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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Pick Harrison Barnes

The Sacramento Kings still have no idea what they'll do with their pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Despite having the fifth pick, Sacramento might see all the players they want slip from their fingers, and that could leave them having to figure out who they actually want at the end of the day.

The SB Nation bloggers have come together and collaborated on the latest mock from the mothership, and it has the Kings taking North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes to shore up a deep position of need. Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty explains why Barnes fits the Kings with the fifth spot and how he could help improve Sacramento as a basketball team.

Y'all done messed up now, because with the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select Harrison Barnes. There are three things that the Kings sorely missed in 2011-12: defense (anywhere on the floor), deep shooting and a passable small forward. Barnes figures to fill two of those holes within a couple of years. He also allows Tyreke Evans to move back to the backcourt, where he's better-suited. If Jimmer Fredette finds his NBA range (and sticks with it), you have potentially two killer shooters available, a good balance for the team's pick-and-roll master (Isaiah Thomas) and slasher extraordinaire (Evans).

Drummond was not considered seriously here, and Jared Sullinger would have been before his back injury. John Henson is considered the official runner-up.


Discuss Barnes with Kings fans by heading on over to Sactown Royalty. Talk about Barnes with North Carolina fans by checking out Carolina March.

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