Sactown Crown Report: Kings 2020 Draft Selection Player Breakdown & G-League UPDATE

By: Tom Witt – Twitter: @sactowncrown – 12/5/20

The Sacramento Kings are in what some would call a ‘re-build’. Kings fans have heard that phrase a FEW times before.

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.

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

  • Kings 2020 Draft Selection Player Breakdown
  • Stockton Kings G-League Update
  • Speculation, Opinions, Stats, History, More!

2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Selections:

The Kings have signed all three of their selections from the 2020 NBA Draft – Tyrese Haliburton, Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard.

Read more about all three players below!

Guard/Wing – Tyrese Haliburton – 12th Overall (1st round) – Iowa State

Check out my FULL BREAKDOWN of Haliburton and his bright future with the Kings HERE!

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.”

Tyrese Haliburton

HALIBURTON ‘SLIPS’ TO SACTOWN

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.

I saw MANY mock drafts that had Haliburton in the top 6 selections. Link HERE

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 25 years working in the NBA and at ESPN.

Live on ESPN, Marks also went on to say that he thinks he will be in the league for 15 years.

Check out my FULL BREAKDOWN of Haliburton and his bright future with the Kings HERE!

Forward/Wing – Robert Woodard – 40th overall selection (2nd rd.) – 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!

Guard – Jahmi’us Ramsey – 43rd overall selection (2nd rd.) – 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.

Link to complete list of 2020 NBA Draft selections

G-League Update

What is the G-League?

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) became the NBA G League as part of a multiyear 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 cancelled 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 for the G League due to the Coronavirus crisis. According to industry sources, there have been discussions of various scenarios for a GLeague 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 were 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.

From the G-League website:

  • 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 are able to 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 off season!

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.

Looking Ahead

Sacramento Kings 2020-21 Preseason

Regular Season Schedule

It will be a fun preseason for the Sacramento Kings and their rabid fanbase.

Personally, I am excited to see how the Kings ‘young core’ of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III has improved upon this off season. I am also excited to see how the new free agents and rookies will be utilized.

The Kings start their preseason action on Friday 12/11 at 7:30pm against the Portland TrailBlazers.

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

TWITTER – @sactowncrown
INSTAGRAM – @sactowncrownreport

Website – https://sactowncrownreport.com/

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32 years old - Pioneer, CA - When MJ retired in 1998 I received a Sacramento Kings Kids Club sign up sheet in the mail... and I've never looked back! GO KINGS!

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