2013 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings Have Shot At Anthony Bennett

By John Raffel
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Bennett’s stock in the NBA draft has dropped a few notches lately.

But that could be of immense benefit to the Sacramento Kings. Bennett might wind up in a Kings uniform by the end of draft day. If that’s the case, then it’s truly great to be a Kings’ fan again.

In early speculation about the draft, the Kings valued Bennett very much. But then when their lottery position came to No. 7, the Kings figured Bennett would be gone by the time they picked him.

Now, it’s very possible he might be available. The fact that teams like the Charlotte Bobcats are starting to look at big inside players like Alex Len and Cody Zeller is dropping Bennett down a few notches. But for that reason, he could wind up in a Kings uniform, which Sacramento fans wouldn’t mind one bit. Bennett would add to the excitement of a team that already has some entertaining players.

Bennett was impressive as a freshman for UNLV. He averaged 27.1 minutes, 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor, 37.5 in threes and 70.1 percent from the free throw line.

The talented 6-foot-8 power forward from UNLV gives the Kings so many new weapons that new coach Michael Barkley needs to sort them out and figure what his best lineup will be for the 2013-14 season. Scouts like the fact that he rebounds very well and has a jump shot range out to the three-point line. He’s able to score inside and outside.

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