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2024 NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Sacramento Kings 13th pick

May 13, 2024, 1:25 PM | Updated: 1:31 pm

Ja'Kobe Walter #4 of the Baylor Bears reacts to a play in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketb...

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - MARCH 22: Ja'Kobe Walter #4 of the Baylor Bears reacts to a play in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Colgate Raiders at FedExForum on March 22, 2024 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

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The 2024 NBA Draft Lottery fell on Mother’s Day, and the Sacramento Kings had the 13th-best odds with a 3.8 percent chance of jumping into the top f0ur picks.

Ultimately, good fortune was not on their side. The Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs were awarded the first four selections in that order, while the Sacramento Kings ended up with the 13th pick.

Right after the lottery ended, national draft experts started their mock drafts. To get acclimated with some of the options for the Sacramento Kings 13th pick, here are the results from recent mocks.

The Ringer‘s Sacramento Kings 13th pick: Devin Carter | G | Providence

The Ringer‘s Kevin O’Connor elected to go with Providence’s two-way guard Devin Cater for Sacramento at 13, despite the Kings’ clear need for size and athleticism at the wing and forward positions. His logic centers around the defensive value that Keon Ellis provided and the fact that Malik Monk is entering a complicated free agency.

“Keon Ellis became a major difference maker for the Kings last year because of his defense. Now imagine if a lockdown presence like Carter were replacing Malik Monk, who could leave in free agency. Sacramento would get the two-way players it needs, and the entire outlook of the team could change.” – Kevin O’Conner

At 6’3 with a 6’7 wingspan, Carter earned a reputation as a pesky, disruptive, and active on-ball defender during his time at Baylor. He also rebounds the ball exceptionally well and does the little things offensively. High-IQ players typically bode well in Mike Brown’s equal opportunity, free-flowing offense centered around Domantas Sabonis dribble handoffs.

In his junior season, Carter averaged 19.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals, and one block in 35.3 minutes per game. The Providence alum converted 47.3 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three on 6.8 attempts per game, and 74.9 percent on free throws.

ESPN‘s Sacramento Kings 13th pick: Ja’Kobe Walter | G/F | Baylor

Next up from the first weekend’s mock drafts came from ESPN‘s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo, who alternated selections for this project. Givony was selected for Sacramento at 13, where he was elected for Baylor’s Ja’Kobe Walter.

At the NBA Draft Combine, Walter measured 6’4.25 without shoes and an impressive 6’10 wingspan. At 19, he only spent one year in college, averaging 14.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 32.3 minutes of play.

While Walter’s 37.6 percent from the field could raise concerned eyebrows, he converted 34.1 percent of his field goal attempts, but he’s a long-ball specialist. Knocking down 34.1 percent of his 6.3 three-point attempts per game, with varying levels of movement and difficulty, makes it easy to see how he could fit into the Kings’ offense.

“A movement shooter such as Walter who can run off screens and bring high-level intensity defensively makes plenty of sense. He also has plenty of upside to grow into at 19 years old.” – Jonathan Givony

Yet, this isn’t exactly a typical Monte McNair draft pick. Since he took over, Sacramento has not selected a college freshman in the first round. But that could always change if they are willing to be patient while he develops, with the hopes of a high upside.

Yahoo! Sports‘ Sacramento Kings 13th pick: Tidjane Salaun | G/F | Cholet (France)

As of late, international players seem to be dominating the NBA, and the 2024 Draft has a handful of promising overseas prospects. Yahoo! Sports‘ Krysten Peek is the lone mock included here that had the Kings selecting a player of that mold: Tidjane Salaun.

“Salaun is still playing for his team in the French league, giving extended time for scouts to watch him leading up to the draft. Salaun is far from a finished product, but has improved tremendously over the season in many areas, including his shot selection and quick decision-making when the ball is in his hands.” – Krysten Peek

Salaun doesn’t turn 19 until early August, again making him another candidate who doesn’t fit McNair’s previous draft history. Playing in France for Cholet (across multiple leagues), he averaged 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 1.1 steals on 39.8 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three on 4.3 attempts, and 80.0 percent from the free throw line.

His upside is evident at 6’9, 203 pounds, but he’s a project. His size could benefit Sacramento, but would they be willing to wait for him to reach his potential?

When is the next Sacramento Kings off-season date of interest?

The NBA Draft is now a two-night event.

Wednesday, June 26th, will act as the first night of the 2024 NBA Draft, where the Sacramento Kings will make their first-round selection (13th). The second round of the draft will be held on Thursday, June 27th, where the Kings will use its 45th overall pick.

Sacramento hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2022, when it selected Iowa product Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick.

Stay locked into Sactown Sports for all of your Kings draft coverage, including player profiles, reports regarding pre-draft workouts, draft night coverage, and much more.

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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