With the NBA draft coming up next Thursday, the Kings sit at the number 2 pick with a lot to think about in who they will select. To me, there is only one choice. That would be to go with the freshman point guard out of Oklahoma, Trae Young.
My idea on this situation hasn’t gained much momentum from my fellow fans here in the capital of California, but hear me out. Trae Young can pass, score and shoot the long ball effectively.
The NBA today keeps moving further away from the basket. All the successful teams shoot the long ball a bunch each game and have players who can knock down a big three when needed.
Trae Young mimics Stephen Curry in this regard because they are both confident three point shooters who can step a few feet behind the line and still knock in the triple. As we see, Steph Curry’s team has been quite impressive in the last few seasons.
The Kings need to pass on a big man, even if DeAndre Ayton slips to them. Sacramento already has a plethora of bigs with potential in Skal Labissiere, Harry Giles and in some ways, Willie Cauley-Stein. They do not need another big man who’s game is becoming less valuable in basketball.
I understand that De’Aaron Fox was drafted last year and Buddy Hield has show glimpses of promise along with Bogdan Bogdanovic. Trae can start at the one next to De’Aaron who has the wingspan to guard twos. This will give the Kings a backcourt that is both athletic and one that can shoot the three, a skill Fox lacks in.
Buddy has shown that he plays well as a sixth man and with the game going smaller. Bogdan can work his way more into the three spot. This will give the Kings a young team, full of potential with shooters and passers.
Young led the NCAA in assists per game and is very capable of creating his own shot. Trae Young is a prime example of a player a team needs to be a great in the NBA today. There are a lot of good players in this draft but it would be a huge mistake to pass on Trae Young.