NBA Draft 2012: Thomas Robinson Picked 5th By Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings could be landing another solid lottery player in the 2012 NBA Draft, particularly a big man or a wing player.

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NBA Draft Grades: Kings, Thomas Robinson Earn Approval From Scouting Gurus

Just about every mock draft released prior to the start of the 2012 NBA Draft had Thomas Robinson being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 2 overall pick. The Bobcats decided to go with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist instead, freeing up Robinson to drop down to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5.

Just about everyone was happy with the no-brainer decision to draft Robinson, including many of the experts around the industry. Chad Ford of ESPN really liked the pick for the Kings, and had this to say about it.

Analysis: The Kings were patient and it paid off. After Davis, Robinson was the second guy on their board, and through some serious luck, they landed him at No. 5. I think he's a great fit in Sacramento alongside DeMarcus Cousins. Between the two, they should dominate both on the defensive and offensive glass. Pairing him with Cousins also takes pressure off him to produce right away on offense. While I know Robinson would've preferred to be the face of the franchise in Charlotte, developmentally, the Kings are a better fit.

Grade: A

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NBA Draft Grades 2012: Sacramento Kings Receive 'B' Rating

The 2012 NBA Draft is in the books, and the Sacramento Kings have their man. Thomas Robinson joined the squad as the No. 5 overall pick, while the Kings went ahead and traded away the No. 36 pick for cash considerations.

SB Nation's Tom Ziller has sorted through all the facts, and has ultimately decided that Robinson was a great pick up for Sacramento, but giving their second-round pick away was far from being smart. Overall, he gave them a B as part of his NBA Draft grades. Here is some of his commentary:

Second-round picks don't require guaranteed contracts and don't carry cap holds. It's ridiculous for a bad, cheap team to sell the No. 36 pick when plenty of promising prospects were available. The Kings should know better, having picked up Isaiah Thomas (an All-Rookie team honoree) at No. 60 last year. For a team that needs everything to go right to compete, you can't start cutting off your own limbs for firewood.

It's hard to argue with Ziller about that, but the Kings certainly didn't see any talent worth taking, so they figured cash in hand was just as good. Hopefully they can turn that money around in a positive way for the team next season.

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2012 NBA Draft, Kings: Reaction To Thomas Robinson, Fifth Overall Pick

The Sacramento Kings made use of the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to select Thomas Robinson, a power forward out of Kansas. Judging by the voting in the fan poll over at SB Nation's Kings blog Sactown Royalty, Kings fans are quite pleased with the selection. The selection of Robinson raises some questions, as Sactown Royalty explains:

Robinson figures to challenge for a starting spot next to DeMarcus Cousins early on, putting Jason Thompson's role into question. Thompson becomes a restricted free agent on Sunday. The Kings have issued a qualifying offer, meaning that the team can match any offer sheet he signs.

Adding a player that was expected by many to be drafted No. 2 overall can't be anything but a good thing for the Kings, but it does complicate things a bit. However those things shake out, Sactown Royalty will have quality insight and analysis.

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2012 NBA Draft Trades: Sacramento Kings Deal No. 36 Pick For Cash To Indiana Pacers, Who Take Orlando Johnson

The Sacramento Kings seem to be satisfied when they picked Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson fifth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. They're not taking anyone with their second round pick, as they dealt it to the Indiana Pacers for cash considerations. The Pacers just spent the number 36 pick drafting Orlando Johnson, a guard from UC Santa Barbara.

Shockingly, the Kings didn't get a draft pick back, or even future considerations, or some veteran player back. They received cash. Just cash. The joke almost writes itself here with regards to the Maloofs, who have pretty much kept themselves as close to the minimum salary cap as they could.

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2012 NBA Draft Results: Sacramento Kings Select Thomas Robinson With No. 5 Pick

The Sacramento Kings ended up taking one of the players they really wanted in Thomas Robinson from Kansas with the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. After Anthony Davis was picked first by the New Orleans Hornets, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken second by the Charlotte Bobcats, Bradley Beal was taken third by the Washington Wizards, and Dion Waiters was surprisingly taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Kings scooped up Robinson.

Robinson provides Sacramento with another huge inside presence to pair up with DeMarcus Cousins and now gives the Kings solid players at almost every position. Robinson gives the Kings a great power forward who crashes the boards, plays good defense, and can play off of Cousins offensively. A solid pick for Sacramento.

