Kings select Thomas Robinson fifth overall in 2012 NBA Draft

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Kings select Thomas Robinson fifth overall in 2012 NBA Draft

The Sacramento Kings selected Thomas Robinson with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Robinson is a six-foot-ten, 237-pound power forward from Kansas set the school's single-season record and led the nation with 27 double-doubles last year.

Robinson averaged 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 313.3 minutes per game.

"I expected him to maybe have a shot at winning conference Player of the Year, I really did." Kansas coach Bill Self said. "If you're the best player in our league, you're going to be one of the better players around. But the national Player of the Year attention that he's getting certainly would have been a dream, and I would have never anticipated that. The thing that amazes me from a production standpoint is how consistent he's been.

Former Kings top draft pick Fredette scores 73 points for Shanghai Sharks

Former Kings top draft pick Fredette scores 73 points for Shanghai Sharks

Former Kings No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Jimmer Fredette, is back to making buckets. 

The sharp-shooter continued his dominance in the Chinese Basketball Association with 73 points Sunday night in the Shanghai Sharks' 135-132 double-overtime loss to the Zhejiang Lions. 

Fredette took 49 shots on the night, making 25 of them, and also drained 10 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity strike he went a perfect 13-of-13.

The 73-point night is the fourth-highest scoring game in CBA history.  

Fredette, 27, is taking the league by storm. In 36 games played, he is averaging 36.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. And he's connecting on 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. 

Sacramento traded Fredette after 41 games in his third season with the Kings where he only averaged 7.0 points points while playing 15.0 minutes per game.

Over five NBA seasons between four teams, Fredette only averaged 6.0 points per contest. 

Cousins eliminated in first round of Skills Competition by eventual champ Porzingis

Cousins eliminated in first round of Skills Competition by eventual champ Porzingis

Big men continue to reign supreme in the NBA All-Star Saturday night skills competition.

New York Knicks 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Porzingis won it, beginning his journey by beating Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and ending it by besting Utah's Gordon Hayward.

Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did.

Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic.

Porzingis and Hayward were neck and neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it.

The three-round, obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.