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Keegan Murray Named Summer League MVP

Murray was recognized for his consistently excellent play.
By | 113 Comments | Jul 18, 2022

Jul 3, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) shoots against the Miami Heat during the first quarter at the California Summer League at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings rookie Keegan Murray was named Summer League MVP on Monday, following his start-to-finish excellence in Vegas.

Murray was also named to the All-Summer League First Team.

As noted by the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson, Murray joins Davion Mitchell in MVP honors, as Davion was named Co-MVP last summer.

As we’ve noted in our exhaustive recaps of each summer league game, Keegan Murray had a spectacular Summer League. In Vegas he averaged 23.3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 50% from the field, and 40% from beyond the arc on 8.8 3PAs per game.

Murray’s performance in Vegas was a step up from an already-strong showing at the California Classic, where he averaged 19.7 points, and 8 rebounds per game.

Murray’s ability to quietly accumulate stats is a strong indicator for how valuable he’ll be for the Kings when Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox are drawing the primary defensive focus from opposing defenses. His performance has also quieted a lot of the intial concerns that were raised when the Kings selected Murray 4th overall.

Congratulations Keegan!

 

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andy_sims
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July 18, 2022 11:41 am

Really impressive, considering he wasn’t on the winning team, but absolutely the right call. Has a player from a non-title team previously gotten MVP?

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July 18, 2022 12:33 pm
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Keegan looks legit. Only thing left is to see him do it against NBA competition, which I think he will.

And I wanted Kings to trade for Bradley Beal just so I/we could call them…..

Kee and Beal

but I kid

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July 18, 2022 1:08 pm
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The name would almost make it worth the cost.

But not quite.

Honestly, I look at Beal’s career, and I think that’s the ceiling for Donovan Mitchell. One could do a hell of a lot worse, but the deal rumors about what Utah expects for Mitchell have been ridiculous. The kid is a damned fine scorer, but is there anything else that he does above average?

You’d think that now that Gobert isn’t holding him back, he’d want to run with his new teammates, and show the world how amazing he is.

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July 18, 2022 1:15 pm
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I agree that the price Utah wants is a bit ridiculous, but the Murray and Gobert trades have set the bar. It tis crazy how teams throw multiple draft picks at players now. I get it when large desirable markets do it, because they can rebuild through free agency, but when the Minnesotas and Atlantas of the world give up multiple picks, I shake my head.

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July 18, 2022 1:21 pm
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If GM Divac had done either trade, particularly the Timberwolves one, Al Gore’s information superhighway would have been a 50 car pile up.

Maybe the Kings aren’t the worst for a beat or two.

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July 18, 2022 5:37 pm
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It is amazing to me the price that an established but not quite super star player can i.e., the price for Gobert, for Durant, for Mitchell. Look at the price for football players- the top NFL receiver was traded for a #1 and a #2. No huge hauls for MLB players. I suppose the NBA has a smaller number of players and that makes a difference. But 5 picks for Gobert + players? The price for Mitchell was way too high. The price for Rudy was too high as well but I guess, at least for one team, it was just right.
Kings- disappointed in not signing Sasha- the log gam at the 4 spot did not help and the probable shy away from the BAE. Then the trade away from #37– got zero for that. Interested (again) in hearing Kings Guru’s comments about the top picks on the second round. Saw that many of them are actually signing 2-year deals- should the Kings have done that with Hardy?
I think Huerter starts as does Barnes and Murray. Murray will be third best player. Rookies can make an impact.
At best Sasha could have been first forward off bench. and the #37 could have been a player or a better trade.
Don’t think the #4 pick could have been leveraged. I think Detroit would have been happy to just sit tight at #5 and not budged if we took Ivey.
Kings over/under is 31.5. which means 32. I am taking the over. West is brutal. Kings will be better. and probably not get into play-in.
A temporary bad streak for any team in the West is serious.

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July 19, 2022 10:07 am
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One star in basketball can elevate your team a considerable amount more than a star in baseball or football. In 13-14 the Kings finished with 28 wins. Add Lebron James at age 28 to that same team and they’re likely fighting…at least…for that 8th spot in the west that ultimately went to the 49-win Mavericks.

Conversely, Bryce Harper made zero difference to the Phillies…adding Nolan Arendo took the Cardinals from 2nd in the NL Central to…2nd in the NL Central, followed by 2nd in the NL Central.

In the NFL, plugging in one superstar is even less impactful, as there are 22 starting spots that all need to pull their weight for a team’s success.

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July 19, 2022 10:08 pm
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Mitchell was co-MVP last year.

