The Kings have signed all three of their selections from the 2020 NBA Draft – Tyrese Haliburton, Jahmi’us Ramsey, and Robert Woodard.
Read ahead for the COMPLETE – Sacramento Kings draft breakdown by Sactown Crown Report.
Kings NEW general manager Monte McNair has a vision, an ivy league degree, and multiple years of experience working his way up in the Houston Rockets front office ranks.
Read ahead to learn more about the three Sacramento Kings NBA Draft selections and MORE!
In This Article
- 2020 Kings Draft Selection Player Breakdown
- Stockton Kings G-League Update
- Speculation, Opinions, Stats, History, More!
2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Breakdown
Guard/Wing – 12th Overall Pick – Iowa State
Full breakdown of Haliburton’s future.
With the 12th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Tyrese Haliburton – 6’5″, 175 lbs, 7′ wingspan – guard from Iowa State University.
For Kings fans experiencing chronic draft day anxiety – KHTK 1140 reported Haliburton saying,
“Sacramento is the perfect spot for me… I’m ready to get to work right away.”
HALIBURTON ‘SLIPS’ TO SACTOWN
I saw many mock drafts that had Haliburton in the top 6 selections.
The Iowa State Cyclone played two seasons in college.
During the COVID shortened 2019-20 season, the sophomore Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 1 steal per game. He shot 50% FG, 40% 3pt FG and 82% free throws.
HIGH PRAISE FOR HALIBURTON
Former NBA assistant GM Bobby Marks, currently an NBA draft analyst for ESPN, was live on the ESPN NBA Draft TV coverage praising Haliburton.
Marks mentioned that Haliburton is the best pre-draft interview he has been part of during his 25 years working in the NBA and at ESPN.
Live on ESPN, Marks also went on to say that he thinks Haliburton will be in the league for 15 years.
Haliburton College Highlight Video
40th overall selection (2nd round) – Mississippi State
Robert Woodard is a hustle and defensive machine. What Woodard currently lacks in offensive refinement – he makes up for with effort, intensity, and high IQ play.
Woodard has the ability to guard multiple positions. Measuring in at 6’7″, 235lbs, 7’1″ wingspan – Woodard has good defensive footwork, IQ, and a drive to be successful on the defensive end.
In his sophomore season at Mississippi State, Woodard averaged 11.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and just over 1 steal per game.
To be successful in the NBA, Woodard needs to work on his offensive skills and confidence. He doesn’t need to be a volume shooter or necessarily need to create his own shot to be successful in the NBA. Woodard will be successful working on his catch and shoot 3’s, and mid-range game – while being a defensive-minded, high IQ, hustle player!
43rd overall selection (2nd round) – Texas Tech
Ramsey is a confident player, who is looking to score.
He can score from all three levels – at the rim, in the mid-range, and from deep. The Texas Tech product is confident, has a strong body, above average offensive footwork/moves for his age.
On the offensive end, Ramsey needs to improve his shot selection, and discipline. Gaining experience, high-quality coaching, and an opportunity to play will help Ramsey on the offensive end.
As a freshman at Texas Tech, Ramsey averaged over 15 ppg.
On the defensive end, Ramsey needs to work on his defensive technique, footwork, and effort. The tape I’ve seen shows him often biting on shot fakes, being over-aggressive, and out of the system.
As Ramsey gains more experience, and NBA level coaching, that level of tenacity and aggression on defense will serve him well!
I am not completely sure of who can be sent to the G-League, per their contract, how often, etc. BUT I could see Ramsey BALLIN’ in the 209 for the Stockton Kings.
Jahmi’us Ramsey College Highlight Video
Link to complete list of 2020 NBA Draft selections
- Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) became the NBA G League as part of a multi-year expanded partnership between the NBA and Gatorade.
The Stockton Kings are the Sacramento Kings NBA G-League affiliate team. Stockton finished the COVID shortened 2019-20 regular season as G-League Pacific Division Champs – fifth seed in the western conference.
Stockton finished the 2019-20 season at 24-19 – before the G-League season and playoffs were canceled on March 12th.
Graduation Rate HIGH in Stockton
In regards to producing NBA players, the Stockton Kings have been one of the best G-League teams over the past few seasons.
Stockton is tied for first with Sioux Falls in the category of ‘unique player call ups’ with eight. And rank second in the league in ‘non-parent call ups’ with six.
See how the Stockton Kings rank amongst the other G-League franchises.
2020-21 G-League Season On The Rocks
The prospect for a 2020-21 G-League season is not looking great.
From an article by Slam Magazine written on 10/15/20,
According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, there may not be a 2020-21 season for the G League due to the Coronavirus crisis. According to industry sources, there have been discussions of various scenarios for a G–League campaign, including not holding one at all and expanding NBA rosters instead.
There is some chatter that there may be a G-League bubble put on for a few weeks at a time. This has been rumored to keep players active, and potentially ready to be called up to the ‘big leagues’.
G-League/NBA Two–Way Contracts
In 2017 each NBA team was granted two extra roster spots with the addition of G-League two-way contracts. That raised the number of NBA roster spots from 15 to 17.
- NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.
- Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league.
- Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier can sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
Last season the Kings ‘ two-way players’ were Kyle Guy and Da’Quan Jeffries. Guy is still on a two-way contract this season for the Kings.
Jeffries showed his NBA ability during the ‘bubble’ and earned a three year NBA contract from the Kings in the offseason!
In later articles, I will dive deeper into the G-League, the rich hoops roots of the Reno Bighorns, and the bright future of the G-League and Stockton Kings.
It will be a fun preseason schedule for the Sacramento Kings and their rabid fanbase.
The Kings start their preseason action on Friday 12/11 at 7:30 pm against the Portland Trailblazers.
Sacramento Kings 2020-21 Preseason
Regular Season Schedule
The last time the franchise made the playoffs was in 2006. That was a team comprised of a ballin’ Bonzi Wells, a young Kevin Martin, and the veteran point guard Mike Bibby.
Personally, I am excited to see how the Kings ‘young core’ of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III has improved upon this offseason. I am also excited to see how the new free agents and rookies will be utilized.