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Six players for Kings to watch at No. 6 in NBA draft

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.

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