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July 18, 2022 11:48 am

That other “superior” site doesn’t yet have this news!

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July 18, 2022 12:10 pm
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They do have the superior name, but nothing else.

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July 18, 2022 11:49 am

As we’ve noted in our exhaustive recaps of each summer league game.

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July 18, 2022 12:09 pm
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They know they’ve been slippin lol

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July 18, 2022 12:47 pm
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Once we’ll start seeing recaps in the site’s history, the coverup will be complete.

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July 18, 2022 12:20 pm

Ivey who?

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July 18, 2022 12:26 pm

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July 18, 2022 12:45 pm

This absolutely means Keegan is the best player in the league and all the other rookies suck.

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July 18, 2022 12:45 pm

Yeah! It shows once again that the off-season is our season!
Who needs the regular season and playoffs anyway?

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July 18, 2022 1:14 pm

This is a great bit of news. Congrats to Keegan. I was afraid one of the second year players might get the award. Murray had limited minutes in game 4 and none in game 5. I thought that might hurt him too.

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July 18, 2022 1:32 pm

Interesting list of Summer League MVPs here

mostly role players with Josh Selby at one end and Dame Liilard at the other.

Hope this is just the first of many Pro MVP awards for Keegan Murray. Bravo, Slim Duncan!

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July 18, 2022 1:59 pm

Slim Duncan is good. Hadn’t heard that one.

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July 18, 2022 2:10 pm

It’s not mine, but yes, I think it fits better than The Medium Fundamental.

Some part of me is both disappointed and surprised that he wasn’t drafted by San Antonio with Coach Popovich still in attendance and TD himself as an Assistant Coach

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July 18, 2022 2:14 pm

I’m calling him Flat Affect.

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July 18, 2022 4:53 pm
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What was the line Mark Jones used…”he’s smiling but his face doesn’t know it yet”. Something like that? I thought that was hilarious

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July 18, 2022 5:09 pm
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😏

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July 18, 2022 5:39 pm
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yes ! he did say that.

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July 18, 2022 6:49 pm
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I like Mark Jones! Seems like I’m in the minority around here with that one.

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July 18, 2022 7:55 pm
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I like him as a person. I am meh for him as a broadcaster. he has a great voice and is intelligent. However, he makes frequent mistakes in his calls, wrong calls, wrong names, etc. He comes up with great lines but has a lot of cliches. I am weary about hearing who he is chopping it up with. I am glad he doesn’t use, “all the smoke,” which is inherently violent.

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July 19, 2022 7:15 am
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100% accurate.

Hey, Joe! Do you know what “NBA” stands for?

Sorry, I think my eyes just rolled completely out of my head.

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July 18, 2022 1:49 pm

nba.com with the knife-twist:

Murray looked like a veteran from the start, playing with poise and that ever-popular high basketball IQ. He averaged 23.3 ppg, the most at Summer League by a Top 10-drafted rookie since Damian Lillard in 2012…[Murray] exudes maturity on the court, a companion piece alongside Tyrese Haliburton — if only the 2021 All-Rookie guard hadn’t been dealt to Indiana last season.”

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July 18, 2022 1:55 pm
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Does the NBA media even know who Fox is? I’m starting to question…

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July 18, 2022 2:15 pm
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So I guess Murray will be playing alongside of a two-time all-star instead of Tyrese Haliburton.

It’s just a never-ending fuck you to Kings fans.

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July 18, 2022 2:31 pm
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If Domas makes the next 2 ASG’s Sims, and somehow Haliburton makes one in his 6th or 7th season, there will be people who talk about that singular All Star selection more.

But, as I’m sure you think, it’s just pretty common to slam the Kings for anything and everything because their reputaiton is such they’ve earned it. Probably isn’t right, but doesn’t mean a whole lot either. I guess I just expect it from a national writer like Steve Aschburner at this point. He took a dig at the Kings again in the Ivey paragraph saying the Kings were ‘expected’ to take Ivey at 4.

Eh, it is what it is. Go Keegan!!!

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July 18, 2022 2:42 pm
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When the writers decide you should pick someone they never let it go unless of course the pick turns out greaat than crickets !

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July 18, 2022 5:51 pm
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KG21- can you give a run down on the value or non value of early second round picks?
Many like Minnoit and Hardy are signing 2-3 year deals. Should the Kings have kept that pick? is there value in that?

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July 19, 2022 6:18 am
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Not keeping the pick and drafting Hardy will haunt the Kings in my opinion. He has a chance to be a top 10 in this draft .

