Sacramento Kings are looking at drafting Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
With the NBA Lottery approaching faster than an Anthony Davis weak-side block, the worst teams in the NBA are beginning to think about who they might want to use their draft picks on. Not surprisingly, a lot of teams are eying Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, including the Sacramento Kings.
The Examiner recently broke down the two players, here is what they had to say.
Davis, 19, was a shot blocking machine at Kentucky, breaking Whiteside’s block record set in 2010. As the projected top pick, the freshman averaged 14.2 points – on .62.3 percent shooting – 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.
At six-feet-10-inches and 221 pounds he’ll have to bulk up if he doesn’t want to be pushed around in the paint but a seven-foot-four-inch wingspan comes in handy. DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony gives us his description of Davis’ offensive game:
“Davis gets the overwhelming majority of his touches playing off the ball—be it cutting to the rim, crashing the offensive glass, running the floor in transition, or as a pick and roll finisher. According to Synergy Sports Technology, only 20% of his offense comes off post-up, spot-up or isolation plays, which makes sense considering those are the areas he struggles in the most.”
Kentucky’s Kidd-Ghilchrist, 18, measures at 6-feet-7-inches and weighs in at 232 pounds. He scored 11.8 points – on 49.1 percent shooting – and grabbed 7.6 rebounds per game during his lone year at Kentucky.
NBA.com’s David Aldridge explains why scouts are high on him:
“What makes Kidd-Gilchrist’s ascension even more dramatic is the fact that he was neither a great shooter (he was a ghastly 25.5 percent from 3-point range) nor scorer (11.9 points per game, third on the team) in his one season in Lexington. He was a good-but-not-great rebounder, and he didn’t add many assists or blocked shots.
“But MKG is beloved by NBA scouts for a simple reason: he plays hard. His path to the pros is his relentlessness. Playing hard, as I’ll say for the billionth time, is a skill.”
With former Wildcats Demarcus Cousins and Chuck Hayes already on the roster, I would become the biggest Kings fan in the world if they were to land either Davis or Gilchrist. I still would prefer to see Gilchrist go to the Kings, and Davis to the Wizards, but as long as one of them ends up in Sacramento, we’ll have the first team in the NBA with 3 former Kentucky players.
That makes me happy.