4. Sacramento Kings — Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
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The lottery balls were kind to the Sacramento Kings who will be picking in the top-4 for the first time since selecting Marvin Bagley No. 2 overall back in ’18. It’s a great spot for a team building around guard-big pairing of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. By most accounts, the 2022 class is heavily weighted towards the top-4 prospects — Smith, Banchero, Holmgren, and Purdue guard Jaden Ivey.
Ivey has the best playmaking skills in the draft. Pairing him alongside an athletic guard like De’Aaron Fox could make for a dynamic backcourt duo that will constantly put pressure on opposing defenses. Ivey is lightning fast with the ball, and can make passes on the run with either hand. With the floor spacing granted in the NBA, Ivey will feast at the rim consistently.
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