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July 19, 2022 1:39 pm
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KG21- can you give a run down on the value or non value of early second round picks?

This is a matter of opinion, and anyone telling you otherwise is lying.

Many like Minnoit and Hardy are signing 2-3 year deals. Should the Kings have kept that pick? is there value in that?

I’ve answered this before. The issue is how long do you want to sign the player you take at 37 for. Do you wish to set aside part of the MLE — on June 23rd — to draft a player at 37? The only way to offer a player a 3 or 4 year deal who is a 2nd round pick (or undrafted in the case of someone like Keon Ellis) is to have a part of the MLE in order to offer that 3 or 4 year deal.

Is it worth it to set aside, in advance, a portion of the MLE to draft in the 2nd rd? Some will say yes. Some will say Malik Monk is more valuable and it’s worth it to keep the whole MLE intact to be able to sign a Monk. I’ll try to make this a bit simpler for you.

Option 1: Draft at 37 and sign, let’s say Jaden Hardy, to a 2 year minimum deal but you do keep the full MLE intact

Option 2: Draft at 37, set aside a slice of the MLE at the minimum number to sign Hardy (or whomever) to a 3/4 year deal; take your chances at signing Malik Monk or whomever with the reduced value of the MLE

Option 3: Do what the Kings ultimately did.

I don’t personally have an issue with what the Kings did, and while I think it would be good to find talent in the 2nd round, I think the Kings had bigger fish to fry this particular go around.

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July 18, 2022 6:49 pm
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And until the Kings-owner/organization proves they aren’t total morons, the national press will and probably should question what the Kings do.

I do believe The Kings are making the right decisions now and the National media will catch up when and if they see it.

They didn’t crush the Kings during the Peja/Webber etc years. They praised them, if I recall.

Up until now (since Vivek took over and a tad b4), all the negative press has been warranted.

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July 19, 2022 1:43 pm
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What Aschburner said was lazy. No more, no less. It was just a continuation of the same lazy narrative that’s been bouncing around since draft night.

Is it a big deal? Not really. But acting high minded about a dumb lazy narrative seems quite the waste of time, too.

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July 18, 2022 3:00 pm
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They aren’t bashing the fans here, they are bashing the org, which they should continue doing until the team is any good.

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July 19, 2022 8:55 am
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We’re the favorite punching bag because everyone is still jealous of us from 20 years ago. Nobody had as much fun as Kings fans did. Nobody not know how.

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July 19, 2022 3:43 pm
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I think Kings fans want each move to be the one that finally washes everything negative away, and I’m afraid the rest of the NBA isn’t operating on that same timeline.

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July 18, 2022 2:40 pm
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Just another example of experts who are anything but .

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July 18, 2022 5:48 pm
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There will always be controversy over that trade. But the Kings got a really good player at a position of need. Hali is good, he is popular, he is on rookie deal but he cannot carry a team. Fox is pouty, does not play much D but when motivated he can carry a team. I think he explodes this year.
Hali was my favorite King. Fox can put the fear in opponents
Slim Duncan can score, seems un-flappable and he has holes in his game- that’s good since he can improve. Summer league is a poor test, but Chet is good but not dominant and disappears at times. Smith looks lost (often). Banchero is aggressive but too aggressive. likes all shots. and is just too full of himself. In 3 years he will be the better player but not initially.

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July 18, 2022 6:51 pm
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Fox can carry a team? I haven’t seen that yet.

i would rather have Hali than Fox running the point in Sac.

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July 18, 2022 11:26 pm
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Would you rather have fox and Hali or fox and ox? That’s the real question and only realistic option to be debated.

no, Indiana didn’t want fox so let’s not have a pointless conversation about why not trade fox for ox. I’m sure Indiana likes fox but what they don’t like is the contract of when they’re trying to re build a specific way. Or, the other option is they simply wanted a more dynamic passer in exchange for ox as opposed to a more dynamic scorer. That’s their preference and Monte likely gave them their choice of the kings two PG’s. It was not Monte’s decision to trade Hali for ox as opposed to fox for ox. That was the pacers decision not Monte. Monte obviously wanted ox and made a bold move to get him despite it likely not being his first option in acquiring him. Regardless , Monte felt like it was still worth it. Either way he’s pairing ox with a dynamic PG. Not a bad idea when you’re trying to build a team that has a chance of winning at some point.
Would Monte have preferred a fox for Ox trade? Maybe but that’s not what the pacers preferred. Otherwise, I have no doubt that we would have ox and Hali right now with an extra 15 million in cap space. One would think Monte would be very happy with that.

