54 results for tag: 2011 NBA Draft

Derrick Williams’ summer league experiment achieved nothing

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Your morning cup o’ Kings: J.J. Hickson

So many youtube videos, so much time to watch them.  After adding John Salmons via trade and Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas through the draft, the Sacramento Kings consummated one last transaction before the lockout began on July 1st.  In what might be the NBA's last transaction for a long time, the Kings dealt popular small forward Omri Casspi, along with a future first round pick, for Cleveland Cavalier power forward J.J. Hickson.  The move balanced the roster and added athleticism to the front court. There is no shortage of exciting youtube videos of J.J. Hickson.  Highlight reel plays are J.J's specialty, but if Hickson wants to earn a big extension next summer, he's going to have to prove that he can be more than just a youtube sensation.  Mental lapses on defense limited Hickson to just 28.2 minutes per game on one of the NBA's worst teams last season.  While he did average 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in those 28 minutes, you can't help but wonder if those numbers are inflated by a lack of talent around him - the old "best player on a bad team" theory.  With the Kings, he will be asked to do much less than what the Cavs needed from him last season, so hopefully less means more. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: John Salmons

The Sacramento Kings made a substantial trade on draft day 2011.  Early reports had the Kings moving down in the draft three spots and dealing Beno Udrih to the Milwaukee Bucks, but no word of what was coming back to Sacramento in the transaction.  You could hear the tension build on the streets of the River City and then...oh...no...they...didn't. That's right Kings fans, John Salmons. Bedlam erupted on twitter and fan sites like Sactown Royalty.  I scurried off to the arena for the official announcement, even texting then-media relations member and newly appointed Director of Public Relations, Chris Clark, something about about bringing a fire extinguisher in case a riot broke out and my car was lit on fire. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Isaiah Thomas

The best part of waking up, is Kings youtube videos in your cup.  Today we've got a double dose of rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas out of Washington.  Last season, the Sacramento Kings brought in world traveler Pooh Jeter to mix up the tempo off the bench.  Unfortunately, Jeter got lost in the shuffle, leading the Kings to decline the second year option on his contract.  Isaiah Thomas will get a chance to fill this role for the 2011-12 Sacramento Kings.  Although similar in stature, there is a huge difference in play style between Pooh and Isaiah.  Where Jeter liked to use his mid-range game, Thomas is an attacking guard who can score inside or outside. Like yesterday's star, Tyler Honeycutt, Isaiah Thomas fell into the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, so he has an uphill battle in front of him.  During the NBA combine, players are measured with and without shoes.  In Isaiah's case, they may need to measure him with and without the chip on his shoulder. Video after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Jimmer Fredette

The best part of waking up, is Kings youtube videos in your cup. Yesterday marked the debut of our morning video series where we introduced you to the 'Jimmer goes to prison' story. Don't worry, there are plenty more Jimmer Fredette home movies to come. For today, let's see what the other Kings' young players have floating out ... More

Coach Westphal Summer Interview Part III: Hassan Whiteside and the Rookies

Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.

This is the third and final edition of the Cowbell Kingdom summer interview series with Coach Paul Westphal.  In today's edition, we talk about last year's second round pick, Hassan Whiteside, as well as new comers Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas.  Loaded with potential, a bum knee wiped out almost the entirety of Whiteside's training camp last season.  After playing four minutes in the season opener, the young seven footer out of Marshall never saw the floor again at the NBA level and later admitted to being more injured than originally thought. Honeycutt and Thomas both fell hard on draft night, slipping into the second round where the Kings gladly scooped them up.  With so many young players on the roster, Westphal answers how this group fits into the Kings' rebuilding blue print. James Ham: Hassan Whiteside is a similar player to Samuel Dalembert on the defensive end - a shot blocking defensive specialist.  How is he progressing?  How is his recovery from last season's knee surgery? Coach Westphal: Well, his recovery is coming along well, but it takes a long time.  He's just starting to shoot baskets and move around a little bit.  He can run on a treadmill like a champ.  He's been working hard.  He's an intriguing player, but it's hard to even say what his progress is because there is no measurement of him competing in basketball to define progress.  He's been around watching and trying to pick up as much as you can by watching.  He's been working on his body.  So much of what's going to happen with him is going to depend on how completely his knee heals and how much he can pick up what the NBA is all about. Defensively, it's funny, he can be compared to Dalembert in some ways because they are similar size and shot blockers.  But Dalembert usually blocks his own man's shot.  Hassan is a weakside shot blocker.  Their style is very different even though they have similar body types.  It will be interesting to see how Hassan is able to bring his skills to the NBA. Read more after the jump. ... More

Video: Jimmer on prison hoops

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7StuGc877g This story never gets old.  Via The Dagger: "The inmates vote on what they want to watch on TV each week, and of course, they want to watch Jimmer," Mount McGregor recreational director John Montgomery said. "If BYU's on our local television, every dorm will have the game on. Every ... More

Three Kings: Jimmer and friends arrive in Sacramento

Quite a 24-hour period for the newest members of the Sacramento Kings.  Upon their arrival in California, rookies Tyler Honeycutt, Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette were greeted by hundreds of eager fans yesterday at Sacramento International Airport. Video:  Jimmer and company's arrival at Sac Interntional (via Kings.com)


Then today, they were formally introduced to the local media and appeared at a rally at Arden Fair Mall. Notes, more video and a photo gallery of today's events after the jump. ... More

Photo: The New King James

From the rally at Arden Fair Mall. Not really in focus, but I think you get the picture.  And yes, this really happened. More

Video: Tyreke Evans on Jimmer Fredette and the aftermath of the 2011 NBA Draft

Tyreke Evans wrapped up the second day of his two-day basketball camp at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center in Oak Park.  If you recall, we were unable to get Evans' comments on the trade to move down from the seventh pick and reacquire forward John Salmons yesterday, as the trade wasn't made official until the ... More