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2022 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Dust settles on an unpredictable class

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The Sacramento Kings are in an incredibly awkward spot in this draft—the clear-cut best player available at this point in my eyes is Jaden Ivey, but if I’m in the Sacramento Kings’ front office in this scenario, I’m doing everything in my power to move up one spot for Jabari Smith Jr. He would be a perfect complementary piece on a team that's looking to start winning as soon as possible and desperately needs more shooting and defense.  

In this scenario, though, Smith is no longer on the board, in which case I think the Kings need to avoid overthinking things and go with the best remaining player in Ivey. His fit next to De’Aaron Fox is quite a bit better than advertised considering he will likely be most effective early in his career as an off-ball guard with an established lead guard on the team. Considering he’ll also have a frontcourt facilitator in Domantas Sabonis at his disposal, Ivey should get many opportunities to let it fly from three and score off cuts to the rim. 

Am I in love with this fit? No. But reaching for a less-talented player on the wing isn’t particularly advisable in this situation either. Even so, given the unpredictability of the Kings in the draft, I expect several other players to be in consideration here including Keegan Murray, Shaedon Sharpe, Bennedict Mathurin, and Johnny Davis, particularly after some recent rumors suggest that Ivey doesn’t want to play in Sacramento