NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Is anyone’s ceiling higher than Anthony Edwards?

Anthony Edwards, #5, Georgia Bulldogs, (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Anthony Edwards, #5, Georgia Bulldogs, (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /
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Desmond Bane, TCU, NBA Draft
Desmond Bane, #1, TCU Horned Frogs, (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

Wing. Sacramento Kings. Desmond Bane. 12. player. 84.

The Kings appear to have plenty of depth right now, but they could see much of it depart this summer with Harry Giles’, Kent Bazemore’s and Alex Len’s contracts expiring, Bogdan Bogdanovic hitting restricted free agency and Jabari Parker holding a player option. Bogdanovic is by far the most important player in that group and seems like he might be the hardest to hold onto given the price tag.

Bane would have a long way to go before he’s ready to completely fill Bogdanovic’s shoes (should he depart) but he’s tantalizing as a shooter and secondary creator, and even as a rookie he might be the best wing defender on the roster. Bane played four years at TCU and will be 22 when next season starts, which could tamp down assessments of his upside. But he’s a strong defender who made 43.3 percent of 575 career college 3-point attempts. He improved tremendously as a creator over his four years in college but even if that doesn’t translate to the next level, he’s a useful piece.