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Will Sacramento make a move?


Will Sacramento make a move?

At least next season the lowly Kings will be playing in Sacramento. It could be their last year in the California state capitol because ownership is shopping the franchise around to any city that is willing to build them a stadium becauseSacramento isn't willing to. Wherever the Kings land, that city will inherit a team that has struggled mightily, missing the playoffs for six straight seasons.
Sacramento has a few notable players like forward DeMarcus Cousins and guard Tyreke Evans, but the bigsplashfor the team was drafting Kansas forward Thomas Robinson who slipped to them with the fifth overall pick in this summer's draft.
The 6'-10" Robinson jumped on to the national scene at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to the national title game and averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds a game in his junior season. Robinson was one of the most improved players in college basketball as he almost tripled his scoring and doubled his rebounding from his sophomore to junior season. With a tireless work ethic, the Kings hope Robinson can continue to improve and jump in right away and be the team's starting power forward.
The extremely talented but immature DeMarcus Cousins can move over to center for the Kings with the addition of Robinson. The 6'-11 Cousins averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds for the 22-44 Kings last season. If the 22-year old Cousins can stay focused, he could be an all-star caliber player.
Sacramento re-signed center Jason Thompson to a hefty five-year, 34-million deal. Thompson started 47 games for the Kings last season and averaged 9 points and 7 rebounds and he will likely back up Cousins in the middle.
The Kings also added free-agent point guard Aaron Brooks, signing him to a two-year, 6.6-million deal. Brooks played in China last season but two years ago he averaged 19 points and 5 assists a game for the Rockets. The ultra-quick Brooks could back up starter Tyreke Evans, or coach Keith Smart could start Brooks at point and slide the 6'-6" Evans to shooting guard or even smallforward. The Kings have options with Brooks in the fold.
Sacramento acquired small forward James Johnson from Toronto. The former first-round pick started 40 games for the Raptors and averaged 9 points.
Back for his second season is last year's first-round pick Jimmer Fredette who had a tough rookie season, putting up only 7 points a game. Fredette will have to have more of an impact shooting the ball if the Kings wantto accelerate the rebuild project.
Sacramento may be on the move geographically, but it'sunlikelythey will move up in the standings in a stacked western conference this season.

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Keldon Johnson

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Keldon Johnson

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Keldon Johnson

School: Kentucky
Position: Guard
Age: 19 (turns 21 in October)
Height: 6-6
Weight: 216
Wingspan: 6-9
Max vertical: N/A

2018/19 stats: 13.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.2 bpg, 46.1 FG% (4.6/10.1), 38.1 3PT% (1.2/3.2), 70.3 FT%

Player comparison: Gary Harris, Jerome Robinson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 19th, NBADraft.net 15th, Bleacher Report 8th, Sports Illustrated 23rd, Ringer 21st

5 things to know:

*Johnson is considered the best NBA prospect in this year's class from the University of Kentucky. Though the Wildcats usually churn out top-10 picks, he is projected to go somewhere in the back end of the lottery or in the 20s. His teammates Tyler Herro and P.J. Washington are expected to go late in the first round.

*Johnson is an athletic, slashing wing who is quick up and down the floor. His highlights are filled with fastbreak dunks and agile plays around the basket. Johnson, though, didn't participate in the vertical leap measurement at the combine, so there is some mystery there.

*He has a solid outside shot. Johnson made 38.2 percent of his threes on 3.2 attempts per game, which is impressive especially for a freshman. He appears to have smooth mechanics on his jumper and a quick release. Johnson, though, like most young players has to develop his ability to shoot off the dribble.

*Johnson plays with a lot of passion and is known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve. He brings tons of energy to both ends of the floor and that is a good sign for his potential at the next level.

*Johnson has a few local connections. He is from Chesterfield, VA, just south of Richmond. He went to high school at Oak Hill Academy in southwestern Virginia. His brother, Kaleb, plays basketball for Georgetown University. And his other brother, Kyle, played at Old Dominion.

Fit with Wizards: Johnson happens to play the one position the Wizards have solidified, at least in their starting lineup with Bradley Beal. However, they could use more guard depth in general and Beal needs some help behind him.

The Wizards thought they had solved that with Austin Rivers this past season and that didn't work out. The result was Beal leading the NBA in minutes played in the second straight year he appeared in all 82 games.

Iron Man streaks are great, but not ideal for a guy who has a history of leg injuries and a long career ahead of him. Johnson is the type of player who could take some pressure off of Beal and possibly play with him at the three-spot. He would also add shooting, which the Wizards need.

The question would be if he is good enough to pick ninth overall and if that need is enough to justify at that spot. The answer is probably not, but Johnson seems like a guy who could soar up draft boards once workouts begin.

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Bradley Beal was the first guard cut from the All-NBA teams

Bradley Beal was the first guard cut from the All-NBA teams

Bradley Beal missed out on an All-NBA selection, and therefore, qualification for a supermax contract. Voting tallies show he received the most votes among guards that missed the cut. 

That's small consolation for the only player to average 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists this year, but still not make the All-NBA team. 

Here's a look at just how close Beal came to Kemba Walker, the last guard to sneak in. 

Walker (51 points) beat out Beal (34 points) more narrowly than at any other position. Klay Thompson received 27 points. 

It's rare air to be ranked so closely with guards like Walker and three-time champion Thompson.

Still, that hardly makes up for the earning potential the Wizards star missed out on this summer.

Damian Lillard, who was drafted in the same year as Beal, made second team All-NBA and qualified for a $191 million supermax contract from the Trail Blazers. 

That's a big-money difference for a very close voting tally.

On the flip side, that could mean the Wizards can afford to hang onto Beal. They would have had a difficult time offering him a supermax contract given their current salary cap situation.