The Sacramento Kings and General Manager Monte McNair received some welcome news Tuesday afternoon when it was revealed that they had moved up to the fourth pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Based on their lottery odds, it was expected that Sacramento would land somewhere around the seventh pick, but now things are about to get rather interesting.
While most feel that the top three picks will be some order of center Chet Holmgren, forward Paolo Banchero, and forward Jabari Smith Jr, the Kings sit with an opportunity to go in any number of directions at fourth.
Experts have tabbed Perdue’s Jaden Ivey as the next best prospect in the draft. An extremely athletic 6-4 shooting guard with crazy speed and loose handles, but a guaranteed crowd exciter.
Is Ivey the right fit next to De’Aaron Fox? Or could the Kings package the pick with Richaun Holmes and/or Harrison Barnes and get their hands on a proven young star in the league? There have been whispers that the team is seriously considering moving the pick, but that was when they thought they would be at #7.
At #4, it might be worth waiting to see how the top three play out before dealing the pick as this is seen as an extremely wide-open draft order and one of the big men could slide down and hand Sacramento the starting power forward of the future they desire so much.
We have 37 days until the June 23 NBA Draft and Monte now sits in the catbird seat waiting for his phone to ring. This time, it is good to be a King.