The prevailing thought among NBA scouts is that there is a consensus in the top three for the draft, which will start at 5 p.m. PDT Thursday at Barclays Center in New York.
But starting with the fourth option, the draft could go in any direction.
This is because the Sacramento Kings have the fourth option and want to move it to a “NBA veteran” player, according to people familiar with the situation.
The New York Knicks, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks are interested in Sacramento’s fourth choice.
This is a look at how things can shake up in the first round. The Lakers and Clippers have no first round options.
1. Orlando: Jabari Smith, 19, PF, 6-10, Auburn
Although young, his size, height and athletic ability are interesting.
2. Oklahoma City: Chet Holggren, 20, F / C, 7-0, Gonzaga
Agile for his size, he can shoot and has good ball handling skills. Its weight (195 pounds) is alarming.
3. Houston: Paolo Bancero, 19, PF, 6-10, Duke
He is considered ready for the NBA. He can pass and score. But how much better can it be?
4. Sacramento: Jaden Ivey, 20, SG, 6-4, Purdue
He is aggressive and explosive. It is possible that the Kings will exchange the choice for a team that needs help in the backcourt.
5. Detroit: Shaedon Sharpe, 18, G, 6-6, Kentucky
Great fit next to point guard Cade Cunningham to give the Pistons a backyard of the future.
6. Indiana: Keegan Murray, 21, F, 6-8, Iowa
Nice mid-range game and can put the ball on the floor to score away from the drive.
7. Portland: Dyson Daniels, 19, G, 6-8, G League Ignite
He has very good point guard skills and is a very good defender, on and off the ball.
8. New Orleans: Benedict Mathurin, 19, G, 6-6, Arizona
He is a good size for a shooting guard and is a good defender.
9. San Antonio: Ousmane Dieng, 19, F, 6-9, France
He was impressive in training during the draft process, lifting him up.
10. Washington: Johnny Davis, 20, G, 6-5, Wisconsin
A slasher that is tough and can be defended, but needs to improve the three-pointer.
11. New York: AJ Griffin, 18, F, 6-6, Duke
Probably the best clean shooter in the draft, he is a natural scorer.
12. Oklahoma City: Blake Wesley, 19, G, 6-5, Notre Dame
He is super explosive with plenty of athleticism and scoring ability.
13. Charlotte: Jeremy Sochan, 19, F, 6-9, Baylor
Spreading his wings on seven legs helps him become a good defender.
14. Cleveland: Malaki Branham, 19, F, 6-5, Ohio State
He has a strong work ethic and ability to score in various ways.
15. Charlotte: Mark Williams, 20, C, 7-0, Duke
He was a top rim protector in the NCAA last season.
16. Atlanta: Jalen Duren, 18, C, 6-11, Memphis
Not a bad hoop protector, but the Hawks are probably willing to move that option.
17. Houston: Ochai Agbaji, 22, G / F, 6-5, Kansas
He is more of a small forward who needs to improve his ball handling skills.
18. Chicago: Tari Eason, 21, F, 6-8, Louisiana State
A defensive player who is raw offensively.
19. Minnesota: TyTy Washington, 20, G, 6-3, Kentucky
It could add depth to the Timberwolves’ talented backcourt.
20. San Antonio: Kennedy Chandler, 19, PG, 6-0, Tennessee
He is very fast and can score.
21. Denver: Jalen Williams, 21, G / F, 6-6, Santa Clara
His size and strength make him a good defender.
22. Memphis: MarJon Beauchamp, 21, F, 6-6, G League Ignite
Long and athletic, driver and slasher.
23. Philadelphia: Jaden Hardy, 19, G, 6-4, G League Ignite
He is a talented scorer with handles who can shoot the three-pointer.
24. Milwaukee: Nikola Jovic, 18, F, 6-10, Serbia
He has very good ball skills and is athletic.
25. San Antonio: EJ Liddell, 21, F, 6-7, Ohio State
Small power forward, but strong and tough.
26. Houston: Wendell Moore, 20, F, 6-5, Duke
He likes to drive in the cart.
27. Miami: Dalen Terry, 19, G, 6-7, Arizona
Good size for a point guard looking to pass first.
28. Golden State: Walker Kessler, 20, C, 7-1, Auburn
It’s size, but what does it matter to NBA champions?
29. Memphis: Patrick Baldwin, 19, F, 6-9, Milwaukee
It has the ability to be stretch-four.
30. Denver: John Butler, 19, F / C, 7-1, Florida State
It has a good shooting range for its size and length.
This story first appeared in the Los Angeles Times.