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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Sacramento Kings Opt for Jonas Valanciunas at No. ...

The Sacramento Kings Need a Home and a Big Man, Which is Where Jonas Valanciunas Comes In Via the 2011 NBA Draft Not surprisingly, DeMarcus Cousins had his share of outbursts during his rookie season. He also showed he can in fact be a decent post scorer.Decent, but not great.Adding another big man in the NBA Draft would be a nice move for a franchise in need of a home and an economic bailout.Sacramento could take a point guard at No. 5 to compliment Tyreke Evans, but Valanciunas has more upside than any floor general on the board.READ MORE: 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Jimmer Fredette and Projections for First and Second RoundPlayer AnalysisAt 6-11, Valanciunas is only 18 years old and is already listed at 240 pounds.Although he probably won't come overseas immediately, he is not as raw as the other international players likely to be lottery picks.The Lithuanian has held his own in international play, including against top big man Enes Kanter.Pro Projection: Solid NBA StarterThink Darko Milicic, only with a hint of competitive drive and assertiveness.Valanciunas has sprouted four inches since turning 16 and has a decent amount of physical presence already.Just imagine what two more years and 20 more pounds would do for his NBA game.Pick Grade: B+Sure, you never know what you're getting when you tap the young, international talent base. Omri Casspi's inconsistent play might tempt the Kings to avoid going overseas and settle for a decent American player.At this point, not even five Jimmer Fredette's could save the Kings from the financial doldrums.The Maloofs finally make a gamble that pays off.

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Warriors' Monta Ellis out with grade-2 concussion

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, who was fouled hard by Sacramento Sacramento ...

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Late-season resurgence continues despite errors

HOUSTON #x96; The Kings looked prepared to remind everyone they spent much of this season showing a knack for finding creative ways to blow ...

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Sacramento Kings (22-54) at Houston Rockets (41-36), 5:30 p.m.

The Houston Rockets have been playing tremendous basketball recently but still find themselves on the outside, looking in at ...

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Kings relish spoilers' role

HOUSTON #x96; With the Kings long out of the playoff hunt, it's that time of year to drag out a cliché all teams in their position ...

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Evans' 24 points leads Kings over Jazz

There's no real answer for what next season holds for the Kings. The Kings' DeMarcus Cousins shows players on the bench where he was fouled ...

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2010 NBA Mock Draft
01. John Wall (WW)
02. Evan Turner (76ers)
03. Derrick Favors (NJN)
04. Wesley Johnson (MT)
05. DeMarcus Cousins (SK)
06. Ekpe Udoh (GSW)
07. Greg Monroe (DP)
08. Al-Farouq Aminu (LAC)
09. Gordon Hayward (UJ)
10. Paul George (IP)
2009 NBA Mock Draft
01. Blake Griffin (LAC)
02. Hasheem Thabeet (MG)
03. James Harden (OCT)
04. Tyreke Evans (SK)
05. Ricky Rubio (MT)
06. Jonny Flynn (MT)
07. Stephen Curry (GSW)
08. Jordan Hill (NYK)
09. DeMar DeRozan (TR)
10. Brandon Jennings (MB)
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