2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks dream draft choice falls, Rockets shock at 4

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24. Sacramento Kings choose Kris Murray

The Sacramento Kings just broke the league’s longest playoff drought, and they are eager to remain in contention after finishing third in the Western Conference. With Harrison Barnes headed into free agency, Sacramento will likely be searching for a 6’8 forward that can play a role immediately at 24.

After Keegan Murray’s strong rookie year, it just makes sense for the Kings to target his twin brother in this year’s draft. The 22-year-old will likely slip into the late first round, and the Kings may be eagerly waiting to select him.

Kris Murray is 6’8 with a seven-foot wingspan, and he profiles as a 3-and-D wing option for whatever team lands him on June 22. He can guard multiple positions, knock down jumpers off the catch, and has a high basketball IQ. Murray will be ready to slot into the rotation immediately, and he is comfortable playing his role on both ends of the floor.

The Kings finished 24th in defensive rating last season, despite their success. They need to upgrade their defense to make a deep playoff run. What better way than getting a 6’8 wing on a rookie contract that is eager to join the team? Expect Kris Murray to go in the late first round and many believe he will wind up playing next to his brother in Sacramento.