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Eight wing prospects Kings could consider in 2021 NBA Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
We are in the home stretch leading up to the July 29 NBA Draft. The Kings have a list of needs, but maybe none so pressing as at the wing.
Harrison Barnes has manned the position for the last few seasons, but coach Luke Walton likes to use him as a stretch four for major minutes. General manager Monte McNair brought in Moe Harkless at the deadline and the veteran started 20 games down the stretch of the season.
Harkless is an unrestricted free agent and there are no promises that he’ll be back for another tour of duty. Either way, the Kings need depth at the position and there are plenty of options to choose from in the upcoming draft.
Moses Moody, Small Forward, Arkansas
Measurables: 6-foot-6, 211 pounds Age: 19
If the Kings stay at No. 9, this is a great fit. Moody is long, athletic and has the ability to be a solid 3-and-D wing early in his career with potential for more. He posted a 7-foot-1 wingspan and shot 35.8 percent from three in his freshman season. Just barely 19-years-old, the Arkansas product will take some time to acclimate to the NBA, but his game should translate well, especially when he’s no longer a No. 1 scoring option.
Josh Giddey, Point Guard/Wing, Adelaide (Australia)
Measurables: 6-foot-8, 205 pounds Age: 18
Giddey is a personal favorite. He’s listed as a point guard, but at 6-foot-8, he could easily work as a point three. The 18-year-old tore up the ABL last season, posting 10.9 points, 7.5 assists and 7.4 rebounds. He isn’t a great defensive player and he needs to work on his 3-point shot, but his ability to grab a rebound and initiate the break would make the Kings very fun to watch. Giddey should go anywhere from No. 9 to No. 14, right in the Kings’ range.
Franz Wagner, Small Forward, Michigan
Measurables: 6-foot-8, 205 pounds Age: 19
Wagner is a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none prospect out of Michigan. There are rumors that he’s grown a few inches, which adds to his intrigue, but it also might make it difficult for him to stick at the small forward spot. He’s a quality defender and projects as a solid secondary distributor. He needs to refine his 3-point shot, but there is a lot to like, whether he’s playing the three or as a stretch four. He’s in the conversation at No. 9, like so many others.
Corey Kispert, Small Forward, Gonzaga
Measurables: 6-foot-7.25, 224 pounds Age: 22
After four years at Gonzaga, Kispert has proven that he can win and he can hit a 3-point shot. A solid all-around player with a high basketball IQ, Kispert would make plenty of sense for the Kings if Buddy Hield was no longer on the roster. He has the ability to be an elite floor spacer at the NBA level and he plays extremely well off the ball. If Sacramento makes major moves on draft night, but stays around the 9-13 range in the draft, this would be a nice pickup.
Jalen Johnson, Small Forward, Duke
Measurables: 6-foot-9.25, 210 pounds Age: 19
Johnson is an enigma. He has top-tier potential, but a series of issues, both at the college and high school level have his draft stock in limbo. There will be a team that gambles on his incredible talent, but he’s a major risk at No. 9. If the Kings are interested in moving down, adding a few assets and then rolling the dice, he could work as a low-risk, high-reward pick in the mid-to-late teens.
Ziaire Williams, Small Forward, Stanford
Measurables: 6-foot-9.75, 188 pounds Age: 19
Williams has been on the NBA’s radar for a while. His freshman season at Stanford hurt his stock dramatically, but he made up for some of that when he measured in at just under 6-foot-10. There is a chance that Williams far outperforms where he is drafted, but if the Kings are interested, they would probably prefer to move down into the mid-to-late teens to select him.
Trey Murphy, Wing, Virginia
Measurables: 6-foot-9.25, 206 pounds Age: 21
Murphy is a project with some major upside. He measured in at 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot wingspan, which may have moved him into the late first round. If the Kings can acquire a late first or if somehow he drops to No. 39 in the second round, they have to at least kick the tires on him. He shot 43.3 percent from three and may develop as a defender at the pro level.
Brandon Boston Jr., Small Forward, Kentucky
Measurables: 6-foot-7, 185 pounds Age: 19
There was a time when Boston was considered a top 5 prospect in this year’s draft class. But after a disastrous freshman season at Kentucky, he’s tumbling down draft boards. There is still plenty of potential to work with and hopes that he can recover as a prospect, but he could make it all the way down to the Kings in the second round. If he’s there at No. 39, Sacramento could take a gamble and have him compete with Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard III for a roster spot.