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Carter-Williams, McCollum Workout Wrap

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Carter-Williams, McCollum Workout Wrap

The Kings on Saturday held their second multi-player pre-Draft workout of the offseason at the team’s practice facility. The session featured Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. McCollum and more.

On Saturday morning, Head Coach Michael Malone and the Kings hosted their third pre-Draft workout at the team’s practice facility, which featured six prospects.

Following is a list of participants, including background information on their respective careers to date. Plus, following the workout, Kings.com caught up with Coach Malone, Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. McCollum, Peyton Siva and Tony Snell to gain insight into Saturday’s go-round and more.

– Michael Carter-Williams, G, Soph., Syracuse – The quick and athletic sophomore led the Big East and ranked fifth in the nation in assists (7.3) and steals per game (2.8), while adding 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest. The AP Honorable Mention All-American and All-Big East Second Team selection led the Orange to the 2013 Final Four.

– Solomon Hill, F, Sr., Arizona – The First Team All-Pac-12 selection tallied 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, while connecting on 39 percent from long range. The versatile forward became the eighth player in Arizona history to notch at least 1,400 career points and 750 rebounds.

– Elijah Johnson, G, Sr., Kansas – The All-Big 12 Honorable Mention ranked fourth in the conference in assists (4.6 per game) as a senior, while tallying 9.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing. The 6-foot-4 guard notched a career-high 39 points against Iowa State on Feb. 25 – the highest-ever scoring output by a Jayhawk in a Big 12 contest.

– C.J. McCollum, G, Sr., Lehigh – The prolific 6-foot-3 guard averaged a career-high 23.9 points on 49.5 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from downtown, to go along with five rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as a senior. The two-time AP All-American Honorable Mention finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading-scorer in Patriot League history (2,361 points).

– Peyton Siva, G, Sr., Louisville – The outstanding leader and Third Team All-Big East selection helped lead Louisville to the National Championship, ranking third in the conference in assists (5.7 per game) and steals (2.3) as a senior. The two-time Big East Tournament MVP finished his career as Louisville’s all-time leader in steals (254), notching a single-season school record 90 swipes in 2012-13.

– Tony Snell, G, Jr., New Mexico – The Third Team All-Mountain West selection averaged 12.5 points and 2.8 assists per game in 2012-13, drilling 39 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. The 6-foot-7 guard notched 17.7 points on 52 percent from the field and a blistering 60 percent from downtown in three League Tournament contests en route to earning MVP honors.

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Coach Michael Malone

What were you looking to see during today’s morning workout?

“For anybody who we bring in – and we have another workout getting ready to start – for me, we want to see their skill level. But most importantly, I want to put players in competitive situations and see how they compete. Are they multiple-effort-type players? Can they guard their position? Can they fight through fatigue?

“Our scouts, our front office, they’ve been scouting these guys all year long. You can look up the stat sheet and find out what (players’) percentages are – I want to get into the intangibles. I want to … see what kind of heart they have, what kind of a competitive soul they have and see if they can fit into the culture we’re going to try and create.”

Have you been pleased with the workouts overall?

“This morning was our third workout, and I thought we had a great group. I’m anxious to get started with the second group, but the first group really did a great job of bringing it – (they) competed and brought the best out of the other guys, as well. I’m very satisfied with those guys and looking forward to the next workout.”

What can you take away from today’s first workout?

“To me, from a mental standpoint, can they follow direction? Can they pick things up? You always get nervous about drafting players who may be mistake-players – we haven’t had that so far. You want to see guys – once they understand the direction – can they compete? How hard do they work? Are they willing to give multiple effort every possession or (is it) a guy who’s going to come in here and kind of go through the motions and not give 110 percent? Those are the biggest things. We’ll do skill work – right hand, left hand, different types of shots, three-point shot – which is important, but more important for me is, I want guys who are workers. I want guys who are willing to compete every minute they’re on the floor.”


Michael Carter-Williams

How was today’s workout?

“It went pretty well. It was a tough workout – we did a lot of competitive stuff, a lot of conditioning stuff, but overall, it was a good workout.”

What were you trying to show on-court to the coaching staff?

“I’m just going out there and showing them all I have. I’m trying to show them that my jumpshot has improved, that I can defend and everything that I’ve been working on.”

What was it like working with Coach Malone?

“It was great – he’s a great coach. I like him a lot, he’s a good guy and he knows his stuff.”

Are there any current or former NBA players with whom you model your game?

“I try to model my game after – and I always have – Jason Kidd in his prime. He had a great career.”

How has the pre-Draft process been so far?

“I’m learning a lot – going against each guy, going against different matchups, just going against guards like Peyton and other guards like C.J. I’m a student of the game, so I’m always trying to learn.”


C.J. McCollum

How was today’s workout?

“I thought it went well. It was a very competitive workout. Coach is very high-intensity, so we were getting up and down the floor, guarding each other full court. We had a pretty good group of guys – Peyton Siva is a great defender, then we had some length in Michael Carter-Williams – so it was a good workout.”

What did you think of Coach Malone’s style?

“I love his style a lot. He’s a Queens (N.Y.) guy, he’s been in basketball for a long time and he knows the game. He’s seen Stephen Curry – the way he worked out – he’s been a part of LeBron James’ teams, as well, so (I’m) confident to know he knows the game and he has trust and faith in my abilities.”

How do you see yourself fitting in with a team?

“I’m a chameleon – I can fit in anywhere, honestly. I can shoot the ball really well – at a high clip – I can create my shot. So, depending on what situation I’m in … Coach will give me a role and I’ll accept it, embrace it and look to build on that.”

What separates you from fellow guards in the Draft?

“I think just my mentality – I’m very mature. I’ve gone through college for four years, so I understand the game a little bit better than a lot of guys. I have a great sense of the game, a high basketball IQ, I bring a lot of intangibles. (I can) knock down shots, I can defend, I (have) pretty good length. I think what they like about me is that I can play (point guard) and (shooting guard).”


Peyton Siva

How was today’s workout?

“It was a great workout – (I) got to go against some great guards.”

How much did playing in the NCAA Tournament help your game and confidence level?

“I think it helps out a lot, just because it shows I can play on the biggest stage, that I’m a born winner and I get to play against a lot of the great competition. Playing in the NCAA Tournament, you play against all the top guys.”

How would you characterize your game and what you’d bring to the Kings?

“I feel my biggest asset (is) I’m a playmaker. Coming to this team, I think I can help a lot. You have Isaiah Thomas – who I’m really close with – who I definitely can learn from. I’ll fit in right away with him. For me, it’s just getting everybody else better around me – making plays for them, getting them open shots and feeding them the ball.”

How long have you known Isaiah?

“I’ve known Isaiah since I was little. He always played on the older AAU team than I did, so I had the chance to always talk to him and be around him. We worked out with Jason Terry two summers ago, and I had the chance to really connect with him on that end. He actually texted me right before this workout. He’s a really good friend.”

Tony Snell

How was today’s workout?

“It was great – it was great competing against elite players.”

What were you trying to show on-court to the coaching staff?

“I was just trying to show I can defend the top players and I can shoot well.”

Who helped you develop your outside shot?

“My AAU coach, (Marvin Lee), really helped me out. He just told me, ‘Keep the ball up – put some arch on your shot.”

How could you see yourself fitting in with the Kings?

“I see myself fitting in pretty well. I can guard different positions, I can shoot it off catch-and-shoot (situations), I can make plays, come off the dribble (and) I can come off curls.”


And One

– For complete Kings pre-Draft workout coverage leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft, stay current with Kings.com’s Offseason Central.

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