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With the fifth overall pick, Sacramento is in position to select the best player available regardless of position. The Kings certainly could use a young complement to DeMarcus Cousins as well as an athletic wing player, and they'll have an opportunity to take "whoever's left" at No. 5.
Despite a disappointing 2011 season, Sacramento has two key building blocks for the future. Tyreke Evans may do as much for the Kings as any other player in the league does for his team, while Cousins is one of the most physically gifted post players in basketball.
With a dominant post player and a crafty perimeter player already in the fold, the Kings have the benefit of going several different directions with their first pick.
Damian Lillard is a potential target for the Kings despite an impressive season from incumbent point guard Isaiah Thomas. Harrison Barnes and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will also be considered, as a versatile swingman would be a welcome addition to the up-and-coming Kings.
However, the ideal situation for Sacramento would be if Barnes, Beal and Kidd-Gilchrist were off the board, leaving Thomas Robinson as the obvious choice at No. 5.
Since he's expected to come off the board before the Kings pick at five, it appears Robinson is unlikely to work out for Sacramento prior to the draft. Nonetheless, he looks like a perfect fit for the Kings, provided he's still available when they're on the clock.
Despite being slightly undersized for an NBA power forward at 6'8", Robinson's 7'3" wingspan compensates for his perceived lack of length. In his final year at Kansas, Robinson proved to be much more than just a scorer, as he added 11.9 rebounds per game to his 17.7 points.
Paired with Cousins, Robinson would give the Kings one of the most offensively skilled post duos in the NBA—and both players are only 21 years old.
In just his second season in the league, Cousins averaged 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last year. If he keeps his focus and shows proper discipline, Cousins has all the tools to develop into one of the NBA's elite big men.
If he reaches his full potential, and Sacramento selects Robinson next week, the Kings will hope to be in to be in contention to be crowned NBA champions in the future.