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.
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.
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 ...
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).
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).
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Jimmer Fredette & Kemba Walker
The Utah Jazz hold the no. 3 overall selection in this year's NBA Draft. And who they pick dictates how the rest of the 2011 draft shapes up. Their choice is especially of interest to Sacramento because like the Kings, Utah is considering a point guard with their first selection.
Today's workout in Salt Lake City featured the first and only match-up so far between Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker, both guards battling for top positions in the draft. According to the tweets from Utah, the workout had more of a Playoff vibe to it than your usual workout.
Via Salt Lake City Tribune's Steve Luhm on Twitter
By my count, there are 37 media members in the press room waiting for the end of Jimmer-Kemba. Easily more than a first-round playoff series
After the jump
are some quotes, along with audio from KFAN 1320 sports radio
from the post-workout media availability.
With the NBA Draft just one week away, we're ramping up the podcast schedule. How will it all play out before the Kings make their selection with the seventh overall pick? To sort through all the draft chatter we're hearing, we welcomed Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick
to the show.
Tune-in after the jump.
- On Leonard: "The personality and the life story, that's part of why he's moving up the board because he's got an ego in a sense that he's confident about himself, but he's not a young guy that's going to come in saying that 'man I can't wait to get my 12, 13 shots.' He just wants to fit in, work hard and be a good NBA player."
- On Kings scouting: "I was told that three different members - Geoff Petrie, Wayne Cooper & Shareef Abdur-Rahim I think it was, had all made separate trips to see Jan Vesley, which I think tells you something (about their interest). But there's similar stories about Kawhi."
- And as far as Brandon Knight working out against JimmerFredette & Kemba Walker before next Thursday? Sam doesn't see it happening