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How did we rank the players?We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player." Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics. ... More
Four home games at Power Balance Pavilion were lost after the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season yesterday. But Kings fans might have basketball to cheer for if Donté Greene has his way.Earlier today, Kings fans tweeted at the Sacramento Kings forward about putting together a charity exhibition game in the Capital region. He took their message to heart and it appears Greene has plans in the works to host a game the weekend before Thanksgiving. Among the players who’ve declared their interest? Wizards point guard John Wall along with Greene's fellow teammates Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins. New King J.J. Hickson also says he'd like to play. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Rockets point guard Jonny Flynn, Lakers forward and Sacramento native Matt Barnes, teammates Tyreke Evans and Hassan Whiteside were also extended Twitter invites by the Kings forward. Sacramento has proven before that a simple tweet can spark a major idea. So the possibility of a barnstorming exhibition featuring your favorite Sacramento Kings isn't out of the question. But with PBP off-limits due to the lockout, where would they play? ... More
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.More after the jump... ... More
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
Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.Welcome to part II of the Cowbell Kingdom summer interview series with Coach Paul Westphal. The Sacramento Kings dropped a bombshell on their fan base just hours before the 2011 NBA draft when they reacquired journeyman small forward John Salmons. Confusion, anger, utter disbelief reigned as fans lined up single file on the Tower Bridge and jumped to their deaths in the icy water below. Not really, but between the Salmons trade and rumors that Sam Dalembert has very little interest in returning to the Sacramento Kings, a lot of fans lost sleep. Thankfully, fans don't get to make the hard decisions, men with years of NBA experience do. James Ham: You just brought in Salmons and that gives you five small forwards (pre-Omri Casspi trade), how is that situation going to settle out? Is there going to be some movement there? Coach Westphal: Like I said, we're not through with our roster yet. You can never know what move you can make, particularly now because we don't know what the collective bargaining rules are going to be. But there will be moves made with our roster, I don't think we'll go in with five small forwards with a twelve man roster, but several of those players are flexible and can play multiple positions. A lot of this will be addressed when it's possible to address it. Read more after the jump. ... More
- Jones on the Tony Parker trade rumor: "I know Tony Parker's not Chris Paul. But Tony Parker's still pretty good. And I'm thinking that (seven for Parker straight-up) may just be the starting point. But you have to assume that they're going to want to try to get a little more out of a deal than just the seventh pick, (and) who knows what that might be."
- And Raymond Felton: "People forget that when the New York Knicks were playing good earlier this year, Raymond Felton is being talked about as being an All-Star in the east. And he was playing some really good basketball and even when he got to Denver in the trade, I still felt like Raymond played well. He was coming off the bench, you know from starting to (becoming a) reserve, I thought he still played well."
- Alec Burks: genuine interest or smokescreen?
- Some discussion on his piece from Sunday's Bee about Hassan Whiteside.