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2012 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors Making Decision On The Fly

The Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors have picks early in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Kings hold the number five pick, the Warriors the number seven pick. Will they hold onto them or will they take the players they've been targeting?

The decision might not come until both teams are on the clock.

However, their decisions could be based on who the teams ahead of them pick in the first round. The New Orleans Hornets are locked into Anthony Davis, but who the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers end up taking with the second, third and fourth picks respectively could be a huge factor if they take players those teams want.

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Sacramento Kings Like Thomas Robinson, Houston Rockets Pursuing No. 5 Pick Otherwise

The Sacramento Kings have dangled out the number five pick in the 2012 NBA Draft a lot. There's a good chance the players they really like will not be available for them, so they've considered moving it for the right deal.

The Houston Rockets have made some offers before, and it's quite possible that if Sacramento doesn't like the options available for them, they could be interested in what Houston has to offer. Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN have the following update.

Trade talks between the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets have intensified in the hours leading up to Thursday night's NBA draft and have put the Rockets in position to acquire the Kings' No. 5 pick if Sacramento elects to trade it, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com the Kings plan to wait as long as possible before committing to the trade to see who falls to them at No. 5. It's believed that Sacramento will walk away from the trade if Kansas' Thomas Robinson is still available after four picks are made.

The reason the Rockets want the number five pick isn't to really pick anyone, but give the pieces the Orlando Magic desire so they can trade for Dwight Howard and somehow try and get him to stick around after next year.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Bill Simmons Has Sacramento Kings Taking Thomas Robinson

So much intrigue surrounds what the Sacramento Kings will do with their fifth pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.

Bill Simmons and Chad Ford of Grantland released their latest mock, and it isn't very kind to the Kings and general manager Geoff Petrie, panning him for last year's trades on Draft Day and the construction of this current roster.

All that though, and Simmons has Petrie taking a guy that is probably close to a sure thing in Thomas Robinson from Kansas with the fifth pick.

You're right, this is crazy … let's just do something sane. With the fifth pick for Sacramento, I'm taking Thomas Robinson … a.k.a. the rich man's Carl Landry. Stick him with DeMarcus Cousins and, at the very least, you'll be pounding the boards and making opponents miserable every game. But if the Kings can get an offer like "Parsons and the 14th/18th picks" or "Rudy Gay straight up" or even "Andre Iguodala straight up" for this spot, they should grab it. You know, unless MKG is sitting there.

Ford seems to be optimistic on Robinson and pessimistic on Sacramento's ability to draft him.

Not only does he have an NBA body and athletic ability, but he's taller than everyone gave him credit for (so we can quit calling him undersized) and I think he plays as hard as anyone in the draft not named MKG. The Kings desperately need players like that, so, of course, this pick will never happen.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Kings Select Harrison Barnes No. 5 Overall

The NBA Draft is only a day away, though the mock drafts and rumor mills keep on keeping on up until the last minute. And in his latest 4.0 version of his NBA Mock Draft, Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick has the Sacramento Kings choosing Harrison Barnes with the No. 5 overall selection.

Even though Amick chose Barnes, his commentary suggests that Sacramento is having issues selecting just what player they would want with te No. 5 pick:

Sources said the Kings aren't as content as I'd previously thought about the idea of grabbing whichever player falls between Kidd-Gilchrist and Barnes (assuming Beal is gone and Robinson, with whom they'd likely be thrilled, is off the board as well). As discussed back in Mock 2.0, I'm now hearing once again that they may go big in an attempt to find a complement for young center DeMarcus Cousins. I still put Barnes here because he's the value pick who could be dealt to another team as part of a trade in which the Kings move back to select a big man. Sources said one of the possibilities is to swap picks with Golden State (No. 7) and pick up another asset. And it's well-chronicled that the Kings can move back in exchange for Houston's 14th and 16th picks.

One thing is for sure, and that's that the Kings aren't sold on Andre Drummond, whom they will likely avoid entirely:

As for which big man they'd opt for? That's not clear yet, though I'm told it wouldn't be Connecticut center Andre Drummond.

Should be interesting to see how this all pans out come Thursday.

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2012 NBA Draft: Latest Mock Draft Projects Harrison Barnes To Kings

The Sacramento Kings could go numerous ways at the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night. A wing such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Harrison Barnes could be a nice fit on the roster, but both players appear destined for picks two through four. A power forward such as Thomas Robinson could be a very imposing addition alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson, but he also may be off the board.

Bradley Beal is arguably the most talented player in this year's class, but he'd be overkill in Sacramento given their depth at the shooting guard position. Unless the Kings choose to deal Tyreke Evans, Beal seems very unlikely.

