NBA Draft Insider thinks Zach Edey is an intriguing NBA prospect for the Kings

Jun 25, 2024, 11:43 AM

Zach Edey #15 of the Purdue Boilermakers reacts in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies d...

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - APRIL 08: Zach Edey #15 of the Purdue Boilermakers reacts in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament National Championship game at State Farm Stadium on April 08, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Should the Sacramento Kings take college standout Zach Edey with the 13th overall pick? Jon Chepkevich thinks there’s more to his game than what’s on the surface.

Director of Scouting for, Jon Chepkevich, joined Stiles & Watkins Tuesday to talk about the upcoming 2024 NBA Draft. The discuss the Kings’ options with the 13th pick and who the draft expert likes for Sacramento. Plus, could Zach Edey be polarizing in Purple & Grey?

All that and more on Sactown Sports.

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Additional topics discussed include:

  • What does Jon think the Kings should do with the 13th pick?
  • Is this draft class really that weak?
  • Should the Kings take Zach Edey with the 13th pick?
  • Jon’s assessment of Zach Edey
  • Is Tidjane Salaun a good prospect for the Kings?
  • Is Providence’s Devin Carter one of the biggest risers in this year’s class?
  • Why Ron Holland is sliding a bit in mock drafts
  • Would Holland be a good upside swing for Sacramento?

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Jon Chepkevich.

More on Zach Edey

Zach Edey is one of the most interesting prospects to evaluate and is such a unique player that it’s hard to project his game to the NBA level. It seems likely that he’ll just be too slow and get roasted over and over again trying to defend NBA speed, but he could also be a situational difference-maker off the bench to find a specific role and a way to contribute to an NBA team.

At 7-4 and over 300 lbs, he’s a bit bigger than Boban Marjanovic. On defense, he can contribute by clogging the lane and altering shots but could also get lost in the league’s up-and-down speed. His elite length and size will always be a factor around the rim.

Edey has nice hands and a good touch around the rim. He finishes plays pretty well, draws plenty of fouls, and has developed into a solid FT shooter at over 70%.

He does a good job of keeping the ball high and putting the ball up quickly to avoid getting stripped. He knows his role, gets into the paint, and throws his weight around. His size really ‘wows’ you when he elevates to dunk the ball, and he can be unstoppable once he gets a deep position in the paint.

Has a good touch on half hooks and little flip shots and layups around the rim.

Unstoppable at the college level but an awkward fit in today’s NBA.

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27th – 2024 NBA Draft
  • Sunday, June 30th – Free Agent negotiating window opens (3 PM PST)
  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

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