52 results for tag: Kawhi Leonard

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 8: Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee

With less than 48 hours to go until the 2011 NBA Draft, could the trade winds be picking up for the Sacramento Kings?  We caught up last night with Kings beat writer Jason Jones to get his sense of what direction the Kings might take before the draft takes place Thursday.Highlights
  • 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.
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TrueHoop Network Mock Draft Pick 7: Kings select Kawhi Leonard

The 2011 ESPN TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft is here and I’m more than glad to represent the Kings with the seventh pick. Each selection will be made available on network sites, will cover just the first round, and will be made according to prediction, not some blogger preference. Enjoy. Previous Pick: Check back hourly for picks until 5 pm today, pick 11 will start at 8 am on Tuesday.#1 — Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — Cavs The Blog #2 – Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves – A Wolf Among Wolves #3 – Brandon Knight, Utah Jazz – Salt City Hoops #4 – Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers – Cavs The Blog #5 – Kemba Walker, Toronto Raptors – Raptors Republic #6 – Enes Kanter, Washington Wizards – Truth About It With the 7th pick in the 2011 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft, the Sacramento Kings select Kawhi Leonard from San Diego State University.There are two pressing needs with the Sacramento Kings. They need a backcourt mate to pair with the Reke-Thornton combination and they need someone who can play some stellar, asphyxiation–inducing defense. The three most likely candidates to fill one of these needs are Kemba Walker, Jimmer Fredette and Kawhi Leonard. With Kemba off the board to Toronto in this scenario, we’re left with Jimmer against Kawhi – just like we saw in the Mountain West Conference last season. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 7: Jerry Reynolds, Kings Analyst/Director of Player Personnel

Bringing us an inside-perspective of the draft process for the Sacramento Kings is Director of Player Personnel and long-time color analyst, Jerry Reynolds.Highlights
  • Jerry shares his take on scouting today versus 20-plus years ago.
  • On Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette: "I think they're all good prospects.  I don't think any of them will fail in the NBA.  Now, are they the best prospects?  I'm not going to get into that.  But I think they certainly all perform well."
  • On the possibility of trading out of the pick: "I will say this, I don't see much interest in moving up, so to speak, considering this draft.  I think it'd be more likely to even move down.  But probably neither."
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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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAJh9CNbzx0

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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:
PlayerHeight (No Shoes)Height (With Shoes)WingspanWeight
Jimmer Fredette6 ft 0.75 in6 ft 2.5 in6 ft 4.5 in196 lbs.
Derrick Williams6 ft 7.25 in6 ft 8.75 in7 ft 1.5248 lbs
Kawhi Leonard6 ft 6 in6 ft 7 in7 ft 3 in227 lbs
Brandon Knight6 ft 1.5 in6 ft 3 in6 ft 6.75 in177 lbs.
Kyle Singler6 ft 7.5 in6 ft 8.5 in6 ft 10 in228 lbs.
Marshon Brooks6 ft 4.25 in6 ft 5.25 in7 ft 1 in195 lbs.
Norris Cole6 ft 0.25 in6 ft 1.75 in6 ft 2.25 in174 lbs.
Nolan Smith6 ft 1.5 in6 ft 3.5 in6 ft 5.5 in188 lbs.
Alec Burks6 ft 5 in6 ft 6 in6 ft 10 in193 lbs.
JaJuan Johnson6 ft 9 in6 ft 10 in7 ft 2 in220 lbs.
Cory Joseph6 ft 2 in6 ft 3.25 in6 ft 5.5 in186 lbs.
Tristan Thompson6 ft 7.5 in6 ft 8.75 in7 ft 1.25 in227.4 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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