News, observations and reader questions about the Sacramento Kings and the NBA.
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June 29, 2012
June 28, 2012
The Kings might have the most intense duo of young frontcourt players in the NBA.
The first thing I noticed about Thomas Robinson when I met him at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago was his confidence. It reminded me a lot of DeMarcus Cousins.
Like Cousins, Robinson believed he should be the first pick in the draft. And like Cousins, Robinson plays with an attitude.
Robinson is looking forward to playing with Cousins.
"It's definitely going to help me keep my intensity up with no problem because I know he's going to be going hard," said Robinson of playing with Cousins And if you're out there you can't help but to go hard out there with him."
It doesn't seem like too long ago the Kings were labeled one of the softest teams in the NBA. They're slowly changing that with Cousins, Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton joining the team.
Kings coach Keith Smart is going to love Robinson.
"He obviously knows he has to work,," Smart said. "He's from a program (Kansas) that lends itself to working hard before you can be productive. So I don't think you're going to have a problem with him wanting to work to become very good basketball player. IN his mind he probably thought he was the best player and I'm sure he's going to prove that. But he's a very humble individual."
June 28, 2012
The Kings traded their second-round pick, 36th overall, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for cash.
Barring another trade, the Kings have no more draft choices. The Kings selected power forward Thomas Robinson in the first round.
June 28, 2012
The Kings used the fifth pick on Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson.
Robinson averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in leading the Jayhawks to the National Championship game, where Kansas lost to Kentucky.
Some would argue Robinson is best prepared to help a team immediately after spending three seasons at Kansas.
Robinson was projected to go as high second to Charlotte, but the Bobcats opted for small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, which led to Robinson sliding to five.
"The teams that skipped past me didn't need me at their position and the Kings took a chance on me and took me at five," Robinson said. "And I'm going to make the best of that."
The All-American forward is known for his toughness and has been compared to David West.
The Kings entered the draft looking for help at power forward and small forward and Robinson (6-9, 240) was generally rated the second best power forward available behind first overall pick Anthony Davis.
June 28, 2012
June 27, 2012
The Kings and their fifth pick in Thursday's NBA Draft continue to be the subject of rumors.
So I'll try to separate fact from fiction (as I know it at this hour).
*There doesn't appear to be anything substantial or imminent involving the Houston Rockets. NBA.com's David Aldridge reported the Kings turned down an offer from Houston of the 16th overall pick and point guard Kyle Lowry for the fifth pick and Chuck Hayes.
There have also been the rumored offer of two first-round picks for Tyreke Evans and the fifth pick (which has been refuted by numerous sources).
The Rockets will likely come calling again. But at this hour there isn't a deal the Kings are close to doing with Houston.
*As impressive as Damian Lillard might have been, it doesn't appear likely the Kings would use the fifth pick on him.
*The Kings are still fielding calls about trading out of the fifth spot. Nothing imminent, but it wouldn't be a shock to see the Kings move back. At this stage, everything is still in play.
By time this is posted I'm sure something will have changed. Such is life in the world of rumors leading up to the NBA Draft.
June 25, 2012
The NBA Draft is Thursday and the Kings wrapped up their pre-draft workouts today with six players, none who are projected to go in the top-5.
The Kings wouldn't mind hosting more players but as it stands now, that's unlikely to happen.
Miss. State power forward Arnett Moultrie injured his ankle early in the workout. Moultrie and St. John's small forward Moe Harkless were the two players expected to be selected in the first round that worked out for the Kings Monday.
Both players would be possibilities if the Kings traded down, which brings us to reports from ESPN the Houston Rockets could be looking to deal for the Kings' first-round pick (No. 5).
The Kings trading down isn't unrealistic, especially if they believe Harkless could be as good as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Harrison Barnes.
Much of what the Kings can/will do depends on the Charlotte Bobcats.
A move by the Bobcats down could mean Kidd-Gilchrist and Barnes would be gone. If the Kings aren't ecstatic over the idea of drafting Thomas Robinson, a productive power forward that lacks the size the Kings are looking for, a trade could be imminent.
The Kings would like a shot-blocking complement to DeMarcus Cousins, but taking a player like John Henson at five would be high, so a deal would be a possibility.
But we have a couple of days to sort all that out.
*Darryl Bryant (West Virginia), Zack Rosen (Pennsylvania), Augustus Gilchrist (South Florida), James Nunnally (UCSB) also worked out for the Kings Monday.
June 12, 2012
The Kings hosted six players for a pre-draft workout Tuesday, headlined by North Carolina center Tyler Zeller.
The Kings also announced their first two individual workouts.
Weber State point guard Damian Lillard will workout for the Kings Wednesday. Lillard is considered the best point guard in this draft.
Connecticut center Andre Drummond will workout for the Kings Thursday. He's the top center prospect this year.
*Also of note was as media time wrapped up Kings center Hassan Whiteside was on the court working with strength and conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro.
This is Whiteside's second offseason recovering from an injury. Whiteside's season ended with a badly sprained ankle.
*Tyreke Evans also made an appearance following Tuesday's workout and was greeted by coach Keith Smart. And nope, I didn't catch Evans working out.
JaMychal Green of Alabama was also a part of Tuesday's workout.
June 11, 2012
North Carolina forward John Henson continues to say all the right things if he wants to entice the Kings to use the fifth overall pick on him in this month's NBA Draft.
*He's going to work hard to add strength after weighing 216 pounds at last week's NBA Draft Combine.
*He's willing to do all the dirty work (meaning he's not going to join the list of Kings that feel they need 15-plus shots a night).
*He knows DeMarcus Cousins the "the man" on the block and he's willing to play off him.
It still might be a reach to select Henson at five, but if Thomas Robinson is gone and so are small forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes, Henson becomes a legitimate option if the Kings are intent on adding a power forward.
Below is video of Henson and New Mexico forward Drew Gordon from their media time following the six-player workout.
Also here are the six players who will be at Tuesday's workout:
Tyler Zeller, Center, North Carolina
JaMychal Green, Forward, Alabama
Lazeric Jones, Guard, UCLA
Charlie Westbrook, Guard, South Dakota
Wendell McKines, Forward, New Mexico
William Buford, Guard, Ohio State.
Zeller is the player in the group who could be worthy of a first-round pick by the Kings. Five would be considered more a reach for Zeller than Henson.
June 10, 2012
Here are the six players that will workout for the Kings Monday:
North Carolina forward John Henson
New Mexico forward Drew Gordon
South Dakota guard Charlie Westbrook
Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe
Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates
UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield.
Henson is the only player in this group who is a candidate to be drafted in the lottery by the Kings. Some would consider Henson a reach if the Kings used the fifth pick on him.
June 8, 2012
CHICAGO - The Kings wrapped their interviews at the NBA Combine by meeting with four players:
William Buford, 6-5, Guard, Ohio State
Darius Miller, 6-8, Guard, Kentucky
Andrew Nicholson, 6-10, Forward, St. Bonaventure
Kevin Jones, 6-8, Forward, West Virginia
Group workouts for prospects begin Monday. North Carolina forward John Henson and New Mexico forward Drew Gordon have said they will be at that workout.
North Carolina center Tyler Zeller will also be in Sacramento for a workout next week.
June 8, 2012
CHICAGO - Here are a few videos from media day with some of the prospects the Kings have already met with.
June 8, 2012
CHICAGO -- The attachment below lists the official measurements from the NBA Draft Combine.
June 7, 2012
CHICAGO -- North Carolina forward John Henson will be in Sacramento Monday for a predraft workout.