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Sacramento Kings Draft: Team Works Out Final Candidates; Tyreke Evans Shines
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It appears the Kings have narrowed down their choices for the No. 4 overall pick to three candidates: Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, and Jonny Flynn.

 

On Sunday, the Kings held a workout with the last remaining prospects they are considering. This was a bit of a who's-who of the point guard class.

 

The workout included Evans, Flynn, Stephen Curry and Patrick Mills.

 

Each of these prospects bring very different strengths and weaknesses to the table.

 

Flynn represents a true distributing point guard with a vocal leadership style that the young Kings have been sorely missing. On the downside, there are questions about his size and strength.

 

For Curry, the obvious strength is his shooting ability. He is considered the best pure shooter in the class. There are, however, questions about his ability to run the point, along with a standing belief that he would rather not play in Sacramento.

 

Sources say that he was only in Sacramento for this workout for the opportunity to show what he could do against the other top point guards.

 

Patrick Mills displayed his blazing fast speed and is considered a possibility for the Kings second first-rounder at No. 23, the pick acquired from Houston in the Ron Artest trade.

 

The real story of this workout, however, was Tyreke Evans.

 

Evans will enter the NBA with a suspect jump shot and a lack of experience running the point, as he played primarily on the wings in college.

 

Evans' strengths are his size, athleticism and pure physicality. These were on full display in this workout, as he was able to physically dominate the other guards and get himself to the rim at will. One observer noted that, “He looked like a man playing among boys.”

 

One of his crossovers on Curry, which left Curry on the ground, led observers to further question Curry's defensive ability.

 

If this workout is any indication, it seems likely that Evans will be the Kings pick on Thursday.

 

Noticeably absent from this workout were other top point guard prospects Brandon Jennings and Jrue Holliday. This would seem to suggest that they are both out of the running.

 

The last complication is the wavering interest of the Kings in Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.

 

Rubio was in Sacramento last week, but fell ill. As a result, he missed out on both his workout and his interview with Kings ownership, the Malloof brothers.

 

One obstacle for Rubio was cleared on Sunday as his agent was finalizing the details of his buyout from his team in Spain.

 

It is still unclear if the Kings will consider Rubio if he is available at No. 4.

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