In offseasons past, I never paid much attention to pre-draft workouts. Things happen so rapidly on draft night that after the top 15 picks, it seems like everyone takes the best player available. So the whole dog-and-pony show seemed like a facade to me.
But apparently these workouts do matter, a lot. David Thorpe - the guy who turned a raw beanpole named Kevin Martin into the #26 pick of the 2004 draft - says these workouts are very important to team executives and scouts:
So obviously, Petrie cares about these workouts - that level of statkeeping during warmups and 1-on-1 games is astounding. (Kevin's shooting was also astounding.) So in order to know what's going to happen June 28, we should probably pay attention to all this, right?
Well then, here are the players that have worked out for the Kings:
Also, Saer Sene - the 7-footer from Senegal with a wingspan of 7'8 and allegedly remarkable shot-blocking and rebounding talent - will reportedly be working out for the team in the next week (if he didn't over the weekend).
According to DraftExpress - the best draft site out there - these are the guys likely to be working out in Orlando:
I'll be eager to find out if Petrie works out any of the other top point guard prospects with a possibility of falling to #19 - Guillermo Diaz, Sergio Rodriguez, Quincy Douby. Guys like that won't be in Orlando (except for a physical), and Farmar may end up skipping the meat market, as well. If Diaz, Douby, and Rodriguez don't end up working out for Petrie, it could mean the Kings are either looking strongly at taking a big man (Armstrong and Sene would be the logical options) or Farmar.
Keep an eye on this.