After a 29-win season in 2014-15, the Kings have many needs with the sixth pick entering Thursday’s NBA draft. The Kings could trade down to acquire more than one player to help fill those needs. But if they keep the pick, here are six players who could be selected at No. 6:
Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-foot-5, PG, China
Need filled: Long-term answer at point guard, passing ability
Comment: The Kings appear to believe Ray McCallum is not their preferred backup to Darren Collison. Mudiay would add size, speed and depth in the backcourt.
Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, C, Kentucky
Need filled: Interior defense
Comment: The Kings have long sought a shot-blocking big man to pair with DeMarcus Cousins. Cauley-Stein might be the best and most versatile defensive big man in this year’s draft.
Justise Winslow, 6-7, SF, Duke
Need filled: Perimeter defender, rebounding
Comment: One of the best wing defenders in the draft, Winslow showed in one season with the Blue Devils he can affect a game while not being the primary scoring option.
Mario Hezonja, 6-8, SF/SG, Croatia
Need filled: Playmaking, wing depth
Comment: He reportedly has the ability to become a good defender, scorer and passer in the NBA and ideally could learn behind Rudy Gay.
Cameron Payne, 6-2, PG, Murray State
Need filled: Point guard depth, playmaking
Comment: If the Kings trade down, Payne would be a good option. He’d add size and could be a long-term answer at the point who could grow with a young nucleus.
Kristaps Porzingis, 7-0, PF, Latvia
Need filled: Outside shooting
Comment: As predraft workouts began, it looked as if Porzingis might be available at six. But he wowed scouts, and Sacramento likely would have to trade up to get him. If he slips in the draft, the Kings would be happy.