2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Sacramento Kings Should Target at No. 8

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Kings Should Target at No. 8

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 2014 NBA Draft
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The Sacramento Kings are coming off a brutal season in which they finished 28-54 and ranked in the bottom-half of the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Kings will look to turn around their almost decade-long stretch of ineptitude by selecting an impact player with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Here is a look at five players Sacramento should target with their selection.

5. Doug McDermott, SF/PF, Creighton

Doug McDermott, SF/PF, Creighton
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5. Doug McDermott, SF/PF, Creighton

Doug McDermott, SF/PF, Creighton
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Doug McDermott is arguably the most talented scorer in the draft. Not only can he score from the post, but he is a deadly three-point shooter with limitless range. The Kings would benefit greatly from McDermott's ability to hit from the outside, as they finished with the third-worst three-point shooting percentage in the NBA in 2013-14. McDermott may not have a high ceiling, but he will be a reliable offensive weapon in the pros.

4. James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky

James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky
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4. James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky

James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky
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James Young is a smooth offensive player with a sweet shooting stroke. The lefty averaged over 14 points per game as a freshman on a very talented Kentucky team. Along with his perimeter shooting ability, Young has the athleticism to make plays above the rim. Sacramento would also benefit from Young's versatility. His 7-foot wingspan will allow him to guard taller NBA wings.

3. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
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3. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
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Drafting Noah Vonleh with the eighth overall pick would give DeMarcus Cousins a young and talented frontcourt partner. At 6-foot-9 and 247 pounds, Vonleh has the size to hold his own against NBA big men. He is also one of the top rebounders in the 2014 draft class. Vonleh needs to refine his offensive game, but his size and potential warrant such a high pick.

2. Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
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2. Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
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Aaron Gordon is another player with tremendous potential. Gordon's best trait is his incredible athleticism. In addition to his baffling vertical, Gordon is extremely quick on his feet, a trait that allows him to guard smaller players. Drafting Gordon would immediately improve a Kings defense that ranked 24th in points allowed per game. A frontcourt of Gordon and Cousins would be an exciting duo to watch for years to come.

1. Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
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1. Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
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The Kings should take the best player available as opposed to focusing on a positional need. If Marcus Smart is still on the board at No. 8, he should be Sacramento's pick. Smart is a dynamic talent who can penetrate opposing defenses and make plays around the rim. He also has great size for his position, which will benefit him defensively. Smart has what it takes to develop into a star point guard in the NBA.

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  • TheZuluNation

    I think for the Kings it’s either Smart or trade the pick for a PG like Brandon Knight or MCW. MCW would be the better choice.