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

Photos: Steven Chea and James Ham

Photos: Steven Chea and James Ham

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 in next year's list? In the final installment of our three-part series, we weigh-in on the Kings' guards.

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

Boo lockout

Today was supposed to be media day at Power Balance Pavilion.  It's kind of like the first day of school.  You get to see a bunch of friends that you haven't seen all summer, meet the new kids and take pictures.  Sure, there would be a little bit of homework after, but this was supposed to be a good day, a day of new ... More

Marcus Thornton discredits Maccabi rumor, dissects Kings pre-lockout deals

I caught up with Marcus Thornton for SLAM today.  He says he has no idea where the report of him declining a lucrative Maccabi Tel Aviv offer came from.  But he is considering overseas options and has received some offers in China and Spain.  Thornton and his agent continue to watch what progress is or isn't made in lockout ... More

Marcus Thornton turns down Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Reports have surfaced that Sacramento Kings restricted free agent Marcus Thornton may have passed on a substantial offer to play overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv.  According to David Pick of Eurobasket.com: Thornton is a huge piece to the Kings puzzle going forward and the fears of him leaving to play in Europe have been ... More

Thornton has a decision to make?

Shortly after my post yesterday, Sacramento Kings restricted free agent Marcus Thornton posted this cryptic message to his Twitter account:   I'm sure the Kings are hoping Marcus "think(s) this all the way thru" as well.  Thornton came to the Kings at the trade deadline in a deal for Carl Landry.  After a very ... More

Jimmer’s getting hitched, Thornton has options and Cisco plays for Team DR

There is very little Kings related news to pass on about the off-season/lockout at this point.  We are working on a few things, but until they materialize, here are a couple of crumbs to chew on. Jimmer Fredette has proposed to Whitney Wonnacott and she has accepted.  How do we know this?  The wonderful world of Twitte... More

Does Tyreke Evans need to read Cowbell Kingdom?

There seems to be some confusion in Tyreke Evans' camp about the drafting of Jimmer Fredette.  In an interview with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Evans "has some questions" about his place in the Kings world.  And with the lockout in place, they can't answer this quandary. “I don’t know how we are playing it,” Evans ... 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

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