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Guest Post: Ranking the Sacramento Kings’ top three position battles

Photo: James Ham

Editor's Note: We were originally planning a 3-on-3 roundtable on this topic. But since our friend section214 of Sactown Royalty fame (who we invited to participate) wrote three, extensive and well-thought responses, we figured we'd run his work as an entire guest post . Hey, thanks for inviting me over to the Kingdom. The offices here are much more plush than that dungeon TZ has us writing out of. And the brandy and cigars are a very nice touch. I guess “Insider” sales must be pretty brisk. I’ve given this subject a lot of thought, and by that I mean that I really have not given it much thought at all. But a gig’s a gig, and as this helps meet the requirements of my work release program, I appreciate the opportunity. ... More

#NBARank: Who rises and falls among Sacramento Kings swingmen in 2012?

Photos: James Ham and Steven Chea

Photos: James Ham and Steven Chea

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans were the only Sacramento Kings to crack the top 100 of ESPN.com's inaugural #NBARank. But where might they and their other teammates land on next year's list?  In part one of our three-part debate, we weigh-in on the Kings' swingmen.

What is #NBArank?

#NBArank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along. You can also follow along here: @NBAonESPN

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

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 16: Jason Thompson on lockout living and more

After catching up with Tyreke Evans last week, we're happy to continue that theme by touching base with another member of the Sacramento Kings. Today, we welcomed Kings big man Jason Thompson to the program. Highlights
  • During a workout session at the Kings practice facility in June, Thompson broke a toe in his right foot.  With no access to Kings training staff during the lockout, JT has rehabbed on his own with a little help from the NFL.  "Since I'm living in Philly in the offseason, I went through with the Eagles and used their doctors and facilities and had my agency get that done."
  • Thompson on his third NBA season: "Every year I look at it as trying to have high expectations.  I just think last year that I didn't have the opportunity that I thought I would have coming into the season.  Not saying that as an excuse or anything like that.  But I just know I learned different things, knowing that you could control only what you could control.  I was happy that even though that there were bumpy times in the season, I know that I felt like I took it in the right matter - didn't put my head down or anything like that.  And then I finished on a good note."
  • On the emotional last home game at ARCO: "The fans still stayed after.  They were cheering and I was just like 'man I can't go out like this.'  So after I showered and stuff, just came out and gave my respect.  And who knew if that was the last time I could see Kings fans in this arena.  You know, i f you can't take 10, 15, 20 minutes out of your time, especially since that was the last game of the season to give your respects, then you really don't have a respect for the game or the fans."
One more additional note.  Thompson has started a foundation with the goal of serving underprivileged youth.  The L.I.V.E. Like JT (Learn, Imagine, Voice, Educate) campaign is just getting under way and a website is in the works.  But if you'd like to learn more or find out how you can help, visit Thompson's official website. Listen after the jump... ... More

ESPN 5-on-5: Previewing the Sacramento Kings

The ESPN 5-on-5 roundtable has been rolling out individual team previews lately and today it was Kings turn to hit the circuit.  Here is a snippet. 4. Fact or Fiction: Sacramento's pre-lockout trades were smart moves. Joe Gerrity, Hornets 24/7: Fiction. Acquiring Hickson for Casspi was a positive move, but the rest of ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 15: Tyreke Evans talks offseason workouts, overseas travels and more

Photo: Steven Chea/CK

  • On working out with Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook: "When we work out together, we always do different things.  There’s things that I do better than them and there’s things they do better than me.  So it’s always good to work out with them and try to learn new things from their games."
  • Tyreke is no stranger to the game of new teammate JJ Hickson.  He says he's known the Kings newest addition for "a long time", having battled against Hickson in high school.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire hopes to round up teammates for an unofficial Knicks training camp.  Zach Randolph has expressed doing the same with his Grizzlies .  Is Tyreke planning something similar for the Kings? "I was thinking about that, calling some of the players up, trying to get them to Sacramento early.  I know it's going to be pretty hard for the rookies because they haven't set up yet with (homes).  But I mean, the guys that have been playing, the veterans and the guys who have been playing a couple years on our team...I was definitely thinking of calling them up and (trying) to get a local gym in Sacramento and having a training camp."
  • Tyreke has been keeping busy this offseason also through his work with VSP Vision Care.  We highlighted one of two videos he starred in from a four-part webisode series, which offers vision health tips.  Check the rest on the Eyefiles tab of VSP's Facebook Page.
Tune-in after the jump. ... More

Your midday cup o’ Kings: Francisco Garcia

As the roster sits today, the Sacramento Kings have only two players over the age of 25 - the 31 year-old John Salmons, who was acquired on draft day in a trade with the Bucks, and Francisco Garcia, the longest tenured King, who will be 30 on December 14th. It's strange how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that Francisco was a rookie riding the pine for a Kings playoff team that included Mike Bibby, Brad Miller, Ron Artest, Bonzi Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. These clips below bring us back to a different Cisco. Injuries have derailed and slowed the 29 year old wing over the last three years. Three seasons ago it was ankle injuries that cost him 27 games. Two seasons ago, a freak accident in the weight room resulting in a catastrophic arm injury, costing Cisco all but 25 games. Last season, Garcia missed 24 games with a left calf strain that took a long time to heal because of a set back during recovery. By seasons end, Garcia appeared worn down, not entirely unexpected after missing so much time during the year. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Donté Greene

The Kings haven't had many personalities like Donté Greene.  Sure, there have been characters like Vlade Divac and Ron Artest, but Donté Greene is something different.  Basically, Greene is a multimedia machine - the star of the Donté Greene show, Twitter and Youstream aficionado- all of which make him a fan favorite. Where Greene has cultivated a following off the court, he has struggled with consistency on the floor.  Greene is nothing short of an enigma.  So much talent, flashes of brilliance, great size, million dollar smile, but ... Coming into training camp last season, Donté Greene and Omri Casspi were supposed to fight it out for the starting gig.  Greene never even got off the ground, coming into camp at 260-pounds, a good 25-30 pounds heavier than his previous playing weight.  After starting 50 games in his second season, Greene saw that number slashed to just 21 starts and an incredible 13 DNP-CDs.   From possible starter to bench player and now, who knows what.  After the Kings brought in small forwards John Salmons and rookie Tyler Honeycutt, they shipped out Casspi to clear up a little room, but Greene will still have to battle to earn minutes at a crowded position that also includes Francisco Garcia and even Tyreke Evans at times. 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

Jimmer Fredette: A Rookie of the Year Favorite?

Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton put together statistical projections of players from next year's rookie class for ESPN.com.  His method explained in his own words:
My projection system translates NCAA performance to the pros using the performance of past rookies and adjusting for strength of schedule. To that is added the pace at which each newcomer's NBA team played last season and a guess at minutes per game to create a projected stat line. Here's a look at the most impressive of next season's rookies (whenever they finally get to take the floor)...
His analysis of Fredette, which is a favorable one, after the jump... ... More

Coach Westphal Summer Interview Part II: John Salmons and Samuel Dalembert

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