-effort player who has the quickness, fluidity, and length to be a disruptive impact defender.
Woodard was the 30th ranked player on my Big Board, so I’m clearly a big fan of this selection. And most importantly – YES, HE CAN PLAY SMALL FORWARD!
[Editor’s note: I am quite sad his name is not Bob Woodward. -Greg]