Sacramento Kings Draft Picks 2023 – Busy Night For the Kings

The Sacramento Kings are coming off their most successful season in the past two decades. For the first time since 2006, the Kings made it to the Playoffs and pushed Golden State Warriors to the limit in the opening round. Head coach Mike Brown did a great job with his young roster and won the NBA Coach of the Year award. The team still needs to add assets in order to become a legit contender and the 2023 NBA Draft was a real chance to do that. Let’s see what the Kings did last night.

Sacramento Kings
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#24 Olivier-Maxence Prosper – traded to Dallas

The Kings had the right to the 24th pick and they used it to select Olivier-Maxence Prosper from the University of Marquette. They decided to ship him to the Dallas Mavericks alongside center Richaun Holmes as a part of a larger trade that is expected to be finalized at a later date. The Kings have a roster packed with young talent and they could afford trading their only first round pick but what makes this move unusual is the fact that they still haven’t acknowledged what they will get in return.

#34 Colby Jones – acquired from Charlotte

Colby Jones
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Position: Small forward

Age: 21

Height: 6-6 (198cm)

Weight: 207 (94kg)

College: University of Xavier

Country: USA

Jones declared for the 2023 NBA Draft after three seasons at Xavier. Being 21, he is a more mature than most of the players in his draft class. In 2022, Jones led his school to the NIT title and won the MVP award along the way. He is a versatile small forward who can even play as a point guard if needed. He is a 38% three-point shooter and knowing his basketball IQ and the ability to guard multiple positions, make us wonder who he failed to the second round. Poor free-throw shooting (64% last year) and the average explosiveness and quickness are some of the reasons why some teams had second guesses regarding him. However, he has solid fundamentals of the game and coach Brown will know how to make him into a valuable contributor coming off the bench.

#38 Jordan Walsh – traded to Boston

The Kings selected Jordan Walsh from the University of Arkansas but just like their first round pick, they decided to trade him. Walsh ended u with the Boston Celtics and here you can take a look at the Boston Celtics Draft Picks.

#54 Jalen Slawson

Jalen Slawson
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Age: 23

Height: 6-7 (201cm)

Weight: 215 (98kg)

College: University of Furman

Country: USA

Slawson is already 23 years old and comes from a smaller program such as the university of Furman. He is undersized for the power forward position for NBA standards and that is the reason why he was selected near the bottom of the second round. It is very unlikely that Slawson will find a roster spot with the Kings next season, but he will definitely have a chance to fight for a spot in the Summer League.

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