NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings To Select SF Harrison Barnes With No. 5 Pick

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20: Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the second half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The latest mock draft has the Sacramento Kings taking North Carolina SF Harrison Barnes in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.

It's no secret that the Sacramento Kings need a small forward, so it makes sense that the latest mock draft coming from Sheridan Hoops has the Kings taking one with the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Staff writer Joe Kotoch has the Kings taking North Carolina product Harrison Barnes, who profiles as the small forward the team desperately needs. Here is Kotoch's take on the pick.

"One Eastern Conference GM described Barnes as being a great 3rd option in the NBA, especially if he is paired with a point guard who can facilitate and a big that can score in the post. In Sacramento, playing with DeMarcus Cousins could allow Barnes to flourish."

Kotoch also has the Kings taking Duke center Miles Plumlee in the second round.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Sacramento Kings, head on over to the best blog anywhere, Sactown Royalty. For more on the NBA Draft in general, make sure that you check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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