Louis King is fast becoming a fan favorite of many. The 6’8.5” wing from Oregon boasts a 7’ wingspan and talent for days. His physical size, strength, and ability are what coaches dream about. King can play the 3 and the 4 but may even be able to take minutes at the 2 depending on matchup.
Last season he led the Ducks in points per game and rebounds per game shooting 43.5% from the field and 38.6% from deep. He has a great jumper and fluid movement throughout the court.
His defense leaves something to be desired but all of the length and physical traits are there to be a plus defender. Being relied on so heavily on the offensive end, King looked like he was conserving energy on defense, but that may be wishful thinking.
Why he’s available in the second round: Injuries robbed him of the first portion of the season which means there was less exposure and less scouting available. King also lacks the polish to his game and will require coaching, personal effort, and patience to realize his potential at the NBA level.
Honestly, not every team is willing to do that.
Why he’s a good fit for the Mavs: Again, with 5.3 boards, he led his team in rebounds per game, and a strong rebounder on the wing is exactly what the Dallas Mavericks are looking for. He’s also an athletic and versatile wing that Rick Carlisle can play with in a variety of ways.
What he’ll provide as a rookie: He’s a shooter. Dallas can put him in as a rookie and Louis King will carry his weight. He lacks some decision making so you don’t want to always put the ball in his hands but he can execute, move off the ball, and should be a good option on the second unit with Jalen Brunson.