For better or worse, Sacramento is locked into the duo of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. That alone won’t be enough to force their way back to the playoffs and conclude the longest postseason drought in league history. So it’s time to swing for the fences, and Shaedon Sharpe is the best option for anyone willing to take a risk for a shot at excellence.
Though he never played, Shaedon Sharpe spent his only college season at the University of Kentucky preparing for the NBA Draft. Essentially, Sharpe missed out on a year of competitive basketball, meaning he’s in contention for the most confounding player of the class. However, what we’ve seen from Sharpe is marvelous. He is a slithering, slashing, detonating hybrid between a wing and guard who exemplifies many of the offensive qualities that teams desire in the modern league.
Sharpe jumps like he has rockets strapped to his sneakers, soaring above the rim to punch elaborate dunks, pin ill-advised shots, or snatch rebounds over players twice his size. For as exciting as those antics might be, Sharpe is much more than his vertical. At times, he showcased a shooting range that cannot be taught—only possessed. Even more frightening, he’s got the bag of moves and the handle required to generate space and let it fly.
If he played in college, we might be talking about the top four of this class as a top five. However, Sharpe is a relative unknown to anyone who doesn’t trust what’s been shown at the high school level.
Should his pre-draft workouts and combine appearance go over well, there’s a shot he’ll jump to the top of this class. As such, the GM who picks him is going to carry themselves with the nervous enthusiasm of a child who woke up too early on Christmas morning. For the sake of Sacramento Kings fans, let’s hope this year’s present ends up being closer to their long-coveted bicycle than a stocking full of coal.