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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

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.
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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

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
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Cowbell Kingdom Prospect Profile: Kawhi Leonard

The draft prospects have been trickling through Sacramento, mostly six at a time.  And Friday will likely be more of the same. Although the list of candidates have yet to be released, our friend Sam Amick of SI.com confirmed earlier this week via Twitter that San Diego State small forward Kawhi Leonard will be the main attraction. While Jimmer Fredette seems to be the scoop de jour for the Kings right now (he's jumped up the DraftExpress.com mock to no. 7), it's Leonard that's fallen a few spots.  But multiple sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that the Kings minds aren't made up just yet.  They are extremely interested in the 19-year-old swingman and have been for some time. Breaking the mold from the previous 13 prospect profiles, we are going to take a good hard look at Leonard a few days early because his story is extremely compelling.  And if our sources are correct, Leonard might be just what the Kings are looking for come June 23rd. There are plenty of narratives that surround NBA players.  Last season, we delved into the excruciating painful journey of Kings reserve power forward Darnell Jackson as he clung to his NBA dreams  (If you haven't read it, please do. It will change your perspective on one of the strongest people I have ever had the privilege to meet).  Leonard has another one of those tragic stories. Since the tale has been told, both written by Sam Amick for the New York Times, and video by CBS Sports, there's very little for us to add.  That doesn't mean that we shouldn't share it with you because at the end of the day, Leonard could wind up a King.  And like every other King, he would become part of the family.


Now that you know his story, it's time to get to the profile after the jump. ... More

Kawhi Leonard knows what tweaking his jumper needs

Kawhi Leonard was in DC today, working out for the Washington Wizards.  Mike Prada of SB Nation Basketball and Bullets Forever attended and liked what he saw of Leonard's weakest skill: Overall, I was impressed with the way Leonard's shot looked.  Again, the caveat here is that we're talking about a small sample size, but ... More

More Combine News and Notes

Day 2 of the NBA Draft Combine is in the books.  Here's a round-up of some of the latest news and notes from around the web from those in attendance. Measurements are in. (Via Twitters of Ryan Feldman of The Hoops Report & Chad Ford of ESPN) A few measurements of prospects the Kings have reportedly met with or plan on interviewing:
Player Height (No Shoes) Height (With Shoes) Wingspan Weight
Jimmer Fredette 6 ft 0.75 in 6 ft 2.5 in 6 ft 4.5 in 196 lbs.
Derrick Williams 6 ft 7.25 in 6 ft 8.75 in 7 ft 1.5 248 lbs
Kawhi Leonard 6 ft 6 in 6 ft 7 in 7 ft 3 in 227 lbs
Brandon Knight 6 ft 1.5 in 6 ft 3 in 6 ft 6.75 in 177 lbs.
Kyle Singler 6 ft 7.5 in 6 ft 8.5 in 6 ft 10 in 228 lbs.
Marshon Brooks 6 ft 4.25 in 6 ft 5.25 in 7 ft 1 in 195 lbs.
Norris Cole 6 ft 0.25 in 6 ft 1.75 in 6 ft 2.25 in 174 lbs.
Nolan Smith 6 ft 1.5 in 6 ft 3.5 in 6 ft 5.5 in 188 lbs.
Alec Burks 6 ft 5 in 6 ft 6 in 6 ft 10 in 193 lbs.
JaJuan Johnson 6 ft 9 in 6 ft 10 in 7 ft 2 in 220 lbs.
Cory Joseph 6 ft 2 in 6 ft 3.25 in 6 ft 5.5 in 186 lbs.
Tristan Thompson 6 ft 7.5 in 6 ft 8.75 in 7 ft 1.25 in 227.4 lbs.
You can compare this year's prospects with past NBA prospects here on Draft Express. Some notable measurement highlights (Via Jason Jones of the Bee)
  • Lightest player: Norris Cole of Cleveland State
  • Biggest hands (length): Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State and Greg Smith of Fresno State (9.8 in)
  • The projected top two picks have body fat above 10 percent.  Derrick Williams of Arizona was at 10.8 and Kyrie Irving of Duke was at 10.2 percent.
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Small Forward, Not Point Guard, for the Kings?

The Kings draft picture got a little bit clearer following day one of the combine.  Via Jason Jones of the Sac Bee, they interviewed the following prospects: Derrick Williams, Arizona (SF) Alec Burks,  Colorado (SG) Brandon Knight, Kentucky (PG) Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State (SF) Nolan Smith, Duke (PG) JaJuan ... More

Let the Mockery Begin: 2011 NBA Mock Draft Round-Up

Any mock draft should be taken with a grain of salt at this point. There are plenty of evaluations and judgements to be made by the Kings front office within the next month.  But, the progress of the following players tabbed seventh for Sacramento is worth watching leading up to the June 23. Chad Ford, ESPN: Kemba Walker, PG
Jonathan Givony, Draft Express: Bismack Biyomobo, PF
Sacramento's fall from five to seven is a bit more painful considering it likely takes them out of the mix for upgrading their backcourt situation, which clearly seems to be their biggest need at the moment. There are still some solid frontcourt prospects available, though, particularly Biyombo, who seems like a perfect fit alongside DeMarcus Cousins, where his offensive limitations wouldn't look quite as glaring.
David Aldridge, NBA.com: Brandon Knight, PG
Kings have been looking for a legit point guard since Mike Bibby left town, and can move Tyreke Evans to shooting guard by taking Knight.
Jason Jones, Sac Bee: Kawhi Leonard, SF
An athletic defender, exactly what the Kings need.
Sam Amick, Sports Illustrated: Donatas Motiejunas, PF
The Kings could have one of the most dynamic young frontcourts in the game if they go with Lithuanian 7-footer Motiejunas. Last year's lottery pick, DeMarcus Cousins, had a solid rookie season and showed plenty of offensive versatility in the post, but the creative Motiejunas, 20, would take it to another level. Defense would be a concern, making it all the more important that the Kings re-sign center Samuel Dalembert in the summer as they plan to do.
Tom Ziller, SB Nation: Kawhi Leonard, SF
The Kings desperately need help at small forward, where none of Francisco Garcia, Donte Greene or Omri Casspi stood out (for good reasons) in 2010-11. Leonard is a big SF, and less of a shooter than the Kings would like, but the team is being rebuilt with an eye on energy and toughness. He fits that.
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