24. Sacramento Kings choose Kris Murray
The Kings snapped a 16-year playoff drought, but they were not satisfied with a first-round exit at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Sacramento plans on returning next season and making their first deep postseason run since 2004. To do that, the Kings will need more talent and a bit of luck.
Expect Sacramento to select someone ready to contribute immediately. They will likely target a wing that can help them space the floor and guard multiple positions.
Kris Murray is the near-consensus pick in mock drafts. He is the twin brother of Kings forward Keegan Murray. Kris decided to stay for a third year at Iowa where he was dominant as Keegan was a first-team All-Rookie in the NBA. Kris averaged 20.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks in college last season, but he profiles as more of a 3-and-D wing at the next level.
The 22-year-old is comfortable playing his role and should make an immediate impact. Murray is 6’8 with a seven-foot wingspan. He can guard multiple positions and sink open shots. He should seamlessly fit playing next to his twin brother in Sacramento, and the Kings hope Kris Murray is still on the board at 24 overall.