2011-2012 stats: 10.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 2.7 BPG
Height-Weight: 6'10", 270 lbs
Pro Comparison: Tyson Chandler
Even though they haven't been making a ton of noise, it seems as if the Sacramento Kings are headed in the right direction. With that said, this will be a very important selection for the franchise.
The pick should come down to Connecticut's big man Andre Drummond and North Carolina's swingman Harrison Barnes. Quite frankly, neither would be the wrong pick.
As a legitimate scoring threat in the ACC, Barnes would give Sacramento a more established talent. The Kings could be getting a steal in a guy who was considered the No. 1 overall selection had he declared for last year's draft.
But if we've learned anything over the past four seasons, it's that size matters. And being that they are in the same division as the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kings should know that as well as anyone.
That's why I'll opt for Drummond as the pick.
Drummond is anything but a finished product. He has great size and skill to become a highly feared defensive force at the next level. His less-than-impressive offense, however, may have teams shying away from the 6'10" prospect.
If the Kings are devoted to building a winner, they should roll the dice on Drummond becoming a poor man's Dwight Howard. He'll be a nice complement to DeMarcus Cousins and give the Lakers' Andrew Bynum a tough job in those Pacific division games.
Sacramento took their chances on a highly potent big man in Cousins and may very well do the same this go-round.
1. Harrison Barnes: He could start at the 3 from day one.
2. Trade: The Kings could find a trade partner in Charlotte to leapfrog Washington for Thomas Robinson.