The Sacramento Kings stayed at pick 9th at the 2021 NBA lottery, and we did an instant mock draft to give a first-impressions look at how the draft landscape might look when Monte McNair and the Kings are on the board at pick 9.
In this episode, we discussed:
- How I was a false prophet, clinging to denial and praying the Kings would end up with a top pick
- Instant reactions to the draft lottery outcome, including how happy we are for Detroit and Toronto fans
- What are the odds of the pick being traded?
We finally ran a mock draft using our own personal boards, with the following selections:
- Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
- Houston Rockets: Evan Mobley, USC
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Jalen Green, GLeague Ignite
- Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
- Orlando Magic: Jonathan Kuminga, GLeague Ignite
- Oklahoma City Thunder: Scottie Barnes, Florida State
- Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody, Arkansas
- Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner, Michigan
And with the 9th pick, we selected former Duke player Jalen Johnson for the Sacramento Kings. Johnson is a 6'9 forward with playmaking skills on both ends of the court, a strong rebounder, and some promise on his long range shot. His stats from his time at Duke are wonky, considering he only played 13 games at Duke before choosing to leave and prepare for the draft, but he averaged 11.2 points, 2.2 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 2.5 turnovers per game. Those defensive numbers are pretty dang impressive even considering the small sample size, as he finished his collegiate career with a 6% block rate and a 3.1% steal rate.
As the draft gets closer, we'll run more mock drafts, hopefully with more insight into how these teams feel about these players. Who would you have picked at number 9 given this order? Let us know in the comments!
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