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.
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 ...