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2020 Kings Herald Draft Board: Pick No. 11

Devin Vassell is off the board. Who will go next?

With 36.8% of the vote, Devin Vassell is off the board.  He joins Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, Deni Avdija, Killian Hayes, Tyrese Haliburton, LaMelo Ball, Isaac Okoro, Onyeka Okongwu and Obi Toppin.

When a choice comes up, pick who you'd want the Kings to pick given all the players remaining.  Note: THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT. This is a draft board, a ranked list of prospects you'd like to see the Kings pick. In other words, if we were the Kings front office, when our pick came up, we'd take the top name left on our board. So pick your choice, not who you think Monte McNair or anyone else would choose in a slot.

Explain your choice in the comments, and lobby for who should be added to the next pick's choices.

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eddie41
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November 13, 2020 9:00 am

Those are the top 10 guys on most draft boards, although the order varies. There’s a chance one of them falls to 12.

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November 13, 2020 9:41 am

It’s a toss up for me between Nesmith and Poku at this point. That being said, I give Nesmith the slight edge because I seen him slotting in nicely next to Fox, especially if Buddy and Bogi are gone. He is a legit SG in the mold of Klay Thompson. Just let him catch and shoot with as little dribbling as possible.

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November 13, 2020 9:51 am

Went with P-Will. I’m thinking he may have the most upside, which has a decent likelihood of happening. Poku is obviously someone who could be a real gem, but it’ll require a lot of needle-threading.

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November 13, 2020 9:52 am

Off topic, but I had my last day in my 20s yesterday….today I have officially crossed into “30 year old” land. Never thought my 30th birthday would be a day where we were all stuck in quarantine and I was back to job searching again, but I’m glad I still have you guys to talk to throughout all this. 🙂

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November 13, 2020 9:57 am
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Welcome to the 30 club! I always enjoy your comments and glad you are an active part of the Herald community.

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November 13, 2020 10:11 am
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Happy Birthday, a day late!

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November 13, 2020 10:34 am
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Welcome to the club!

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November 13, 2020 10:51 am
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On the golf course of life, you’re getting ready to tee it up on 7. Enjoy the rest of the round!

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November 13, 2020 1:55 pm
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When I was younger, I kind of assumed that I wouldn’t make it to thirty, so congrats!

All I can say is that I wouldn’t have used my body so recklessly in my teens and twenties if I had known how sore and broken I might feel as I racked up years.

That’s a complete lie, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m a prime candidate for opioid addiction if anyone has anything left over. This segues nicely into promoting my Pills for Tots program for the holidays, now in its fifteenth year. You collect medications laying around the house that toddlers could conceivably find, and I, ah, dispose of them. Even if you don’t have young children in your home, can you really afford to take that chance? No, you cannot.

What about the children?!? I shrieked.

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November 13, 2020 1:58 pm
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Congrats. I think early 30s are the best years. Enjoy

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November 13, 2020 3:41 pm
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Happy belated birthday!

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November 13, 2020 7:51 pm
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You’re not technically late! Because today is my 30th!

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November 13, 2020 10:01 am

I am a sucker for Nesmith’s shooting at the next level. I believe he has a high floor and I can work with that at this point in the 2020 NBA draft. Spacing is so important in today’s NBA that Nesmith will provide that no matter what happens with the future players on this current kings roster. Nesmith will always be a fit on any team.

I am becoming more intrigued with the possibility of Poku though. The ringer even has us as drafting him in their updated mock draft. I am kind of liking the idea of trading back and landing a maxey and Poku combination if possible.

cunimus
November 13, 2020 5:51 pm
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I’m a fan of trying players with higher upside like Poku and Maxey. I’m not sure the Kings could get both of those players if they trade back, but that would be a great situation.

I’m not sure how much Nesmith moves the needle for this team. The Kings need more creators and players with star potential to raise the bar. That’s going to come with pretty significant risk in this draft.

