The Kings used the fifth pick on Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson.
Robinson averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in leading the Jayhawks to the National Championship game, where Kansas lost to Kentucky.
Some would argue Robinson is best prepared to help a team immediately after spending three seasons at Kansas.
Robinson was projected to go as high second to Charlotte, but the Bobcats opted for small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, which led to Robinson sliding to five.
"The teams that skipped past me didn't need me at their position and the Kings took a chance on me and took me at five," Robinson said. "And I'm going to make the best of that."
The All-American forward is known for his toughness and has been compared to David West.
The Kings entered the draft looking for help at power forward and small forward and Robinson (6-9, 240) was generally rated the second best power forward available behind first overall pick Anthony Davis.