Beating the odds, the Sacramento Kings jumped into the upper echelon of the 2022 NBA Draft and landed the No. 4 overall pick.
It was a huge surprise for the Kings as Sacramento was projected to land near the bottom of the lottery. The Kings can now add a potential franchise cornerstone at No. 4 to a roster that features stars like De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.
There is one problem though. The Kings are in win-now mode — or at least claim to be — and are desperate to make the playoffs. A young player that needs some time to grow could slow down that process and possibly contradict Sacramento’s short-term goals.
So will the Kings trade the pick and try to acquire a more established player? Or will they keep the pick and add another talented young piece to their roster?
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft.
Kings draft picks 2022: When does Sacramento pick?
The Kings have the No. 4 overall pick in the first round and two second round selections.
- Round 1, No. 4
- Round 2, No. 37
- Round 2, No. 49
Kings 2022 NBA draft order
Kings draft needs
Let’s be real, do the Kings really need to add another young piece to their roster?
The smarter play for Sacramento may be to trade the No. 4 overall pick for a player that can complement the tandem of Sabonis and Fox while also carrying their own weight at the same.
Of course, that type of player may be hard to come by.
But by selecting Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic, drafting and then trading Tyrese Haliburton and drafting another guard in Davion Mitchell, the Kings can’t afford to have another draft day disaster.
Kings mock draft 2022
Here are the latest projections for the Kings, according to TSN’s draft savant Kyle Irving:
Round 1, No. 1: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
This is a tough spot for the Kings because Ivey will undoubtedly be the best player remaining on the board, but Sacramento just cleared up a backcourt logjam last season. After the Kings drafted Davion Mitchell with their first-round pick last year, they traded away Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to solidify De’Aaron Fox as their lead guard of the future.
But Sacramento needs as much talent as it can get and passing on Ivey would be ill-advised. The Purdue sophomore could pair with Fox to make one of the fastest backcourts in the NBA and they’d both play nicely off of a skilled and cerebral big man like Domantas Sabonis. Passing on the best player available because of the presence of Mitchell and Fox would be a mistake.
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Round 2, No. 37: Ismael Kamagate, C, Paris
Ismael Kamagate has entered the 2022 NBA draft, his agent Bouna Ndiaye told ESPN. The 6’11 center is having an excellent season with Paris Basket in France, averaging 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 27 minutes, shooting 65% for 2. Potential first round pick. pic.twitter.com/deZne7EdJE
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 22, 2022
Round 2, No. 49: Dereon Seabron, F, NC State