The Phoenix Suns seem all but settled on selecting Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in next Thursday’s draft, which means it’s the Sacramento Kings that find themselves as the team with the most intrigue at the top.
The Kings have needs at pretty much every position on the court outside of point guard after taking De’Aaron Fox last year, and there isn’t one of those expected to be a top pick. So you can talk yourself into Sacramento selecting any of a number of players at No. 2, and it appears a week before the draft they are narrowing their focus down to a trio of players, one of which is a pretty big surprise.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Kings are looking most closely at Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, and Michael Porter Jr., who has found himself as a possible late riser on draft boards.
Doncic and Bagley have been rumored to be the Kings top choices for some time, but Porter makes for a very interesting addition to the group. He was a highly regarded high school prospect who enters this draft as a likely top 10 pick, but carries significant questions about the health of his back (and now, his hip after canceling a workout due to a hip strain). That said, his scoring ability as a 6’10 wing player is understandably tantalizing for a Sacramento team that lacks that kind of punch.
While Porter at two feels like a reach to many, if the Kings are confident in his medicals and believe he’s the guy, they can justify taking him based off of that offensive potential. However, if he doesn’t pan out and Doncic or someone else does, they’ll be the latest team to find themselves snakebitten by the curse of the No. 2 overall pick.