Three Kings First-Round Picks Developing in Reno

By Kerry Bretti | December 13, 2016

The Kings went the international route with the 13th pick of the NBA Draft, selecting 19-year-old Greek center Georgios Papagiannis, and they were far from done. A pair of Draft Night trades landed them two more first-round picks that they used to add Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson and Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere to the mix.

All three are now playing with the Kings’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. While the team is struggling, the organization has seen positive signs out of their young trio.

Papagiannis, the youngest on the team, has played six games with the Bighorns and one game with the Kings. With Reno, Papagiannis has posted averages of 10.0 points, a team-leading 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game.

Watch Papagiannis’ November highlights:

Richardson has played 11 games with Reno and twice with the Kings. He leads the Bighorns in points per game with 21.o (13th in the league) and minutes played with 35.0. Richardson also ranks No. 4 in the league in free throws made per game (6.5). He scored a personal best 32 points against Rio Grande Valley on December 11.

Watch Richardson’s November highlights:

Watch Richardson drop 32 against RGV:

Labissiere has also played 11 games with Reno while only appearing once with the Kings. With the Bighorns, he has averaged 14.3 points in 29.3 minutes per game. He trails Papagiannis for second among the team’s top rebounders, averaging 6.8 per game.

Watch Labissiere’s November highlights:

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