Sacramento Kings: 4 prospects to target with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft

RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)
RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) /
1 of 4
NBA Draft
NBA Draft prospect Isaac Okoro (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

4 prospects the Sacramento Kings should target in the 2020 NBA Draft 

Normally, the 12th pick in the NBA Draft is nothing to rave about, but this year is an exception. With the cancellation of March Madness, many prospects flying under the radar missed out on their chance to prove themselves on the national stage.

Due to this, the overall consensus is that this draft is lacking stars. Despite this, many players may go on to prove the scouts wrong, and with the 12th pick, the Sacramento Kings may very well end up with one of these hidden gems.

Let’s take a look at four prospects the Kings should target in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Sacramento Kings draft target: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

This man right here is an absolute defensive beast, but is that all there is to the tale?

When I see Isaac Okoro I immediately think of the likes of Matisse Thybulle and Luguentz Dort, two players that have recently shown how valuable they can be on the biggest stage. What I’m talking about is the raw defensive ability. All three of these players have extremely quick feet, can guard nearly every position, and all struggle to shoot 3’s.

Okoro is that 3-and-D guy without the 3, and the fact he is likely to be drafted in the lottery despite this shows how talented this guy is on the defensive end.

His offensive game isn’t terrible. He has shown the ability to cut to the basket and finish in traffic. He is an excitement machine with the raw athleticism that can get a crowd up on their feet after a thunderous dunk. All ill say is that once upon a time Jimmy Butler couldn’t hit a 3 to save his life, and now look at him. Maybe Okoro could have a similar trajectory?

The versatility he brings will be difficult to pass on, but the question remains: will being a non-factor from behind the arc hinder the Kings more than his defense improves it? I personally think not, but the thought of a 28 percent 3-point shooter doesn’t fill me with hope. In saying this, his form doesn’t look “broken” and he may yet develop into a reliable shooter, rendering him an extremely valuable player for any team.