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Sources: Sacramento Kings Host Four 2024 NBA Draft Prospects

Jun 6, 2024, 12:57 PM | Updated: 12:57 pm

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Carlton Carrington #7 of the Pittsburgh Panthers handles the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Semifinals of the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 15, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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With the 2024 NBA Draft growing near, draft prospects continue visiting teams. The Sacramento Kings have flexibility, owning the 13th and 45th picks to add young talent to their roster.

On Wednesday, the Kings hosted Dillon Jones (Weber State), Trey Alexander (Creighton), Carlton “Bub” Carrington (Pittsburgh), and Kyshawn George (Miami), a league source told Sactown Sports 1140.

George is the only player taller than 6’5, as teams often like to see players go against competition of similar stature and position in predraft workouts. While Sacramento has a slew of guards of their current roster, things can change quickly with the constant movement of the league.

Part of the draft process is considering all possible options, and initially building relationships with talents joining the NBA could be helpful years down the line.

Here are the basics on the four players Sacramento worked out on Wednesday.

Dillon Jones (Weber State) – 6’4.5″ w/o Shoes | 6’11” Wingspan | 22.6 years

Jones is an atypical prospect, playing a physical brand of basketball on both sides of the ball. His versatile production led to him winning the 2023-24 Big Sky MVP in his senior season. He averaged 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists on 48.9 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three, and 85.7 percent on free throws.

Standing around 6’6 with shoes, he breaks down defenders off the dribble with a nice handle and physicality, doing most of his scoring harm within the arc while also finding teammates when appropriate.

Questions revolve around his role at the next level. He may not be quick enough to defend most smaller NBA guards, and he knocked down 32.4 percent of his 3.4 attempts per game. His well-rounded potential is intriguing if he can adequately adjust to the wing and improve as an off-ball, spot-up shooter.

Most draft experts project Jones as a second-rounder, where Sacramento owns the 45th pick.

Trey Alexander (Creighton) – 6’3.25 w/o Shoes | 6’10.5″ Wingspan | 21 years

Known as a high-IQ player with a promising three-point shot, Alexander finished fifth in points per game in the Conference during his junior year at Creighton. He averaged 17.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists on 44.6 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three, and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line.

In his sophomore season, Alexander made 41.0 percent of his 4.4 three-point attempts per game. His conversion rate at the charity stripe and mid-range looks suggest promise in that aspect, whether that be on or off the ball initially.

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After Ryan Nembhard moved to Gonzaga, Alexander became the primary focal point of Creighton’s offense and improved his playmaking. Although he lacks exceptional athleticism, he utilizes his understanding of the game and skillset to remain effective.

His 6’10 wingspan pests on-ball defenders, often being assigned to the opposing team’s best perimeter creator — but don’t expect that to initially be the case at the next level, given the jump in talent. Most project him as an average to below-average on-ball defender, but the tools are intriguing.

Being able to create his shot (and others) at the NBA level is a different beast, but the 21-year-old has a promising build and skillset to make an impact potentially.

Carlton “Bub” Carrington (Pittsburgh) – 6’3.8″ w/o Shoes | 6’8 Wingspan | 18.9 years

Bub Carrington, who turns 19 in July, is the youngest high-level college player in the class. While that may not fit Monte McNair’s draft profile up to this point, his potential skillset could complement De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, and Keegan Murray.

Improving his stock significantly throughout the regular season, specifically toward the end of Pitt’s season. Throughout his freshman year, Carrington averaged 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists on 41.2 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three, and 78.5 percent from the free throw line.

A promising shot-creator with above-average passing and improved defense throughout the season, the first-round talent he possesses is apparent. A guard able to create above the break from the range with the aforementioned complimentary aspects could be a lottery-level talent. Still, it’s expected to be a process, given his youth.

Kyshawn George (Miami) | 6’7″ w/o shoes | 6’10.25 Wingspan | 20.5 years

Yet another freshman is expected to require some patience, but his talent can be hard to overlook. During his lone season at Miami, George tallied 7.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 42.6 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from three, and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line in 31 games.

His length could benefit a Sacramento team that is lacking in that aspect. His intrigue mainly seems to come on the offensive end of the floor as a high-IQ player with exceptional shooting. He projects to fit well within Mike Brown’s “Point 5” offense — wanting his players to make decisions in half a second or less to maintain any created advantage.

Functioning as a connector who also shoots well from range both on and off the ball, the promise is clear. However, his length may only get him so far on the defensive end if more strength, footwork, and discipline develop over time. His handling and self-creation are other aspects that limit his projected ceiling.

That being said, he’s a younger prospect who hypothetically could project into the ideal role player Sacramento needs.  A willingness to bet is another question, aided by what the Kings have gathered in the pre-draft process regarding George and the others who reportedly were in Sacramento this week.

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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