2022 NBA Draft Rumors: “If I got drafted there, it wouldn’t be the worst option”

The Sacramento Kings are poised to pick fourth overall in the 2022 NBA draft, which takes place Thursday. One of the most popular prospects associated with this selection was Jaden Ivey, Purdue Boilermakers sophomore guard.

The top 3 picks in this year’s NBA draft are expected to include a combination of Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero. That would make electric guard Jaden Ivey the consensus best available player in this year’s draft. The problem is that the Sacramento Kings have already invested in their backcourt.

Ahead of the NBA draft, analysts have started speculating about the Kings. They’re wondering if they’re going to take Ivey, regardless of their backcourt situation. They also wonder if they will go in a different direction.

Ivey spoke to the media earlier today. He said he had no contact with the Kings. He went on to say that he believes it “wouldn’t be the worst option” if he were selected by Sacramento.

“If I was moved there, that wouldn’t be the worst option.”

Jaden Ivey said he had no contact with or worked for the Kings.

“If I was moved there, that wouldn’t be the worst option.”

Jaden Ivey said he had no contact with or worked for the Kings. “If I was moved there, that wouldn’t be the worst option.”


Purdue sophomore Jaden Ivey, a potential pick for the Sacramento Kings

Purdue's second guard Jaden Ivey
Purdue’s second guard Jaden Ivey

Many expect the top three of the 2022 NBA draft to be the “Big 3” prospects mentioned above. If those players were seated, it would mean that the draft could theoretically “start” with the Sacramento Kings fourth overall. Verdict is still out as to which direction the Kings will lean in as they have also been mentioned as a potential trade-back candidate.

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey may not be a positional ‘need’ for the Kings. However, the talented sophomore still possesses some of the greatest advantages of any player in this class. Ivey excels on court with an electrifying combination of athleticism and speed. The dangerous transitional threat has drawn many comparisons to Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant for coming down the mountain with aplomb and finishing over the edge.

Jaden Ivey on who he trained for: Just Detroit and Orlando.

Jaden Ivey on who he trained for: Just Detroit and Orlando.

Time will tell if the Sacramento Kings will choose to go down the best path available for players and pick someone with the star on top, which Ivey has. For now, it looks like the Kings will continue to be a mystery in the league. This is because the team was also heavily linked with Iowa Hawkeyes second forward Keegan Murray.

Ivey averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this year while shooting 46.0% from the field and 35.8% from three-point range.


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