2015 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Select Justise Winslow
Sacramento Kings Draft Justise Winslow
May 22, 2015
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The Sacramento Kings ended up with the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, and they’re in a bit of a pickle. The Kings could go ahead and draft Willie Cauley-Stein out of Kentucky or Justise Winslow out of Duke.
If I’m GM, I’m spending this pick on the better overall player as well as looking at the current roster and selecting Winslow.
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Winslow has a chance to be an All Star small forward, and he just turned 19 years old. Winslow has his NBA body at 6’6”, 222 pounds, can get to the rim with ease, plays hard and is an above-average defender.
Winslow comes with a ton of upside and is extremely mature for his young age. Right now the Kings don’t have a real leader and no sense of direction. There’s a great chance Winslow would become the voice of the team within a year or two, as he really put Duke on his back during its national championship run.
Some would argue that Cauley-Stein should be the pick here, as he’s a great defender and gives the Kings quality depth in the paint. However, the Kings already have an All Star center in DeMarcus Cousins, who is locked under contract until 2018. There’s no way you spend a Top 10 pick on a backup. There’s also no way both would play together, as they’re both limited on the offensive end.
Drafting Winslow makes far better since considering Omri Casspi is a free agent and Derrick Williams could leave either this year or next. Regardless, Winslow is a far better upgrade at the small forward spot than both of those players.
Forget adding depth, the Kings need to do their best at surrounding Cousins with talent in order to make a true playoff push. They also need to add talent to give him a reason to sign long term when his contract ends in a couple of years.
Winslow would give the Kings another playmaker on the offensive end, a guy who busts his tail defensively and a voice in the locker room.
Assuming he’s still on the board, Sacramento has to make the pick.