Here is the latest mock draft from Draft Express. They have the Kings going with Harrison Barnes from North Carolina.

Sacramento's front office and coaching staff are reportedly leaning toward the player who can help the most next season. They do not have the job security to wait on a prospect like Andre Drummond who could take two to three years to develop. With that in mind, Barnes is both the safest and most logical pick here considering how weak the Kings are at small forward, despite the fact that he refuses to work out for them (like everyone else in the top five).

Trading the pick to a team like Houston (or someone else) as part of a deal involving Kyle Lowry, Tyreke Evans and the Nos. 14 and 16 picks appears to be a real option according to numerous NBA executives, but Sacramento reportedly hopes to find a better alternative and has stalled on pulling the trigger. If Houston were to trade up, it appears that Drummond would be the target, which could cause Barnes to fall as far as Toronto's pick.

I also cannot see the Kings taking a big man such as Drummond with hopes to develop him, especially with Cousins and Thompson already forming a formidable front court.

Barnes would address the need of shooting and a legitimate option for the Kings on the wing, although his defense could leave something to be desired unless he improves greatly. After being one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA last season, a guy such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be a perfect fit due to his defensive-minded approach and toughness.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Pick Harrison Barnes

The Sacramento Kings still have no idea what they'll do with their pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Despite having the fifth pick, Sacramento might see all the players they want slip from their fingers, and that could leave them having to figure out who they actually want at the end of the day.

The SB Nation bloggers have come together and collaborated on the latest mock from the mothership, and it has the Kings taking North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes to shore up a deep position of need. Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty explains why Barnes fits the Kings with the fifth spot and how he could help improve Sacramento as a basketball team.

Y'all done messed up now, because with the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select Harrison Barnes. There are three things that the Kings sorely missed in 2011-12: defense (anywhere on the floor), deep shooting and a passable small forward. Barnes figures to fill two of those holes within a couple of years. He also allows Tyreke Evans to move back to the backcourt, where he's better-suited. If Jimmer Fredette finds his NBA range (and sticks with it), you have potentially two killer shooters available, a good balance for the team's pick-and-roll master (Isaiah Thomas) and slasher extraordinaire (Evans).

Drummond was not considered seriously here, and Jared Sullinger would have been before his back injury. John Henson is considered the official runner-up.


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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Harrison Barnes To Sacramento Kings

Perhaps the biggest issue for Sacramento this offseason is resolving their small forward issues. Sacramento does not have a strong elite perimeter threat and it has cost them significantly in terms of their overall shooting percentages and defense against the best wing players in the game. Sacramento will have to look for a player that can best complement the young batch of talent currently assembled in the California state capitol.

Jonathan Givony of Draft Express released his latest mock draft, and he has the Kings taking the best small forward available on the draft board in North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.

Sacramento's front office and coaching staff are reportedly leaning toward picking the player who can help the most next season. They do not have the job security to wait on a prospect like Andre Drummond who could take two to three years to develop. With that in mind, Barnes is both the safest and most logical pick here considering how weak the Kings are at small forward, despite the fact he refuses to work out for them (like everyone else in the top five).

Barnes would give Sacramento another elite shooter, plus perhaps the best King who can create his own shot off the dribble. He has definite pro ability and just needs to improve on his efficiency at the next level to ensure that he becomes a good pro.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Kings Select Kentucky SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

The Sacramento Kings will have plenty of behind-the-scenes drama going on throughout the 2012-13 NBA season, one expects. For the time being, however, they are looking forward to the 2012 NBA Draft, where they are sitting in the catbird seat with a very high first-round pick.

In Sam Amick's latest mock draft for Sports Illustrated, he believes that the Kings will use their No. 5 overall pick to select the immensely talented small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats.

The No. 5 team in the draft is having a hard time getting top five prospects to visit. The Kings haven't worked out Beal, Kidd-Gilchrist, Barnes or Robinson (or Davis, for obvious reasons). That doesn't mean those prospects won't come in before June 28 rolls around, but the Kings should feel good about their options nonetheless. All four players would provide yet another solid piece to their young core, but they'd be elated if Kidd-Gilchrist is available to fill what has been a musical-chairs position in recent years. The latest idea was to shift point guard Tyreke Evans to small forward this season, a move necessitated by the poor play of veteran swingman John Salmons. Francisco Garcia has started at times but is better served coming off the bench.

