The Sacramento Kings announced today that they have selected three players in the 2017 NBA Draft to form a deep core of future NBA stars, including first-round picks Alec Peters and Anthony Morrow.
The Kings are the only team in the league to select three draft picks in the first round since the Kings were the first team to select a pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and they’ve gone on to draft five of the league’s six top-three picks since then.
The picks have helped the Kings become a perennial playoff team in their first year in Sacramento.
Peters and Morrow will both be unrestricted free agents after the season, and the Kings will be able to bring back a third-round pick if they make a trade or pick up an expiring contract.
Peters is expected to earn an average annual salary of around $7.3 million in the final season of his rookie deal.
He’s also expected to bring a strong offensive presence to the Kings, where he’ll likely play a major role in the frontcourt.
“We are excited to add Alec Peters to our Kings team and look forward to working with him to build a winning culture for this young team,” Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro said.
“He is an outstanding player who has a tremendous future ahead of him.
He will be a valuable addition to our young core, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
Peters, a 6-foot-8 center who averaged 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, was the NBA Rookie of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Month for January and February.
The 19-year-old Peters is also considered a top-five prospect in the 2018 class.
He is a 6’8, 265-pound power forward who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the fourth round (No. 67 overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
He was one of the top defensive prospects in the 2014 Draft class, and his 6.1 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game were all top-10 marks among prospects.
Morrow, who was ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 10 prospect in Indiana, was ranked as the best power forward prospect in all of college basketball by the Associated Press.
He averaged 14.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest for the Indiana Hoosiers in 2014-15.
“It’s a privilege to join a franchise that is built on building on our past successes,” Morrow said.
“We look forward working with Alec Peters, who is a talented player with a tremendous amount of potential,” Kings President of Basketball Operations George Karl said.
The Kings will have the opportunity to make another strong splash in the next two years with the signing of the following players: Luka Doncic, who averaged 17.1 minutes per game for the UConn Huskies last season; DeAndre Daniels, a junior forward from the United States High School National Champions, who went undrafted; and Marcus Thompson, a senior forward from Wisconsin.
Doncic was selected in the second round (29th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft and has played in 19 NBA games.
He has averaged 15.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his first two seasons.
Daniels, who played in nine games last season for the Golden State Warriors, averaged 14 points and 4 rebounds per contest.
Thompson, who made two appearances for the Chicago Bulls last season and started three games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, is expected in camp as the team’s backup power forward.
The third-year guard is a 5-foot, 10-inch power forward from Oklahoma.
He went undrafted and signed with the Kings in 2015.
Daniels’ best season came in 2016-17, when he averaged 18.2 minutes per contest and was the team MVP.
He spent one season in the NBA Development League, where teams could use power forwards who could defend and rebound.
Daniels is also a good passer with good vision and can shoot the ball.
Thompson’s most recent NBA appearance came in the preseason last season when the Kings lost to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
He also played in seven games last year.
Doncics’ most notable highlight came last season as he averaged 10.3 points and 6.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per outing.
The forward has an NBA-ready frame with an athletic build, a 7-foot frame and long arms.
Doncsos versatility will make him a valuable contributor for the Kings.
Daniels, the team captain, is a power forward and will be an effective playmaker for the team.
Daniels averaged 12.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 2015-16 and is a solid rebounder and defender who can also score.
DonCsos game can also be a bit of a challenge, but he has shown the ability to make plays off the dribble