54 results for tag: 2011 NBA Draft

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

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.

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

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

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

Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker Workout: Reaction from Utah

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. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 5: Sam Amick, Sports Illustrated


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. Highlights
  • 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
Tune-in after the jump. ... More

Bismack Biyombo and confidence

Scott Howard-Cooper has been in Italy the last few days covering the Adidas Eurocamp for NBA.com.  And he sat down with Bismack Biyombo to learn more about the "mystery man" of the 2011 NBA Draft.  Despite a poor showing during his individual workout, Biyombo isn't short of any confidence regarding his future NBA potential.... More

Photo: Kemba & Coachie

After addressing media following his workout in Sacramento, Kemba Walker took a seat next to Kings assistant coach Pete Carril. The future NBA point guard sat back listened to the former Princeton head coach's feedback for several minutes. More