I would suggest trying to see the bigger picture and reality of the situation/trade.

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July 19, 2022 8:57 am
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But…but there’s no forest with all these trees in front of me!

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July 19, 2022 11:50 am
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WTF? I didn’t say anything about what trade could have happened. Suggesting I see a bigger picture? Where did I imply that I was arguing McNair could have traded Fox. Maybe you were just using my post as a jump of point but don’t argue against “my point” since it wasn’t my point.

All I said was I would prefer Hali. I am fully aware McNair probably couldn’t. Amd I’d rather have Sabs and Fox cause Fox /Hali not great w Fox unable to go off ball.

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July 19, 2022 11:52 am
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And my post was a reply asking if Fox can carry a team?

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July 19, 2022 12:47 pm
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Agree. This was the Pacers choice. While I could have lived with either choice, Fox is what we got, and I do believe that while there are advantages with Hali (money, better passer etc.) Fox has more ability to carry a team.

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July 19, 2022 6:20 am
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I still hate that the Kings traded Hali for absolutely nothing ….. wait …..

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July 18, 2022 2:03 pm

Greg, first off I’m compelled to say I loved your LVSL recapps. Maybe some of your best work this year.

Secondly and even better than your recapps and his superior stats I believe…….I think that I saw Keegan smile on the court during one of the latter games. I’m not positive it could have been merely a grin. This kid has everything.

Love the pick, can’t wait for the regular season to start which I’m positive I haven’t said since the start of the 2012-2013 season.

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July 18, 2022 6:08 pm
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I almost couldn’t believe it when I saw it, told my wife and she didn’t believe me at all but I bring proof!

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July 18, 2022 6:26 pm
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C’mon, that’s photoshopped!!😜

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July 19, 2022 8:58 am
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Every time Keegan smiles, an angel gets it’s wings!

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July 19, 2022 10:39 pm
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I think he’s just passing gas.

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July 18, 2022 2:07 pm

Hey – went to read the NBA.com article referenced above and stopped by to look at the Sacramento Kings portion. NBA.com has Mike Brown head coach with 9 assistant coaches listed (in order of appearance on the website):
Jordi Fernandez
Doug Christie
Stacey Augmon (Plastic Man!)
Jay Triano
Luke Loucks
Jonah Herscu
Rico Hines
Ray Rana
Leandro Barbosa (Brazilian Blur!)

Many of these are Player Development Coaches, and I couldn’t be happier to see that. Having the Kings spending resources on players and player development is, IMO, a very smart investment in the present and the future. Well Done, Kings Front Office!

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July 18, 2022 2:45 pm

I think Rana left a couple months ago for a Head Coaching position in Japan. Rico Hines recently signed on with the Toronto Raptors. I’m not sure about any other departures.

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July 18, 2022 6:56 pm

That’s great. Thanks for sharing that. McNair looks to be legit and Vivek seems to be letting him run the show.

The Kings actually look like a Professionally run organization (on the hoops side) doing things good teams do.

I’ve been saying for years that the Kings can be good again only if Vivek leaves or backs off. Looks
like the latter. Hope now.

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July 19, 2022 6:23 am
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Doubt McNair likes Vivek’s kids in BBall ops. .

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July 18, 2022 2:30 pm

Okay, here’s a test of Keegan-mania.

Keegan, Davion, Barnes and Holmes for Durant.

Do you do it?

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July 18, 2022 3:19 pm
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Honestly…no way…look at this speed!:
Fox, Huerter, Mitchell, Monk, Murray
This will be a problem in the West.

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July 19, 2022 11:20 am
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It’s basketball not a track meet. Look at this speed Joker, Luka.

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July 19, 2022 10:02 pm
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This will be a problem in the West.

I hope your right!

How do I do that brackets thing?

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July 18, 2022 4:23 pm
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No. I want no part of Durant and his attitude while also gutting the roster. You think he would be happy coming to Sac? He’s also 34 in September with a lot of miles on those legs and is signed until he’s 37.

And even though it’s not part of your proposal, the Nets would never do that package without future picks attached.

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July 19, 2022 11:07 am
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Let’s see, you say you wouldn’t make that deal and then rightfully say the Nets will never make that deal. Of course the Kings make that deal if it was offered which it won’t be.

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July 18, 2022 4:37 pm
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Consider this: Durant has never won a championship except when he played with Steph, Klay, Draymond, etc., but they have won without him. So while he is very good, he is also old and seemingly arrogant. Let’s try to build with what we have—unless we can trade Barnes and Holmes for a wing who is younger, a really good defender, and better offensively.