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November 13, 2020 10:16 am

I’m leaning towards grabbing a high floor quality backup player. It’s sort of how I viewed this draft several months ago. Malachi Flynn and Xavier Tillman are back up high on my board. Naji Marshall has also snuck in there also.

smcornel03
November 13, 2020 1:30 pm
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Big facts, I would throw Paul Reed and Tyler Bey in that mix because they could step in and be close to elite at the defensive end in just a season or two. Desmond Bane is another one who deserves a look if the Kings move back a couple slots

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November 13, 2020 10:52 am

P-Will, barely over Lewis. It was an actual coin flip, came up tails. (Don’t judge me – this method would have been superior to what we have seen take place in Sac. over the years.)

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November 13, 2020 12:18 pm

I voted Poku. Then Williams. Then Lewis. Ball-handlers uber alles. And front court sized-playmakers > backcourt-sized playmakers.

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November 13, 2020 12:58 pm

Saddiq Bey

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November 13, 2020 1:05 pm
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We once summered at Saddiq Bey. Much better than the time we were stuck at the confluence of the Austin Rivers.

cunimus
November 13, 2020 1:26 pm

I think the King’s need high ceiling talent. If they can get 2-3 top 30 players, the rest of the rest of the pieces will come to be on a winner.

I don’t see how a high floor player moves the needle for this team. That’s when we’re out of the lottery.

smcornel03
November 13, 2020 1:28 pm
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What determines high ceiling? To me the player with the highest probability of being an all star from this crop is Jalen Smith

cunimus
November 13, 2020 2:59 pm
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I think that being a young prospect with the possibility developing shot creation and playmaking from the perimeter along with size are what gives the highest ceiling right now. Most of the strongest teams in the NBA have players with size that can create for themselves. The Kings are really lacking that in my opinion.

Players that are older that have a skill that translates, but not much more are high floor players. To me, Nesmith is a high floor player that doesn’t have potential to develop a lot more than a rotation player in the NBA.

smcornel03
November 13, 2020 1:27 pm

A bit strange that I am not hearing more love for Jalen Smith. Patrick Williams is a project and is more raw offensively than OG Ananoby coming into the draft. As much as I think his defensive acumen would be good for the Kings, there is nothing that suggests the Kings would be able to develop Patrick Williams into the type of two way player his upside suggest he could be. Jalen Smith is polished, versatile and can help right away. I actually think he fits nicely next to Bagley as well and he fits really nice next to Holmes. Those three with some minutes from Bjelica and Len as well seems to me like a really really good frontcourt. Nesmith to me is a strange pick for the Kings given what Buddy is already and how we lack perimeter defense. If the plan is to trade Buddy for a solid wing defender and take Nesmith than sure I can get behind that. Poku to me is just too risky for the Kings. He is a few years away from being able to contribute in my opinion. Kings need to put a premium on versatile defense and guys who can contribute right away on both ends. And for what it’s worth, Jalen Smith’s high floor to me doesn’t really limit his ceiling much for me. He can be a big who can shoot, defend the rim and switch a bit, and attack closeouts… like that is great value and to me is a much smoother guarantee to be a solid contributor at this point in the draft. I think people make the mistake of equating young and athletic with high level upside, it just isn’t that simple IMO.

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November 13, 2020 2:36 pm
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I don’t think it’s strange at all. He isn’t versatile really versatile defensively or offensively. He’s a stretch big, that could be a decent weakside shot blocker. But he isn’t likely to be even passable on-ball on either side. I think he’s a classic late-1st/early-2nd prospect.

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November 13, 2020 3:03 pm
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I don’t mind Jalen Smith, I think that he can be a stretch big in the NBA. It doesn’t look like he can initiate from the perimeter or the post much.

