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Calipari denies Kings' rumors

Said Chris Broussard of John Calipari and Sacramento discussing a job: "It's not a stretch they may have talked about it to some degree." Could Calipari be swayed to leave Kentucky? "It would take some ownership stakes."

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Calipari denies Kings rumors, will remain at UK

John Calipari denied the latest rumors linking him to an NBA job, saying there's no substance to the notion that he would leave Kentucky for the Sacramento Kings.

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Reports: Kings interested in Coach Cal?

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive spoke with Kentucky's John Calipari about his interest in taking over the front-office and coaching jobs, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. However, Kings VP Vlade Divac told ESPN's Marc Stein the report is "absolutely not true."

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NBA big men changing places

Over the past 3 seasons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins are the only 3 players to average 20 PPG and 10 RPG. All 3 could change teams, either in a trade (Cousins) or via free agency (Aldridge, Love).

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WCS not the right pick for the Kings

Willie Cauley-Stein is a tremendous interior defender, but his inability to stretch the floor could cause matchup problems on DeMarcus Cousins for coach George Karl (if Cousins stays in Sacramento). With that in mind, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave the Kings' draft a thumbs-down. Draft thumbs-up or thumbs-down

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Grantland: NBA draft winners and losers

Grantland's Chris Ryan and Andrew Sharp detail the strong moves made by Pat Riley and Mitch Kupchak and the excitement Mario Hezonja will bring to the Magic, but they aren't so sure about the draft plans of the Pacers, Celtics, Jazz and Wizards.

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Ford: WCS pick 'brilliant or a disaster'

Chad Ford sees Willie Cauley-Stein as perhaps the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in the draft. Despite unparalleled athleticism and defensive versatility, there are questions about WCS' offense, mentality and health. The Kings swung for the fences, earning them a B-minus. Ford's complete draft grades (Insider)

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Windhorst: Kings mess is on owner

"This is not necessarily a George Karl-[DeMarcus] Cousins thing. What this is is a failure, frankly, by their owner Vivek Ranadive."

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Thumbs-up or thumbs-down on every team's picks

The Timberwolves, Lakers and 76ers made splashes with the first three selections. How did they -- and the rest of the league -- do Thursday? Our NBA writers assess every team's draft picks.

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WCS is ready to boogie with Cousins

Assuming DeMarcus Cousins sticks around in Sacramento, Willie Cauley-Stein is ready to play alongside him: "We're both really versatile. He's a banger, but he also got finesse. ... I think were going to have a good duo there."

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Did Kings reach at No. 6

Jay Williams: "I know he's talented defensively, but I don't know if Willie Cauley-Stein is the No. 6 pick in the draft." (Rob Tringali for ESPN)

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Rose on Cauley-Stein's comparison

Jalen Rose: "He's not going to shoot the ball. He's going to give you maximum energy. ... And that is why I compare him to Tyson Chandler." But WCS disagrees: "I'm talented enough to do multiple things."

WCS is all about the defense

Jay Bilas on Willie Cauley-Stein: "He can get steals, he can block shots, protect the rim. He's not a big-time rebounder, but he can rebound. ... He's not an offensive player, he's taken primarily as a defender. If you put him in a pick and roll situation, he can switch onto just about anybody. ... Willie Cauley-Stein can literally guard any position on the floor at any time."

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NBA Prospect: Willie Cauley-Stein

Chad Ford breaks down Willie Cauley-Stein's skill set as Cauley-Stein gets set to enter the NBA.

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Insider profile: Willie Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein needs to improve his offensive game, but the 7-footer has a rare combination of quickness and explosive leaping ability. Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game last season. Ability to guard all five positions

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game101.314th
Rebounds Per Game44.29th
Assists Per Game20.326th
Points Allowed105.028th

Team History

YearWLPCT
2014-152953.353
2013-142854.341
2012-132854.341
2011-122244.333
2010-112458.292