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Kings Staff Attends Draft Combine

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Kings Staff Attends Draft Combine

Get a closer look at this week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, as the team’s front office evaluates top prospects.

With the 2013 NBA Draft Combine underway and scheduled through May 19 in Chicago, a contingent of Kings front office personnel, led by President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie, has joined fellow League executives, coaches and scouts in evaluating 63 players invited to participate in the annual event (see full list below).

While evaluating the second half-improvement of the Kings last season and assessing the young group of incoming draftees, Assistant Coach Bobby Jackson believes the team needs to maintain its up-tempo pace.

“We’re so young, we should be running up and down the floor all night long,” he says. “I think the faster we play, the better we are, and I think the key is to definitely play at a pace other teams don’t like.”

Members of the team’s Basketball Operations Dept. will get an up-close look at many of the top prospects who’ve declared for this year’s NBA Draft.

Players will focus on completing a series of shooting, skill and agility drills – including standing and maximum vertical jumps, bench-press repetitions and three-quarter-court sprints. Participants will also undergo vital measurements, such as height (with and without shoes), weight, wingspan, body-fat percentage and more.

According to DraftExpress.com, among all 2011 Draftees, Kings guard Isaiah Thomas notched the fourth-highest maximum vertical leap (40 inches), while Jimmer Fredette ranked fourth in bench-press repetitions (14) at his position. The previous year, DeMarcus Cousins tied for longest standing reach (9-foot-5) among all invitees.

In addition to physical evaluations, individual interviews play an integral role in the process, allowing teams the initial opportunity to get to know prospects in an effort to assess intangibles such as maturity and motivation.

Fifty of the 60 players chosen in the 2012 Draft partook in last year’s combine, including all 14 Lottery selections and 29 of 30 first-round picks.

Stay current with Kings.com for complete 2013 NBA Draft Lottery and NBA Draft coverage.

2013 NBA Draft Combine Invite List:

Player Pos. College / Club
Steven Adams C Pittsburgh
Vander Blue G Marquette
Lorenzo Brown PG North Carolina State
Reggie Bullock SG-SF North Carolina
Trey Burke PG Michigan
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Georgia
Isaiah Canaan PG Murray State
Jackie Carmichael PF Illinois State
Michael Carter-Williams PG Syracuse
Will Clyburn G Iowa State
Robert Covington F Tennessee State
Allen Crabbe SG California
Seth Curry SG Duke
Brandon Davies PF BYU
Dewayne Dedmon C Southern California
Gorgui Dieng C Louisville
James Ennis SG-SF Long Beach State
Carrick Felix SG-SF Arizona State
Jamaal Franklin SG San Diego State
Rudy Gobert C Cholet (France)
Archie Goodwin SG Kentucky
Erick Green PG Virginia Tech
Tim Hardaway Jr. SG Michigan
Solomon Hill SG Arizona
Richard Howell PF North Carolina State
Colton Iverson PF-C Colorado State
Pierre Jackson PG Baylor
Grant Jerrett PF Arizona
Myck Kabongo PG Texas
Kenny Kadji PF Miami (FL)
Ryan Kelly PF Duke
Shane Larkin PG Miami (FL)
Ricky Ledo SG Providence
Alex Len C Maryland
C.J. Leslie PF North Carolina State
Trevor Mbakwe PF Minnesota
Ray McCallum PG Detroit
C.J. McCollum G Lehigh
Ben McLemore SG Kansas
Tony Mitchell PF North Texas
Shabazz Muhammad SG-SF UCLA
Erik Murphy PF Florida
Mike Muscala C Bucknell
Nerlens Noel C Kentucky
Victor Oladipo SG Indiana
Kelly Olynyk PF Gonzaga
Brandon Paul SG Illinois
Norvel Pelle C Los Angeles College Prep Academy
Mason Plumlee PF Duke
Otto Porter Jr. SF Georgetown
Phil Pressey PG Missouri
Glen Rice Jr. SG Rio Grande Valley (D-League)
Andre Roberson F Colorado
Dennis Schroeder PG New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)
Peyton Siva PG Louisville
Tony Snell SG-SF New Mexico
James Southerland SG-SF Syracuse
Adonis Thomas F Memphis
Deshaun Thomas F Ohio State
Jeff Withey C Kansas
Nate Wolters PG South Dakota State
BJ Young G Arkansas
Cody Zeller C Indiana

(Courtesy: cbssports.com)

  • http://www.facebook.com/delaownster Nick De La O

    Ahhhh c’mon put their positions!! We need a small forward.

  • http://twitter.com/SioSoOfficiaL Sio Sae-Chizzowww!

    Otto Porter! Or trade for Danny Granger!!!

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    Trey Burke

  • http://thekingsblog.com/ SacramentoKings

    @facebook-1008154356:disqus, Thank you for the feedback. Player positions have been added to the blog, courtesy of CBS Sports. Thanks again!

  • http://twitter.com/dacannabiskid Zack Newington

    Yeah Otto would be nice since there’s a hole at SF. It’s likely the cavs will snag him though. I think & hope we pick Michael Carter-Williams cuz he drops dimes and the Kings lack good passers.

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