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The above suggested marketing material (feel free to steal it, promotions staffers) was inspired by a thought-provoking post from The Bee's Scott Howard-Cooper, who as I've ever said before has long been one of my favorite basketball writers.

So: Hawes and Thompson. They got drafted in a row and the Kings are projecting them to play next to each other for eight or 10 years. The compatibility factor is greater than how Thompson will partner with Kevin Martin or Ron Artest.

The Kings undoubtedly asked themselves the same questions about how their big men of 2012 would mesh and obviously responded with approving nods.

Hawes and Thompson. I dig.