Weber State point guard Damian Lillard impressed in his workout in Sacramento, but the Kings aren't expected to pick a player like him just one year after adding Jimmer Fredette. Drummond could be a good fit eventually, but the Kings' win-now mentality is likely to preclude them from making that pick. Kentucky forward Terrence Jones played well in his Sacramento workout last week and has some fans within the organization, but I'm pretty sure Kidd-Gilchrist would get the nod here.

It seems as though it would be hard to go wrong with the No. 5 pick, but Kidd-Gilchrist would be a huge and valuable addition to the Kings.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Harrison Barnes Taken By Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings could use a small forward; it's undoubtedly their weakest position and the spot they need to improve upon the most . If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fell to them that would be ideal, but it's likely he'll be scooped up earlier. That means Sacramento will probably have to rely on their backup options to find the player they're looking for at the small forward position.

Matt Moore of CBS releases his latest mock, and it has the Kings taking one of those possible options in Harrison Barnes of North Carolina.

There's a lot of talk about Barnes going higher, and it would be a pretty big mistake. He has the potential to be somewhere between Tracy McGrady and Antawn Jamison, or he can be Marvin Williams. The Kings can afford this gamble and need a small forward. If they keep the pick, this is a natural fit.

Barnes isn't planning to work out with Sacramento though, which could put some hampering on this projection.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Selected By Sacramento Kings

With the NBA Draft creeping closer with every passing moment, the NBA Mock Draft train just keeps on a-chuggin' with the release of SB Nation's latest NBA Mock Draft from the basketball equivalent to Gandalf, that being Tom Ziller, of course.

In his latest edition, he has the Sacramento Kings selecting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the University of Kentucky with the No. 5 overall pick.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

For the second time in three years, the Kings land the second best prospect in the world with the No. 5 pick. /fist pump

Could be snark, could be true, but the fact that the Kings are selecting in the top 5 of the NBA draft each year and not actually getting any better may say a lot of their selections (or the weak draft classes of yesteryear). Hopefully another young addition like Kidd-Gilchrist to the incredibly young Kings will be that necessary catalyst to launch them to an NBA Championship.

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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Sacramento Kings, Harrison Barnes Reportedly Cancel Workout

The Sacramento Kings and Harrison Barnes have been rumored as a good fit for one another if he falls to the fifth spot in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Barnes upgrades Sacramento at the three spot and gives them an instant offensive weapon who can create his own shot and give the Kings solid (if young) starters at almost every position on the board.

However, it looks like Barnes and the Kings might never get that shot, as it doesn't look like Barnes will fall down that far the board. James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom tweeted the following.

It does lead you to wonder which of the top four teams would be the most interested in taking Barnes. The Hornets are clearly locked in on Anthony Davis, so that leaves the Charlotte Bobcats, the Washington Wizards, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, all of whom could use any sort of talent influx to improve the squad. Barnes is definitely a very talented player and one of the best ones left.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Select UNC's Harrison Barnes

ESPN's Chad Ford released his Mock Draft 8.0 on Tuesday and has the Sacramento Kings taking University of North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes with the no. 5 overall pick.

Here's a snippet of what Ford had to say about the Kings and Barnes:

If they can entice a team to give up a young veteran for the no. 5 pick, I think they do it. If they keep the pick, it's looking like they'll play it safe and grab Barnes. [UConn's Andre] Drummond is in the mix too, but he's a much riskier proposition.

Putting Barnes in the lineup at small forward next to Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins will give the Kings a floor spacer that can play off of Thomas and Evans' penetration and any double-teams Cousins may attract. He may struggle getting his own shot at the next level but on the Kings, his shots will be created for him and he was at his best playing off of point guard Kendall Marshall in college so that wouldn't be an adjustment for him.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings To Select SF Harrison Barnes With No. 5 Pick

The latest mock draft has the Sacramento Kings taking North Carolina SF Harrison Barnes in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Harrison Barnes Selected By Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings are a very interesting team. They have a franchise cornerstone with DeMarcus Cousins, and there is plenty of talent already in the mix with Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas and (probably) Jason Thompson.

If there is a glaring weakness on the roster, it is unquestionably at the small forward position. The John Salmons experiment in Sacramento was predictably ugly. Evans tried to shift to the position and did not play well most of the time. Former first round pick Donté Greene has shown brief flashes of brilliance, but he appears destined for a bench role at this point.

So what do the Kings do with the No. 5 pick at the 2012 NBA Draft? This latest mock draft from Draft Express has the club going with Harrison Barnes of North Carolina.

Harrison Barnes: SF, 19, 6-8, 223, North Carolina, Soph.

Sacramento's front office and coaching staff are reportedly leaning towards picking the player who can help the most next season. They simply do not have the job security to wait on a prospect like Andre Drummond who could take two to three years to develop. With that in mind, Harrison Barnes is both the safest and most logical pick here considering how weak the Kings are at small forward.

The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 28, 2012.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Kings Select Florida's Bradley Beal

Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick has released his latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft, and has the Sacramento Kings selecting one of the most coveted guards in this year's draft by taking shooting guard Bradley Beal out of the University of Florida.

Below in Amick's complete take on Beal and how he fits within the Kings' scheme:

PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
5 SG
Bradley Beal
Florida
Fr. 6-5 202
This space was initially reserved for North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, in part because he's the kind of proven, reliable talent that the Kings appear to be homing in on but also because I have reason to believe they like him quite a bit as a possible frontcourt partner to franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins. But the Beal appeal was ultimately too strong. Passing on him could wind up being the sort of move that haunts any executive -- in this case Sacramento president Geoff Petrie -- for years to come. But if this is how it shakes out, it will be complicated. As I mentioned, Beal has no current interest in working out for Sacramento and thus might not want to be there. What's more, the Kings have plenty of perimeter scorers -- Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans, John Salmons, Jimmer Fredette -- and drafting Beal would likely force them to shuffle the deck in other ways. Other possibilities here, with looming workouts expected to play a part: Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones, Baylor power forward Perry Jones, North Carolina power forward John Henson, Connecticut center Andre Drummond and Weber State point guard Damian Lillard.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Pick Kansas Forward Thomas Robinson

The Sacramento Kings will likely take a forward with the No. 5 pick at the 2012 NBA Draft, although they could also take a wing if the right player falls to them. That seems unlikely at this point, and most mock drafts have Sacramento adding a productive forward to their roster for next season. Could that player be Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, who was a finalist for National Player of the Year?

In this latest mock draft from Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, Robinson will be a King next month.

Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas: The Kings could use someone up front with DeMarcus Cousins. T-Rob is a relentless rebounder with a high-motor.

Not only was Robinson highly productive as a junior last season -- he averaged nearly 18 points and 12 rebounds a game in a tough conference -- but he is also a great person who has a team-first attitude. The Kings could certainly use that kind of player both on and off the court, so Robinson seems like a solid fit here. He and Cousins could be a dynamic duo in the paint for years to come.

The other options for Sacramento would be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Harrison Barnes if they drop to No. 5, but that seems pretty unlikely at this point. Other rumors suggest the Kings may go with big man Andre Drummond, although he is likely more of a project at this point who would require years to develop.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Sacramento Kings Could Deal No. 5 Pick If Andre Drummond Isn't Available

There's no secret that the Sacramento Kings are entertaining the prospect of trading away their first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. After Anthony Davis, there are no surefire players who could come in and instantly upgrade a team. The only other possible franchise player is UConn center Andre Drummond, although his enormous potential as a basketball player is as of yet untapped.

Is it Drummond or bust for Sacramento? Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio thinks so.

Meanwhile, the Kings might be interested in moving their pick for a big man if Connecticut center Andre Drummond doesn’t drop to them at No. 5, says a source. "They have enough perimeter guys," the source said. "In fact, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they saw what Marcus Thornton or Tyreke Evans, and maybe their pick, brought them. Probably not enough, but they really want another big to place alongside (DeMarcus) Cousins."

Wow. Trading the pick is one thing, but dealing players like Thornton and Evans at the same time too? Sacramento would have to be getting a pretty sizable star (or two) if they dealt away that much talent. The Kings just might well do it though; they definitely have enough talent on their roster, but aren't achieving significant results. Best to sell the talent when it's still performing at a high level.

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Sacramento Kings Really Targeting John Henson, Working Out Tyler Zeller

The Sacramento Kings probably shouldn't worry too much about drafting the best player available if they plan on keeping the current core together. The Kings already have plenty of talents on their roster who should eventually mesh well once given the chance to succeed.

What Sacramento really needs now is someone who fits the overall team profile. The Kings appear to be set at point guard with Isaiah Thomas and have their big man of the future in DeMarcus Cousins, and then will probably set in stone whether Marcus Thornton or Tyreke Evans are part of the team's long-term plans, but in the end Sacramento should at least have their backcourt set.

So that leaves the Kings with two areas of need for this draft: Small forward and power forward, most likely at power forward. Currently Sacramento seems to be leaning toward John Henson as that complement to Jason Thompson and Cousins. Sam Amick seems to believe Henson is one of the top targets for Sacramento on the board.

Another possibility? Henson's North Carolina teammate Tyler Zeller, who could become the second twin tower for the Kings. Zeller works out with Sacramento today along with a host of other players, but he's the only other one who could potentially be picked with the first round pick of the Kings.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Select Thomas Robinson With No. 5 Pick

The Sacramento Kings are in a bit of a sticky situation at the moment. The team has a cornerstone player of the future in DeMarcus Cousins and a great scorer in Marcus Thornton, but that's about all that is set in stone at the moment.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas had a nice rookie season, but it remains to be seen if he can keep that level of play up once defenses adjust to him. Guard/forward/point-forward Tyreke Evans has not developed the way Kings fans have hoped since a promising rookie year, and there have been talks that he could be moved in the right deal. Neither John Salmons nor Donté Green look like legitimate options on the wing, so there's a hole at that position as well.

Most mock drafts have the Kings going with a wing or forward with the No. 5 overall pick at the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. Chad Ford's latest mock has Sacramento going with Kansas big man Thomas Robinson in the first round.

Analysis: The Kings, if they keep the pick, will likely try to add some athleticism, size and toughness to their front line. Drummond is bigger and is an elite athlete, but Robinson is also an explosive athlete and actually produced in college. More importantly, Robinson is a winner. He could help Sacramento turn around the team's culture. The dark horse at No. 5? I'm hearing it could be UNC's John Henson.

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2012 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings Work Out John Henson, Like Bradley Beal

There is speculation the Sacramento Kings might end up dealing their draft pick even though they're in a prime spot at No. 5. But if they do pick someone, the Kings do have a lot of players they might be interested in taking at that spot.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has this to say on what the Kings have planned for the 2012 NBA Draft and who they might end up taking.

If the Cavs did indeed take Barnes -- in SI.com's first mock draft, I had them selecting Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal -- it would make things very interesting for Sacramento at No. 5 (which was Barnes' landing spot in my initial first-round forecast). I'm told the Kings have a similarly high opinion of Beal, like most teams do, but they're also overloaded with expensive wing scorers in Marcus Thornton (three years and $24.4 million remaining), Tyreke Evans (extension talks possible this summer and $5.2 million left in final season of deal in 2012-13) and John Salmons (two seasons and $15.5 million to go).

Scott Howard-Cooper might be giving an indication that the Kings could move their pick for the right price.

If the Kings aren't able to get Barnes, Beal seems like a very logical choice at that spot, as he is one of the most solid perimeter shooters out there. Henson could be an under-the-radar gem that really helps out the Kings with regards to their interior and overall team defense down the road. He isn't likely to be picked that high, so Sacramento might consider moving down to get a better deal and possibly pick up a player or additional picks.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Take Andre Drummond, Draymond Green

The Sacramento Kings have two picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. They're currently slated to draft with the 5th pick in the first round and the sixth pick in the second round. There is much speculation about Sacramento potentially dealing one or both of these picks. The Kings could be looking for a veteran that'll help upgrade their overall skill level while giving the team a solid on-the-court leader.

DraftExpress released their latest mock draft, and the Kings end up upgrading in size with both picks. With their first pick, the Kings take Andre Drummond, the UConn freshman center. Drummond has massive potential based on his overall athleticism, and could potentially grow into an excellent franchise big man down the road.

Their second pick goes to taking Draymond Green of Michigan State. Green could potentially be an energy guy or another young quality big that could complement Jason Thompson inside. Getting two quality bigs like that could help better improve the depth of Sacramento's frontline, potentially making them better defensively.

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Kings Draft Rumors: Thomas Robinson A Potential Pick For Sacramento?

NBADraft.net's latest mock draft has the Sacramento Kings selecting Kansas forward Thomas Robinson at No. 5 overall in the first round. While a player like Harrison Barnes at small forward might fill a bigger need for the Kings, there is a high chance he will not fall to No. 5. This goes without saying, there is also a chance Robinson is not available at No. 5 either. Either way, the 6'8" power forward is one of the top prospects in the draft and the Kings would be crazy not to take a look at him.