I’m willing to take a risk on Poku because having a player like that develop is what the Kings need to really take a step forward. A rotation player isn’t going to make this a playoff team. Even if the Kings got to the playoffs, I don’t see them making it past the first round. Because of this, fine with the Kings taking a step back next year to get better position in the draft and take a chance to develop players that will give the team to be a shot as a contender in the future.

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November 13, 2020 1:55 pm

I finally made my vote: Xavier Tillman. High IQ. Very active on both ends. Solid backup and possibly a starting center. Helps with roster construction. His role has never been to shoot 3’s but I think he shot 75% at the combine, so he might be able to knock it down at a decent percentage. For me, it’s a close call between him and Malachi Flynn, another high IQ, active player on both ends.

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November 13, 2020 2:04 pm
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Isn’t Tillman projected to go in the second round?

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November 13, 2020 2:48 pm
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he’s projected to go anywhere from 14 to 40, but a lot of that is groupthink.

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November 13, 2020 2:37 pm
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I’d take Tillman over the majority of these options.

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November 13, 2020 2:05 pm

Lewis is the best player left on the board. Between Hampton and Lewis for me. We need to get fast and athletic next to Fox. Both can handle it and both can play off ball.

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November 13, 2020 3:49 pm

I voted for Williams , but Lewis Jr. is growing on me. I’m still not sure it’s a good idea to corner the market on slightly undersized, one-position speed demons, but that’s not really a huge consideration with where this team is. If anything, I think Lewis has a bit more live-action passing ability than Fox, and he’s a far better shooter. I even think I could be convinced that Lewis + the assets you get in a Fox trade > Fox + any of the other prospects in the #12 range. I guess that’s a little hot-takey. I just really have concerns about whether or not Fox’s outside shot will ever materialize.

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November 13, 2020 4:37 pm
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I honestly think this might be the fastest way towards relevancy for the Kings. If we have another underperforming losing season I could see Fox demanding a trade and honestly I wouldn’t blame him. Either that or he forces his way out at some point during his next contract. Trade Fox for assets and reset with Lewis, Bagley (if he can stay on the court), and picks.

I’m not saying we can’t or won’t win with Fox but I think that window to do so might be shorter than any of us want.

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November 13, 2020 5:29 pm
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I agree with this and I don’t think it’s all that hot take-y. That said, if you’re open to moving Fox there’s no reason you have to be committed to the “slightly undersized, one-position speed demon” archetype. If you’re open to moving Fox, then the world opens up a bit because you aren’t necessarily working to build a team around his specific strengths and weaknesses.

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November 13, 2020 10:42 pm

Yeah I’m not really the best judge about which archetypes are best to build around. I just like watching fun basketball. I’d be okay with building a team around Kira Lewis if I was confident he could be a competent three point shooter. That doesn’t mean he has to be the best player. I just mean a team built around transition offense, drive and kicks, cutting, etc.

Obviously, they’d need to try to compensate for Kira’s deficiencies on defense, but again, I’m okay with just having a winning team that’s fun to watch.

P.s. I watched some Cade Cunningham highlights for the first time today, and I’d also be okay with any strategy that maximized the likelihood he became a Sacramento King. That guy might break the fun to watch meter.

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November 14, 2020 12:26 am
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Yeah the 2021 draft prospects reminds me a lot of the 2018 draft prospects where there’s a lot of upper level talent. I remember going into the 2017-2018 season and even if the season hasn’t started yet, almost half of us were already talking about tanking the season for a chance at getting one of Ayton, Luka, MPJ etc.

I’m at that boat once again where I wish Monte would just do the reset button and build this thing to the ground and up even if it means trading away Fox for an unprotected 2021 1st. I’ll be down with that especially if that pick could likely be a top 10 pick.

If we keep Fox that’s fine as well as long as we are assured a top 5 pick in the 2021 draft.. Pairing Fox with one of Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Brandon Boston or Jonathan Kuminga should be a good step in the right direction.

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November 13, 2020 11:55 pm

I voted for Nesmith once again.

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