A Sacramento Kings Fan Forum
Top 10 Big Board?
The Kings will likely pick in the top 10 this year, so let's sort out the big board:
1. Cade - No explanation needed.
2. Suggs - The Carmelo Anthony to Cade's LeBron James. Checks all the boxes and has no downsides to his game, only parts that need refinement.
3. Mobley - Highest potential in the draft except maybe Cade. Can't teach his size, length, and coordination.
4. Green - 18 ppg as an 18 year old kid playing against G-Leaguers is no joke. Will be a No. 1 scoring option for years.
5. Barnes - First surprise! Barnes size, length and athleticism will make him a DPOY candidate one day and his passing is enough to make up for his deficiencies on the offensive side. Will be a great 4/small ball 5 with shooters around him ala Draymond or Simmons.
6. Bouknight - A walking bucket. Rivals Green in potential as an offensive-minded wing. Potential as a No. 1 scoring option for years.
7. Kuminga - Slight fall for Kuminga outside the Top 5. His frame, athleticism, and motor make him an incredible player to project all your hopes and dreams on, but he needs development. I could see him as Harrison Barnes 2.0 one day, but he needs coaching (and he's not getting it in Sac).
8. Mitchell - A winner. Going to be a starting-level PG for years. Doesn't fit the Kings needs, but his toughness and ability on both sides of the floor make him a sure-thing two-way player.
9. Wagner - Now we're picking players who need to have their relative strengths/weaknesses weighed. Wagner is a long, athletic defender who can stay in front of nearly anybody. I trust his ability to be a productive player for a long-time for his 3&D potential alone, and anything beyond that is a bonus.
10. Jones - This is throwing darts at a board. I could make an argument for a dozen different players here. Ultimately, Jones has length, athleticism, and motor you can't teach. He's a major project, but at the end of it you could have another All-NBA level defender at the stretch 5 position.
Honorable mentions - 11. Josh Giddey, 12. Roko Prkacin, 13. Moses Moody, 14. Jalen Johnson, 15. Corey Kispert, 16. Keon Johnson
What does your board look like?
1) Cade Cunningham
2) Evan Mobley
3) Jalen Green
4) Jalen Suggs
5) Jonathan Kuminga
6) Scottie Barnes
7) Jalen Johnson
8) Alperin Sengun
9) Josh Giddey
10) Moses Moody
11) Franz Wagner
12) Keon Johnson
13) James Boughknight
14) Davion Mitchell
15) Corey Kispert
Reasons for differences:
1) I'd have no issue with Scottie Barnes going before Kuminga, but I think that Green overshadowing Kuminga made people forget the raw ability Kuminga has. If Barnes becomes a star, if feels like he'll been a Draymond Green-style one; Kuminga still has the potential to be a traditional All-Star.
2) Jalen Johnson was understandably pilloried for his decision to leave Duke early, but damn he has talent. John Hollinger pointed out that Johnson put up video game numbers per-36 when he played; he's tremendous defensive, inside scoring and passing ability, with signs that he could develop a steady shot. Small sample size sure, but Johnson undoubtedly has the ability to make a bunch of GMs live in regret for passing over him.
3) As for Sengun and Giddey, I have a soft spot for guy who perform at a high level in high-level foreign leagues. Plus, both are highly skilled, talented, and productive players who are overlooked because they don't possess insane athleticism or measurements. That feels like a mistake, and has often been before.
Sengun's got loads of talent, no doubt. I just think he's an endangered species in the modern NBA and would rather take a dynamic forward/wing rather than a traditional big man (albeit a good one). If we traded back and he was around past #20 that's an easy pickup.
I felt the same way about Jalen J originally, but when I looked back at his tape I ultimately backed off of him for on-court reasons. He seems to be a bit of tweener - not quick enough to guard wings/shiftier forwards, not big enough to handle bigger forwards/centers. He also doesn't seem to have a high defensive IQ. As for his offensive skillset, I like his passing and transition ability, but am uncertain that either of these skills are at the level they'd need to be for him to be an effective point forward. Maybe he gets his head right, maybe he develops properly. If it happens, he'll be an All-Star. It's just too many maybes for me (especially for a team like the Kings who don't have the most stellar record of developing players, temperamental or otherwise). That said, I'd understand the homerun swing at #9, but I just feel it's more likely than not to be a BIG whiff.
It's interesting to see how much disagreement there is past the first few guys. We may end up with another Haliburton situation at 9 with a Barnes or Kuminga, you never know!
Cade, Mobley, Green, then Suggs, Kuminga and Barnes. Last 2 are about even.
at 7- K. Johnson because best athlete, Moody- good size and versatile, Bouknight- can score but may be undersized and not sure of defense, Mitchell- tough nosed and improving shooter but small, Wagner- low ceiling/low floor, J. Johnson- high ceiling/low floor, Sengun, Giddey, Kispert and Jones.
For Kings- Moody, Sengun, Wagner and J. Johnson if gets a complete look over. Don't need Mitchell, Bouknight is a scorer but undersized, Giddey too many current flaws
Got some free time so here's my 60 player big board: