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Pre-Draft Workouts - **Updated**

The following is a comprehensive listing of pre-draft workouts for the Kings.  Please stick with me as I'll provide a few observations as well...

Notable prospects that worked out for the Kings in Sacramento:

Keith Benson, F/C, Oakland
Alec Burks, G/F, Colorado (Also interviewed in Chicago)
Jimmy Butler, G/F, Marquette
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, F/C, Washington
Jimmer Fredette, G, Brigham Young (Also interviewed in Chicago)
Andrew Goudelock, G, College of Charleston
Josh Harrellson, C, Kentucky
Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee
Justin Holiday, G/F, Washington
Tyler Honeycutt, F, UCLA
Scotty Hopson, F, Tennessee
Cory Joseph, G, Texas (Also interviewed in Chicago)
Brandon Knight, G, Kentucky (Also interviewed in Chicago)
Kawhi Leonard, F, San Diego State (Also interviewed in Chicago)
DeAndre Liggins, G/F, Kentucky
David Lighty, G, Ohio State
Josh Selby, G, Kansas
Isaiah Thomas, G, Washington
Malcolm Thomas, F, San Diego State
Klay Thompson, G/F, Washington State
Nikola Vucevic, C, USC
Kemba Walker, G, Connecticut
Jordan Williams, F/C, Maryland

[Also worked out in Sacramento: Talor Battle; Gilbert Brown; DeAngelo Casto; Randy Culpepper; Papa Dia; Cory Fisher; Austin Freeman; Kevin Galloway; D.J. Gay; Jeremy Hazell; Matt Howard; Justin Hurtt; Delroy James; Ravern Johnson; Kalin Lucas; Mickey McConnell; Sam Muldrow; Mark Payne; Jamine Peterson; Jacob Pullen; Xavier Rabaseda; Xavier Silas; Julyan Stone; Greg Smith; and Alex Stephenson.]

The following are notable prospects who also worked out for Kings representatives in Treviso, Italy on June 11-13, 2011:

Davis Bertans, F, Latvia
Bismack Biyombo, F, Congo
Adam Hanga, G, Hungary
Donatas Motiejunas, F, Lithuania
Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic (Held private workout with Kings representatives in New Jersey on June 19th)

The following are notable prospects who also worked out for Kings representatives in Minneapolis on May 23, 2011:

Keith Benson; Michael Dunigan; Justin Holiday; Tyler Honeycutt; Charles Jenkins; JaJuan Johnson; Malcolm Lee; Travis Leslie; Jon Leuer; Kalin Lucas; Shelvin Mack; E'Twaun Moore; Chandler Parsons; Jereme Richmond; Josh Shelby; Jamie Skeen; and Jordan Williams.

The following were also interviewed by Kings representatives in Chicago the week of May 23, 2011:

Marshon Brooks; Norris Cole (canceled workout in Sacramento); JaJuan Johnson; Travis Leslie; Kyle Singler; Nolan Smith; Tristan Thompson; and Derrick Williams.

Notable prospects that did NOT work out for the Kings in Sacramento:

Davis Bertans; Bismack Biyombo; Marshon Brooks; Kenneth Faried; Justin Harper; Jordan Hamilton; Kyrie Irving; Reggie Jackson; Charles Jenkins; JaJuan Johnson; Enes Kanter; Malcolm Lee; Travis Leslie; Shelvin Mack; Nikola Mirotic; Darius Morris; Marcus Morris; Markieff Morris; Donatas Motiejunas; Chandler Parsons; Iman Shumpert; Kyle Singler; Chris Singleton; Nolan Smith; Jeremy Tyler; Jonas Valanciunas; Jan Vesely; and Derrick Williams.

Observations:

Not a single player has worked out for the Kings in Sacramento more than once.  This contrasts with previous lottery years, such as 2009 when Tyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday and Nick Calathes all came at least twice.

The Kings only worked out five potential selections for the number seven pick in Sacramento: Burks, Knight, Fredette, Leonard and Walker.  Klay Thompson could also potentially be in play at seven but it's unlikely.  The only  foreign players to not work out in Sacramento but still be options at seven are Biyombo, Vesely and Valunciunas.

Projections:

Barring any draft-day transactions, the most likely candidates to be selected at seventh overall include: Burks, Knight, Fredette, Leonard, Valanciunas, Vesely and Walker.  Knight appears to be the least likely of these potential selections as both Utah and Toronto are reportedly very interested in taking him and pick third and fifth respectively. 

The odds of the Kings selecting another teenager (i.e. Evans, DeMarcus Cousins) in this draft are slim.  The only possible exceptions would be if Knight or Valanciunas fell to seven. (Leonard turns 20 soon and had two years of college experience.) Valanciunas could potentially be available due to his contract status in Europe preventing him from coming to the NBA for at least another year.  However, Valanciunas did not work out for Kings representatives in Sacramento or Treviso.

Fredette is the hardest player to project since the general consensus around draft prognosticators indicates him going no higher than 12th (Utah) unless the Kings took him at seven.  This has caused most analysts and writers to indicate that the Kings would not be getting the "most value" at the seventh pick by selecting Fredette unless there was a trade forthcoming and the BYU guard was being picked for another franchise.  (The same scenario exists for other players, such as Valanciunas.  Recent rumors suggest San Antonio might covet the Lithuanian.)

Another option in regards to Fredette would be the Kings taking a player such as Walker, and trading him for Fredette and other considerations.  For instance, the Kings select Walker seventh and then trade him to Charlotte for Fredette, whom the Bobcats select ninth, and other considerations. Other potential trade partners could include: Golden State (11), Utah (12), Phoenix (13), Houston (14), Indiana (15) and New York (17).  If the Kings are targeting one of the other players they've worked out (i.e. Harris, Honeycutt, Vucevic), this could be a very intriguing option for Geoff Petrie and Sacramento's front-office if at all possible.

In terms of the Kings' second round selections, 35 and 60, the most likely candidates at this point appear to be the following:

35 - Keith Benson; Davis Bertans; Jimmy Butler; Norris Cole; Andrew Goudelock; Justin Holiday; Scotty Hopson; JaJuan Johnson; Malcolm Lee; Travis Leslie; Josh Selby; Kyle Singler; Nolan Smith; and Isaiah Thomas.

60 - Matthew Bryan-Amaning; Randy Culpepper; Michael Dunigan; Austin Freeman; D.J. Gay; Adam Hanga; Josh Harrellson; Justin Holiday; Matt Howard; Ravern Johnson; Cory Joseph; DeAndre Liggins; David Lighty; Kalin Lucas; Mickey McConnell; Jamine Peterson; Jacob Pullen; Greg Smith; Alex Stephenson; Malcolm Thomas; and Jordan Williams.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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