The first three options seem certain

The first three options seem certain

FILE - Auburn striker Jabari Smith (10) reacts after scoring a three-pointer against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Ala Auburn.  Houston, Detroit and Orlando share the best chances of winning the draft lottery on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 and the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.  All three are already loaded with young players, even before the possibility of adding someone like Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero or Jabari Smith.  (AP Photo / Butch Dill, Archive)

Auburn striker Jabari Smith reacted after scoring a three-pointer against rival Alabama during an SEC match in February. Smith is expected to be the first player to enter the NBA draft on Thursday. (Butch Dill / Associated Press)

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.

Purdue's Jaden Ivey brings the ball back to Yale's court during a match last season.

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey is likely to be fourth in the NBA Draft on Thursday, but will the Sacramento Kings make the choice or trade it? (Morry Gash / Associated Press)

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.

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis leads against Rutgers.

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis drives against Rutgers during a game last season. (Adam Hunger / Associated Press)

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.

Memphis center Jalen Duren blocks a shot by Tennessee Tech John Petway.

Memphis center Jalen Duren blocks a shot by Tennessee Tech’s John Pettway during a game last season. (Karen Pulfer Focht / Associated Press)

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.

Ohio State forward EJ Liddell is working against the Malik Hall in Michigan.

Ohio State striker EJ Liddell is working in the post against Michigan State Malik Hall during a fight last season. (Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)

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.

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