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Kings Pulse: Current thoughts on the 2021 NBA Draft Prospects

With the 2021 NBA Draft on the horizon, we kicked off the Kings Pulse and Kings Herald draft coverage.

While 16 teams play on for basketball's highest honor, the Sacramento Kings are again waiting for the yearly dance of the ping pong balls to set the 2021 NBA Draft order. With the draft on the horizon - July 29 at the Barclays Center - it's time for Brenden and I to kick off the Kings Pulse and Kings Herald draft coverage.

While both of us have plenty of research still to do, we talked about all the lottery-range prospect we've reviewed and answered questions from twitter, including:

  • Jalen Suggs or Jalen Green at pick 3?
  • Our concerns with Jonathan Kuminga
  • The massive depth of wings and forwards in the range of the Kings draft pick - including Scottie Barnes, Moses Moody, Jalen Johnson, Franz Wagner, Keon Johnson, and Josh Giddey
  • Our least favorite realistic lottery picks - Davion Mitchell and Corey Kispert
  • Why the 2021 draft class isn't as deep as the 2020 draft class - and where guys like Tyrese Haliburton would have ranked in this draft class.

Who are your favorite lottery prospects in the 2021 Draft? Who are your sleepers who may rise to be in the lottery by draft day? Let us know in the comments below!

The Kings Pulse podcast is available on all major listening platforms.

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andy_sims
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June 1, 2021 9:10 am

Let’s go big and grab EJ Onu at #9.

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June 1, 2021 9:49 am
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He sure looks like a guy who has all the tools to be effective in the NBA. He could be available in the second round, but I have a feeling as the draft get closer, he’s going to be showing up on a lot of teams’ radar.

On the plus side, he still has room to improve, but on the other hand, he’s still a bit raw in some aspects. The Kings are pretty terrible at developing players, but if he starts in the D-league, improves his post game, and dominates against legit prospects, he could find himself an important cog in the Kings’ young core.

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June 1, 2021 10:38 am
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I think he would be available with our second pick but thats risky imo

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June 1, 2021 11:35 am
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I’d think an organization like the Spurs might have the structure in place to turn him into a great player, although with them being in the lottery instead of the high twenties, they might not want to make that high of a reach.

I’d think that any of the last 8-10 teams to pick in the first round will be in a pretty good position to grab him up as a high-upside project, so I agree, the second round could be too late.

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