Kings go big, taking Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft

Intense Marvin Bagley III on the court at Duke Photo: @sacramentokings

By Charlie O. Mallonee

The Sacramento Kings did not go off script on Thursday in the 2018 NBA Draft. When it was time for them to make the number two overall selection in the draft, the Kings wasted no time taking power forward Marvin Bagley III, a freshman from Duke. At 6-foot-11 and 234 pounds, Bagley is the prototype of the new big man in the NBA.

Bagley was a 2017-18 consensus First Team All-American. He was named NABC National Freshman of the Year and NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year. Bagley was named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

“I’m just too excited right now,” Bagley said after being selected by the Kings. “I can’t even describe the feeling I’m feeling right now. A lot of emotions running through me, seeing my family out there, happy for me, and friends that came. This has been great.”

“I’m super excited to get started with this franchise and keep it going and keep building,” said the newest member of the Sacramento Kings.

Vlade Divac on his new player

Bagley by the numbers in 2017-18

  • Played 33 games
  • Averaged 33.9 minutes per game
  • Averaged 21.0 points per game
  • 61.4 field goal shooting percentage (hitting 270-of-440 attempts)
  • 39.7 percent 3-point shooter (23-for-58)
  • 62.7 free throw shooting percentage (131-of-209)
  • 11.1 rebounds per game
  • 1.5 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, 0.9 blocks per game

More on Bagley III

Playing with intensity Photo: @DukeMBB
  • Bagley is one of three players in ACC history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. The other two players were Clemson’s Horace Grant and Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan (that’s not bad company).
  • Second player in ACC history to be named both ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
  • Set the Duke record for points, scoring average, rebounds, rebounding average, double-doubles, 30-point games and 20/10 games.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Strengths
    • Runs the floor well, which leads to easy baskets
    • Good finisher in a crowd and can elevate for lobs (that should make D’Aaron Fox happy)
    • Finishes strong around the basket and possesses a soft touch
    • Can play facing the basket and has a nice shooting range
  • Weaknesses
    • He is not a great defender — has a tendency to be a “ball watcher”
    • Bagley is lefthand dominate and almost always finishes on his left. That will have to change at the next level.
    • He has a flat jumper and hits only 39.7-percent from 3-point range.
    • Bagley is just a 62.7-percent free throw shooter (a potential “hack-a-player” candidate)

Who does Bagley compare to?

The experts say Bagley III is very comparable to Amar’e Stoudemire. He can run the floor, do damage at the basket and struggles on defense.

Stoudemire in Israel
Stoudemire is still playing in Israel Photo: @Amareisrael

Kings Second-Round Pick: So long!

The Kings drafted Duke guard Gary Trent Jr. with the number 37 overall pick in the draft and within five minutes traded him to Portland for two future second-round draft selections.

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