The Sacramento Kings have the No. 7 and 36 picks in the NBA Draft later this month, and it’s probably easier to predict who their first choice will be compared to the second. The Kings are likely to draft a position in the second round opposite of what they pick up in the first round. The player they wind up picking in the first round will likely impact how they’ll use that No. 36 spot.
One poll has C.J. Leslie of North Carolina State being at that spot or close to it. If he’s available at No. 36, the Kings will want to take a look at the 6-foot-9 power forward, who will give them additional depth at that spot.
Don’t count out Leslie to crack the top eight for the Kings’ lineup if he’s drafted by them. He could make a impact in his rookie season. Last season for the Wolfpack, Leslie saw action for 32.4 minutes per game and averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. He shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 61.2 percent in free throws.
He enjoyed solid sophomore and junior seasons and considers himself ready for the NBA. The Kings would like the fact that he’s considered to be a good ball handler for his size, runs the floor like a guard and can finish way above the rim. He might not go the first round, but Leslie will still be able to get the job done for the Kings if they take him with their first pick.