2011 NBA Draft: Kings Interview Kawhi Leonard, Norris Cole

According to a report from Kings beat writer Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the team has already interviewed several players who could potentially address their most glaring needs. 

"Colorado guard Alec Burks, Kentucky guard Brandon Knight, Cleveland State guard Norris Cole and San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard are also among those the Kings have interviewed."

Small forward seems to be the area that Sacramento needs to upgrade the most in the short-term where the underwhelming trio of Francisco Garcia, Donte Greene and Omri Casspi are currently filling that role. Leonard is currently one of the fastest rising players on most mock drafts thanks to his physical profile and versatility. Still, there are some questions about his current skill set with many point towards a true shooting percentage of 51% in the Mountain West Conference. Still, the San Diego State product presents one of the more intriguing make-ups in this draft class from an athletic standpoint.

The search for a backup point guard also appears to be a path the Kings could take come draft night. Several floor generals have been interviewed by the team already including Norris Cole of Cleveland State. The 6-foot-2 point guard proved remarkably efficient as a senior, averaging over 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. While there are questions about his perimeter shooting (something that has improved throughout his college career), his effort and ability to operate consistently in transition and the pick and roll makes him a very viable option as a backup point guard.

The Kings have three picks in this year's draft, one in the first round (No. 7 overall) and two in the second round, (No. 36 and No. 60). It's possible Leonard could be a reach at 7, but he should be available at that point. Cole would almost certainly still be on the board at pick No. 36.

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