470 results for year: 2011

TrueHoop Network Mock Draft Pick 7: Kings select Kawhi Leonard

The 2011 ESPN TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft is here and I’m more than glad to represent the Kings with the seventh pick. Each selection will be made available on network sites, will cover just the first round, and will be made according to prediction, not some blogger preference. Enjoy. Previous Pick: Check back hourly for picks until 5 pm today, pick 11 will start at 8 am on Tuesday. #1 — Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — Cavs The Blog #2 – Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves – A Wolf Among Wolves #3 – Brandon Knight, Utah Jazz – <a href="http://www.saltcityhoops.com/truehoop-network-mock-draft-2011-pick-3-jazz-take-brandon-knight/" target="_blank">Salt City Hoops #4 – Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers – Cavs The Blog #5 – Kemba Walker, Toronto Raptors – <a href="http://raptorsrepublic.com/2011/06/20/the-raptors-select-kemba-walker-with-the-5th-pick-in-the-espn-truehoop-2011-mock-draft/" target="_blank">Raptors Republic #6 – Enes Kanter, Washington Wizards – <a href="http://www.truthaboutit.net/2011/06/wizards-select-enes-kanter-truehoop-network-mock-nba-draft-2011.html" target="_blank">Truth About It With the 7th pick in the 2011 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft, the Sacramento Kings select Kawhi Leonard from San Diego State University. There are two pressing needs with the Sacramento Kings. They need a backcourt mate to pair with the Reke-Thornton combination and they need someone who can play some stellar, asphyxiation–inducing defense. The three most likely candidates to fill one of these needs are Kemba Walker, Jimmer Fredette and Kawhi Leonard. With Kemba off the board to Toronto in this scenario, we’re left with Jimmer against Kawhi – just like we saw in the Mountain West Conference last season. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 7: Jerry Reynolds, Kings Analyst/Director of Player Personnel

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Bringing us an inside-perspective of the draft process for the Sacramento Kings is Director of Player Personnel and long-time color analyst, Jerry Reynolds. Highlights
  • Jerry shares his take on scouting today versus 20-plus years ago.
  • On Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette: "I think they're all good prospects.  I don't think any of them will fail in the NBA.  Now, are they the best prospects?  I'm not going to get into that.  But I think they certainly all perform well."
  • On the possibility of trading out of the pick: "I will say this, I don't see much interest in moving up, so to speak, considering this draft.  I think it'd be more likely to even move down.  But probably neither."
Tune-in after the jump. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Prospect Profile: Alec Burks, Klay Thompson and Co.

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Left - Klay Thompson, Right - Alec Burks

Another day, another six.  At their training facility today, the Kings matched-up Alec Burks and Klay Thompson, the two highest-rated shooting guards in the 2011 NBA Draft.  This wasn't the first time these two have worked out against each other in a pre-draft workout, but it was the first time the Kings had two lottery-bound prospects who play the same position go head-to-head.  Burks and Thompson headlined a group that also included small forwards Ravern Johnson and Jamine Peterson, as well as big men Greg Smith and Alex Stepheson. Video and analysis after the jump. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Prospect Profile: Kawhi and Co.

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Left - Kawhi Leonard, Right - Scotty Hopson

There's been a seismic belief shift on what could happen when the Kings pick next Thursday.  A week ago, Kawhi Leonard looked like a lock to fill the Kings' gaping hole at small forward.  That all changed when BYU's Jimmer Fredette rolled into town and turned heads.  Today was Leonard's chance to bring wandering eyes back his way. Leonard must show that he is the complete package and a true upgrade over Omri Casspi, Francisco Garcia and Donté Greene.  There is no doubt the Kings like Leonard (they have sent scouts to visit him at least three times).  But with Jimmermania sweeping Sacramento, can Kawhi make the impact he needs to get back into the mix at pick number seven? The Kings brought in an eclectic group of players of varying shapes and sizes.  Apparently, the Kings front office wanted to see Leonard perform against a variety of players.  Of the other players in town today, only Scotty Hopson is projected to be drafted. Video and analysis after the jump. ... More

Sunday and Monday workouts announced.

The Sacramento Kings have just sent out media advisories for both Sunday (June 19) and Monday (June 20).  12 more players will roll through Sacramento in their customary groups of six. A special Father's Day match-up on Sunday will feature Josh Selby (Kansas), Cory Joseph (Texas), Austin Freeman (Georgetown), Xavier Silas ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 6: Jonathan Givony, Draft Express

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Draft Express is one of the premieminent, if not top go-to sites for scouting potential NBA players.  So we were happy to welcome Jonathan Givony, president of DX, to the CK podcast and share his thoughts on this year's draft. Highlights
  • "At the beginning of next week, we're going to see one or two major trades happen, with massive salaries exchanged in preparation for the lockout. You know, getting out of some long term agreements before the new collective bargaining agreement kicks in.  And that's just going to throw a wrench in everything.  And we're just going have to go back to the beginning and change the order of the draft and start thinking about team needs.  And everything's just going to get blown to hell."
  • Givony references Chad Ford's story about Jan Vesely's workout for a few teams, including the Kings, in New Jersey this Sunday.
  • Givony believes Jimmer Fredette's best-case scenario is a former King.
Tune-in after the jump. ... More

First arena coalition meeting focuses on public-private partnership

  The first public meeting between members of the Here We Build coalition took place yesterday afternoon.  According to our friend and appointed committee member Blake Ellington, the meeting included a 30-minute presentation by Dan Barrett, founder and principal owner of Barrett Sports Group, LLC.  It is a firm ... More

Jason Thompson breaks toe.

The Sacramento Kings have just sent out an official press release regarding power forward Jason Thompson: JASON THOMPSON SUFFERS BONE FRACTURE IN RIGHT TOE SACRAMENTO, CA ---- X-rays taken yesterday at the UC Davis Sports Medicine Clinic revealed that Sacramento Kings’ forward Jason Thompson has a non-displaced ... More

Alec Burks and Klay Thompson confimed for Saturday.

Alec Burks and Klay Thompson will headline Saturdays six pack of players working for the Sacramento Kings.  They will be joined by Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State), Alex Stepheson (USC), Greg Smith (Fresno State), and once again, Jamine Peterson (Providence/NBDL's New Mexico Thunderbirds). Both Burks and Thompson are ... More

Kawhi Leonard confirmed for Friday.

Kawhi Leonard headlines another group of six prospects visiting Sacramento tomorrow.  Joining Leonard is Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky), Mickey McConnell (St. Mary's), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), and Jamine Peterson (Providence/NBDL's New Mexico Thunderbirds). Of this group, Kawhi Leonard is the ... More