JaKarr Sampson was an integral part of St. John's lineup in 2013. After averaging 13 points and six rebounds in his sophomore season, Sampson announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft. Since he is not necessarily a highly sought-after prospect in the Draft, most likely a long-shot second round pick, his fate lies in his own hands.
After participating in the Draft Combine and working out for the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings in the months leading up to the draft, Sampson is continuing his work to try to turn the heads of NBA scouts.
If JaKarr is able to put himself in the position to get picked up by an NBA team, here are a few scenarios that could work well for the Red Storm standout:
Sacramento Kings: The Kings have taken an interest in Sampson after Duke forward Rodney Hood backed out of a workout in Sacramento and JaKarr took his place. The Kings do not necessarily have a lack of depth at the power forward position. Derrick Williams is the starter and the talent behind Williams is somewhat lackluster. Sacramento could use a long, versatile player like Sampson to provide more quality backup options to Williams. With a quality center in DeMarcus Cousins, Sampson would make an excellent addition at the four spot and would further fortify the Kings frontcourt.
Los Angeles Clippers: While the Clippers have one of the best power forwards in the league in Blake Griffin, Los Angeles would be an excellent place for Sampson to develop from the bench. Playing behind Griffin would give Sampson the time to hone his skills without the pressure of fighting for a starting spot. The only issue with Sampson landing in Los Angeles is the possibility that the Clippers will draft 6-foot-10 Michigan center Mitch McGary who is similar in size and is perhaps more skilled in the post than Sampson.
Miami Heat: Though it's mostly speculation at this point, it is likely that forward Chris Bosh will be leaving during the offseason and someone will need to come in and fill his role. Current backup power forward Chris Andersen has opted out of his deal in Miami and decided to become a free agent, leaving a real opportunity for up-and-coming talent like JaKarr Sampson. If Bosh does ultimately leave the Heat, Sampson could be a steal for Erik Spoelstra and would be a nice piece in what would be a major rebuilding effort in Miami.