A recent scouting report on NBADraft.net says Robinson is one of the "safer picks" in the draft and has the potential to become an effective pick-and-roll player. Combine Robinson's pick-and-roll skills with the point guard prowess of Isaiah Thomas and the Kings might end up with one of the best young duos in the NBA. Robinson will also add depth to the Kings frontcourt behind DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson.

Here's a snippet of Robinson's scouting report from NBADraft.net:

High-motor forward that possesses the power/athleticism combination to be an effective player in the NBA ... Explosive leaper ... Doesn't waste any time collecting himself when he catches the ball around the rim

Robinson averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks last season.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Kings Select Harrison Barnes In First Round

The Sacramento Kings showed signs of promise this past season and will have yet another high pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Despite moving down in the lottery the last few seasons the team held strong on Wednesday night, getting the No. 5 pick in the first round.

Most believe the Kings will either go with a wing or big man with their selection, and the latest mock draft from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has Sacramento going with small forward Harrison Barnes.

As potentially potent as a Drummond-DeMarcus Cousins pairing might be, I'm told the Kings are more likely to take a more proven player like Barnes. Free-agent small forward Donte Greene has never panned out like the Kings hoped, and the trade for veteran swingman John Salmons last summer didn't work either. Ditto for small forward Omri Casspi, the 23rd pick in 2009, who was traded to Cleveland last summer. Sacramento moved Tyreke Evans from point guard to small forward this season, but his long-term future with the team is uncertain (he has one season left on his rookie contract and could be a restricted free agent next summer). Barnes may not become an All-Star, but the consensus from personnel men I've spoken with is that he'll be a productive scorer and shore up a team's small forward spot.

Barnes does seem like a pretty safe pick, but he lacks the upside that many teams value when drafting this high. He also would solidify the weakest spot on the Kings' roster, which could be very appealing to general manager Geoff Petrie.

There have also been a few rumors of the Kings dealing their pick to acquire a proven player on the wing, but those have mostly been unconfirmed up to this point. Given their large amount of salary cap space, you can bet the bosses in Sacramento will be an active bunch in the coming weeks.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Kings Pick Harrison Barnes No. 5 Overall

The Sacramento Kings found themselves in the lottery for the fifth straight year, meaning they'll be getting a top collegiate talent for the fifth straight season as well. The question remains as to who will be the best fit for them this year, though SB Nation's Tom Ziller feels North Carolina's Harrison Barnes would be an excellent selection in his latest NBA mock draft.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

5. SACRAMENTO KINGS: HARRISON BARNES

Harrison Barnes is the anti-Tyreke Evans on offense. Reke can score plenty, but pretty much only by driving to the rim. Barnes can score plenty ... except he can't drive to the rim. It's a nice match, especially when you consider DeMarcus Cousins' inside-out game, Isaiah Thomas' pick-and-roll talent and the absolute cavernous hole the team's small forward position has become.

Adding another young talented player to Sacramento's roster filled with young talented players is all good and fine, but Barnes does fit the mold very well, and could somewhat be the glue that holds this unit together if he flourishes.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Take Andre Drummond

The Sacramento Kings stayed right where they are in the 2012 NBA Draft order--they stay fifth overall. Anthony Davis is the only surefire talent in this pick, but there are a lot of other valuable players at this position and Sacramento could go in multiple directions.

They could upgrade their big man depth behind DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson. They could get stronger wing players to give Sacramento better outside shooting and versatility. They could find a guard that helps the Kings better move the ball and improve their offensive flow. They could even trade the pick to find a quality veteran talent to help Sacramento improve more quickly.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress files his latest mock draft and distributed it in Yahoo Sports. Givony has the Kings taking UConn center Andre Drummond.

This could be shades of 2010, where arguably the second-most-talented player in the draft fell to the No. 5 pick, only to be swooped up by the Sacramento Kings. Drummond could slip for different reasons than DeMarcus Cousins did, but there's little doubt the two complement each other fairly well, possibly forming one of the biggest and most physically gifted frontcourts in the NBA. The question is whether Sacramento will find a way to get the most out of Drummond's immense talent, and whether they are prepared to take on another project player who may take a couple of years to pan out.

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2012 NBA Draft Lottery Results: Kings Claim No. 5 Pick

The Sacramento Kings have enough questions surrounding their franchise at the moment, and the last thing they needed was to slide down the draft order this year in the NBA draft lottery. Luckily they didn't budge, keeping their No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Kings sat in the No. 5 spot heading into the lottery, owning a 25.5 percent chance of moving into the top three, and a 7.6 percent chance of taking the No. 1 pick this year. Unforutnately they stayed put, but they'll still have a great selection to make come the draft next month.

