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Kings Pulse: A phenomenal 2020 NBA Draft for Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings selected three players that we deemed as first-round prospects in the draft.

Tyrese Haliburton falling to the Sacramento Kings at 12 was only the start of what would be a great night of selections.

Haliburton can become a long-term backcourt pairing with De'Aaron Fox and provides some much-needed playmaking with Bogdan Bogdanovic likely on his way out.

Robert Woodard is 6'8" with a 7'1" wingspan who also can space the floor, we discuss how he could be an ideal fit alongside Marvin Bagley.

And finally, we discuss why Jahmi'us Ramsey is a player we had our eye on for the Kings and what his swing factors are as a young, high-upside talent.

We also touch on the asset management from Sacramento's front office in trading down from 35 to 40 for additional assets plus selling pick 53 for $1-million along with a 2021 second-rounder.

All around, we would be nitpicking to not be happy about the outcome for Sacramento.

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November 19, 2020 8:04 am

Yeah I jumped out of my seat when Haliburton’s name was called. He was one of the very few in this draft I wouldn’t have minded trading up to get. So the fact he fell in our lap at 12 is exciting. And props to Monte for pulling the trigger.

Gotta say though, I’m a little disappointed in the rest of our draft to be honest. We’ll see how it goes, but I was pumped to get Tillman at 35. And then to wake up and read we had traded that pick kinda sucked (I didn’t hear it from ESPN while watching the broadcast last night). I’m cool with Ramsey. I kinda liked the swing for Martin, a guy who took a non-conventional route to the draft (a la Bazley last year). But it sounds like a late 2nd next year for that pick… Not a huge deal, but don’t we have like 800 2nd round picks already?

Just bummed about Tillman. Maybe Woodard will be good though. All in all, I’d call it a good draft for us.

November 19, 2020 8:58 am
Reply to  AirmaxPG

Overall I think it was a very good draft for the Kings. Halliburton at 12 alone pretty much sets the floor for their draft grade at a B+ or so. They could have sold all their 2nd rounders and still graded out well.
That said, I’m with you. When I saw that they drafted Tillman, I was flying. They were on their way to something close to my ideal draft. I do like Woodward. It’s just that Tillman @ 35 would have been an A choice to me. Woodward @ 40 is more of a B-B+. Though I suppose the addition of a 2022 2nd balances the scale a bit. Not entirely, but a bit.
I’m not a big fan of Ramsey, and he wouldn’t have been my choice there. But it’s hard to argue against his value in that slot. There’s some potential there to be a 6th-man microwave type scorer. Which would absolutely be a win at his draft slot. But, at this point, getting a shot up is pretty much the only thing on his mind. But he’s young. Who knows, maybe he can improve his passing, defense, and overall awareness enough to break out.

November 19, 2020 9:26 am

Yeah I’d give it a B+. Can’t really count on 2nd rounders for much, but I think there could be some players we might have missed on. My ideal draft (knowing who went where) would have been Haliburton at 12, Tillman at 35, Isaiah Joe at 43, and Riller at 52. Or maybe Riller at 43 and Paul Reed at 52.

It feels a little like 2017 to me. Excited about Fox… but wait we’re trading the 10th now? And Justin Jackson, really? Ok Giles is cool. Eh, ok Frank Mason, whatever.

Just don’t know why we needed even more future 2nds when there were players available. But hey can’t complain about a B+.

November 19, 2020 9:42 am
Reply to  AirmaxPG

I’m not big on Joe. But your second option there Hali/Tillman/Riller/Reed would have been an easy A for me. Who knows, there’s a chance Woodward could have been available 3 slots later and it could have been Hali/Tillman/Woodward/Riller. Which might push it at an A+ because of the inclusion of a versatile 2-4 defending wing in Woodward.

November 19, 2020 8:11 am

Now that the point guard position is on an upward swing would it be possible or prudent to trade Buddy and not take any salary back, let Bogi walk, and then make Fred VanVleet an offer he can’t refuse?

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November 19, 2020 8:21 am
Reply to  eurostep

Kings should not rely on free agency…ever. They got their guy in a a draft, now they need to get who else they want via trade. Use any remaining cap space on camp invites or eat some deals for future assets. The Kings aren’t making the playoffs anytime soon. Build for the post Lebron in LA era.

November 19, 2020 8:44 am
Reply to  Adamsite

If anything, I’d see if there are any godfather offers for Fox. The Knicks have yet to shore up their PG spot, and are rumored to be interested in Westbrook.

Tyrese lacks Fox’s freakish athleticism, but he does the things that seem to translate to success in today’s NBA for that position. Playmaking, shooting, and defense.

See how Hali and a hopefully healthy Bagley can play together. Lots of losses this season most likely either way. Then we get our superstar in the next couple drafts.

November 19, 2020 8:45 am
Reply to  Adamsite

This. At least they certainly shouldn’t rely on FA for impact signings. They should be using FA to troll for value deals like Bjelica and Holmes.

November 19, 2020 9:00 am

Any chance TKH can assemble A bonus podcast where you cut together the previews of each of these three guys? I know you guys went deep in the draft this year

November 19, 2020 9:02 am

Great draft overall by Mcnair. I would have preferred not trading the 35th pick and keeping Tillman but I am still happy with the results which nets us Woodard and Ramsey.

Of course Haliburton was the steal of the draft. Literally screamed F YES! once Silver mentioned Tyrese Haliburton as the pick for the Kings. I would say that would also probably be my reaction if Vlade just drafted Luka but hey there’s nothing we can do about it now.

Hopefully this is the start of something special for Mcnair and the Kings. Looking forward to free agency especially with the Bogi situation.

November 19, 2020 9:14 am

If the Kings take the OKC blueprint and play significant minutes with a three guard lineup (Fox Buddy Haliburton) what combination of bigs do you see complimenting the best?

Personally would love to see a lineup of Fox, Buddy, Haliburton, Barnes, Bagley/Holmes close games this year.

November 19, 2020 9:17 am

Or just more generally, what is your guys’ favorite end-game lineup?

November 19, 2020 9:17 am

The hard part with that lineup is one thing that can really kill you at the end of games is giving up offensive rebounds. You’re really counting on Haliburton to rebound up at that point. And there isn’t really any rim-protection in that lineup. That said, obviously, it’s all about matchups. So depending on the matchup that could work.

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November 19, 2020 9:42 am

Is there any lineup with Bagley at the center that doesn’t leave the Kings vulnerable to offensive rebounds and rim-protection? As much as we value Bjelly, playing him late game at the 4 and Barnes at the 3 would only be marginal improvement imo

November 19, 2020 9:50 am

Not really. I mean, a big part of the problem is just how poor of a rebounder Barnes is. As with any bad team, there isn’t going to be an ideal lineup. But if you want to trot out the 3-guard lineup proposed, you probably have to go with both Bagley and Holmes behind them.

November 19, 2020 9:55 am

I’d be interested to see that. If Hali can shoot above league average I could see that working. Maybe we could take a play from the Heat and implement a 3-2 zone with that lineup

November 22, 2020 7:09 pm

Remember the media gave Kings an A for the draft of Thomas Robinson ! Now it’s all about playing in the NBA as it should !

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