2019 NBA Draft Grades: Kings' Three Selections Receive Middling Reviews

While Damian Lillard was dissing the Kings' top pick from last year, Sacramento was busy making three selections Thursday night in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The Kings made calls on picks Nos. 40, 55 and 60. With their three second-round selections, they added Wyoming small forward Justin James, Virginia point guard Kyle Guy, and shooting guard Vanja Marinkovic out of Serbia. 

One thing is clear: The Kings seeked shooters and grabbed them in the draft. But how will they translate to the NBA?

Many outlets only grade the first round of the draft, but here's how two view the Kings' new trio. 

Kings draft picks

Second round (No. 40 overall from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland): Justin James, SF, Wyoming
Second round (No. 55 overall from New York via Houston): Kyle Guy, PG, Virginia
Second round (No. 60 overall from Milwaukee): Vanja Marinkovic, SG, Serbia


CBS Sports
Grade: James (B), Guy (B), Marinkovic (C)
What they're saying on James: "Sacramento is getting a productive four-year college player in James who averaged a conference-high 22.1 points per game last season in the Mountain West. While his efficiency is a concern, his scoring instincts are not." 
What they're saying on Guy: "The Kings are getting a proven winner who led Virginia to a national title while leading the team in scoring."
What they're saying on Marinkovic: "Is Marinkovic a good pick? Time will tell. But he's more of the same for the Kings, who drafted two wings earlier in the draft at the same position and virtually the same size."

Grade: James (D-), Guy (C-), Marinkovic (C)
What they're saying on James: "I don't see this guy as someone who can stick in the league. There were 50 better options here."
What they're saying on Guy: "Kyle Guy can shoot and that seems to be a hot commodity in this draft. I just don't see who he guards at the next level though."
What they're saying on Marinkovic: N/A

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