Owner Adrienne Maloof was on hand to represent the Kings in this year's lottery. It was the 5th straight season Sacramento has been part of the lottery.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Take Harrison Barnes, According To HoopsWorld

The Sacramento Kings still have a lot of things to fix up with their current squad. Their offense is constantly dysfunctional. The team just struggles to create things, and defensively they always seem to be one of the worst league. The only solution seems to be an influx of more talent. One position that needs to be shored up is the wing position, which just isn't dynamic enough to really provide weapons around DeMarcus Cousins.

Hoopsworld releases their latest mock, and all four mocks have the Kings zeroing in on Harrison Barnes of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Barnes would shore up the needs of the Kings at the small forward position. The Kings need wings to really make their offense complete, and hopefully the defense will follow.

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NBA 2012 Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Pick Harrison Barnes

In NBADraft.net's latest 2012 NBA mock draft, the website has the Sacramento Kings selecting North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes at No. 5 overall. The Kings will not know their exact draft position until next Wednesday, but if the lottery goes as expected, they will most likely have a top six pick. They have a 7.6 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

Picking Barnes is not a bad idea as small forwards Donte Green and Terrence Williams are both unrestricted free agents this summer. The former North Carolina Tar Heel is one of the best small forward prospects this year's draft class has to offer alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky.

In his sophomore season at North Carolina, Barnes averaged 17.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game under Head Coach Roy Williams.

Here is an excerpt from NBADraft.net's profile on Barnes:

Barnes has a high basement, in that worst case scenario he serves as an outside threat that can slash and defend ... He's proven that his game is better suited complimenting a top scoring option then being one himself

Barnes joins teammates Kendall Marshall and John Henson in declaring for the draft as underclassmen. The trio helped lead the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight before being eliminated by Kansas.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Take Bradley Beal, Will Barton

The Sacramento Kings look to continue to rebuild as a team in the 2012 NBA Draft, and they have two picks. One figures to be in a good spot after the NBA Draft lottery is announced, and the other will be early in the second round.

DraftExpress releases his latest mock, and it has the Kings taking shooting guard Bradley Beal from the Florida Gators. Beal would provide a new option at guard to complement Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas if Tyreke Evans ends up getting dealt this offseason. Beal fits the more fundamental definition of the 2-spot and could be a player that greatly assists Sacramento becoming more coherent on the offensive end.

Will Barton of the Memphis Tigers is taken by the Kings with their second round pick. A small forward, Barton could provide more depth at Sacramento's weakest position.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings And Harrison Barnes The Perfect Match?

The Sacramento Kings are lottery-bound once again and probably destined for a projected top-five draft pick in 2012. Could they find another piece to the puzzle in rebuilding back to the path to success?

HoopsWorld releases their mock, and three of their writers have the Kings taking Harrison Barnes of North Carolina with their first round pick. Indeed, if there's any position where Sacramento needs upgrading, it's the small forward position, where the Kings have just not been very good the past few years and have generally been weak since they traded away Ron Artest. Barnes did struggle from the field as one of the primary scoring options for the Tar Heels, but with the focus of the offense likely to come from Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins, there will be less pressure for Barnes to provide the bulk of the scoring load.

Sacramento would suddenly have one of the youngest and talented starting lineups that could be ready to make their move next season. Barnes (and maybe Thomas Robinson, who gets picked with the minority mock to the Kings) are possible solutions to holes in the Sacramento lineup.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Take Thomas Robinson, Darius Miller

The Sacramento Kings are in good shape to land a top-five pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Kings currently have one of the worst records in the NBA, and they might have coverage.

DraftExpress releases his latest mock, and the Kings take a really impressive big man in Kansas's Thomas Robinson. Robinson is a solid power forward with great rebounding skills, and could team up to be a devastating tandem with DeMarcus Cousins on the inside and really complete Sacramento's big men lineup. Darius Miller gets picked in the second round as possibly the team's newest wing player.

To discuss who the Kings should take in the 2012 NBA Draft, check out Sactown Royalty. To discuss how good Robinson is with Kansas basketball fans, go to Rock Chalk Talk. To learn more about Miller from Kentucky basketball fans, hit up A Sea of Blue.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Sacramento Kings Select Bradley Beal, Darius Miller

The Sacramento Kings could be stacking up their wing depth in the 2012 NBA Draft, as one mock has them taking Bradley Beal of Florida and Darius Miller of Kentucky.

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