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NBA Draft Player Profile: Ja’Kobe Walter

May 21, 2024, 9:23 AM

WACO, TX - FEBRUARY 24: Ja'Kobe Walter #4 of the Baylor Bears attempts a three point basket against...

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As we inch closer to the 2024 NBA Draft, Carmichael Dave and Jason Ross are beginning to examine players who could be on the Sacramento Kings’ radar.

The Kings hold the 13th pick in the draft, meaning they could bring in a player to help the team from day one, whether by using the pick on a prospect or by moving the pick to upgrade the roster via trade.

For Sacramento, adding a floor-spacing forward or big should be on general manager Monte McNair’s to-do list, but that doesn’t mean he won’t pick the player he and the rest of the Kings’ front office believe to be the best available.

Today, Allen Stiles and Chris Watkins of Stiles & Watkins break down Baylor guard Ja’Kobe Walter, the Big 12 freshman of the year and a player that could be on the board when Sacramento uses its draft pick.

Ja’Kobe Walter | SG | Height: 6’5 | Weight: 198 lbs | Age: 19 | Big Board: 12th

Stats: 35 games | 14.5 points | 4.4 rebounds | 1.4 assists | 1.1 steals | 0.2 blocks | 37% FG | 34% 3PT | 32.3 minutes

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Topics Discussed

  • Walter is 6’5, but also has a 6’10 wingspan
  • Plays with good intensity and is a willing defensive player
  • Has all the tools of a prototype 3-and-D perimeter player
  • Has enough length and functional athleticism to  match up fine on the perimeter, particularly on the wing
  • Can be a factor in the passing lanes and chip in as a help defender
  • Willing rebounder on the wing
  • A competitive, energetic player “who gives it his all on the court”

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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NBA Draft Player Profile: Ja’Kobe Walter