The ESPN DDL live mock first-round mock draft is in the books. I represented the Kings. You can read the chat transcript here.The results...Cavs - Kyrie Irving
Wolves - Derrick Williams
Jazz - Brandon Knight
Cavs - Enes Kanter
Raptors - Kemba Walker
Wizards - Kawhi Leonard...
The rumor mill is in full tilt tonight, with Yahoo! front man Adrian Wojnarowski leading the charge. Is there a possible blockbuster trade looming between the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs involving All-Star guard Tony Parker?
The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about ...
Left: Mark Payne, Right: Kevin Galloway
Two local kids were the center of attention for media at today's draft workout at the Kings practice facility. But it was Andrew Goudelock of Charleston who stood out of the final group of six to come through Sacramento. Along with Goudelock was Sacramento's Kevin Galloway of Texas Southern and Stockton's Mark Payne of UC Davis. Also participating was Spanish small forward Xavi Rabaseda and guards Jacob Pullen of Kansas State and Julyan Stone of UTEP. Goudelock has a chance of being drafted as a late first to second round pick, but the rest of these prospects are fighting for their basketball lives.Videos and analysis after the jump.
Kings VP of Basketball Ops Geoff Petrie discusses the Kings pre-draft process following today's workout.
Left - David Lighty, Right - Matt Howard
With draft season winding down, the another group of six came in Monday to show the Kings brass what they have to offer. Highlighting the group was a Matt Howard of the two time runner-up Butler Bulldogs and David Lighty of Ohio State. For the first time this draft season, all six players were seniors, which certainly helped the structured level of competition on the floor. Joining Howard and Lighty were guards D.J. Gay and Corey Fisher, swingman Gilbert Brown and the long armed Papa Dia.Videos and analysis after the jump....
From left to right: Malcolm Thomas, Josh Selby and Xavier Silas
Yesterday, the Kings brought Kansas' Josh Selby, Texas' Cory Joseph, Georgetown's Austin Freeman, Northern Illinois' Xavier Silas and San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas for a Father's Day workout. I usually leave the analysis to James, since he has a much keener eye when it comes to picking up on nuances and tendencies of these prospects than I do. But since he was unable to attend, I'll share a few of my thoughts on the prospects along with video of the post-workout interviews....
UPDATED (4:30 PM) : Cleveland State's Norris Cole has pulled out of tomorrow's workout at the Sacramento Kings practice facility. According to a Kings press release, he withdrew due to an injury from a previous workout. Taking his place is Texas Southern's Kevin Galloway, a Sacramento-native ...
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 – Salt City Hoops
#4 – Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers – Cavs The Blog
#5 – Kemba Walker, Toronto Raptors – Raptors Republic
#6 – Enes Kanter, Washington Wizards – 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.
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....
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.