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July 18, 2022 5:52 pm
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Yeah I’d do that in two seconds. Fox, Sabonis, Huerter, Monk and Durant? That’s a top-4 seed easily in the west with a decent shot to a win a championship. Durant is under contract for 4 more years! I have loved what Keegan has shown so far but come on. We might be a play-in team this year while that team would be a contender.

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July 19, 2022 11:08 am

Absolutely, you are correct.

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July 18, 2022 6:21 pm
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I would consider that if you took out Davion and added a future 1st. I would consider adding a second future 1st, to a point. As FKAC mentioned, Durant, Fox, Sabonis, Monk and Huerter probably puts you (I’m going a little safer with) around the middle of the playoff pack, assuming Durant stays healthy.
The only thing I would have hesitation about is Durant’s attitude coming in and if there was some way to get assurance of his buy in beforehand I wouldn’t hesitate. Probably not a thing that could happen in the real world, tho. Monte would be all in at that point, tho, so I have no doubt he would do everything in his power to make it work. If not you wouldn’t have to worry about his lack of production anymore. You’d get a new GM to crap on for 3 years. Ironically after landing the biggest FA in the game.

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July 18, 2022 11:38 pm
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That’s essentially Keegan and Davion for the most dynamic scorer to possibly ever play the game. Yes I make that deal and I’d be sad to see those two young guys go and surely have good nba careers.

Ox
KD
huerter
monk
fox

is 100% playoff bound for the remainder of KD’s contract. Period. I could even see that group contending for a title. So yeah, I make the trade.

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July 19, 2022 9:54 am
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I had a Jazz fan friend ask me this the other day, and I responded like this:

1 — look at the ages of everyone in Sacramento. 22-26 other than guys on the way out like HB. It’s a total deviation from a plan. Maybe not an amazing plan, but a plan.

2 — KD has no interest in sac, and we know he won’t play hard enough to get the team further if he hates it there. If it wasn’t happening with Harden, Kyrie, etc — it ain’t happening here. He doesn’t have that mindset of Lillard or Gannis or Fox to bring

That’s why there are ways KD could get to Sac, but you have to keep Murray Sabonis AND Fox to do it. Almost everyone else could go, and that’s probably not enough, but it’s the only real way.

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July 19, 2022 1:27 pm
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Plus Durant’s feet are too damned big to take us to the Finals.

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July 19, 2022 11:05 am
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Of course you do but no way the Nets make that deal.

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July 18, 2022 3:19 pm

Congrats to Murray. Exactly as advertised. Summer league doesn’t mean much, but playing well is ALWAYS better than struggling, especially for a guy whose NBA-readiness is a big part of the pitch.

On a side note: WOW, the persecution complex is strong today.

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July 18, 2022 5:54 pm

I will never forget watching Thomas Robinson in Summer League and knowing within about 2 games that he was a bust. It was like, uh-oh, this guy doesn’t do anything well…

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July 18, 2022 6:43 pm

I had similar thoughts watching Bagley. I remember doing the whole “Houston, we may have a problem here” bit as he struggled to do much of anything against non NBA caliber players

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July 18, 2022 6:52 pm
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Papagiannis’d.

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July 18, 2022 6:56 pm
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Oh man Papa G was awful but I expected him to be really bad so that never really surprised me. The Robinson thing was just depressing because I thought he would be a pretty good pro.

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July 18, 2022 8:37 pm
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Oof. I had zero expectations about him, so that one didn’t make me as anxious as Bagley. And in fairness, Bagley was ok his rookie year. He just never improved or became the guy we needed him to be.

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July 19, 2022 4:36 pm
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For a handful of games around the 2019 All-Star break, Bagley was arguably the Kings’ best (at least most consistently productive) player. There was hope. Then reality finally showed up.

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July 18, 2022 6:58 pm
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I got fooled a bit with Bagley because he actually looked alright in that first Summer League game and generally he wasn’t bad his rookie year. There were warning signs but I wasn’t immediately out on him like some of the other guys.

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July 18, 2022 6:59 pm
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Oh my god. First time I saw Bags he couldn’t ever dribble with his right hand. Couldn’t shoot. I almost puked.

He looked shit from the jump…..and not his second jump.

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July 18, 2022 5:19 pm

Thank goodness Summer League is finally over. I’m exhausted from all those exhaustive caps and re-caps. Now I finally have time to read something shorter–like War and Peace, Way of Kings, and the complete OED.

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July 18, 2022 5:20 pm

I can say with the utmost confidence that Keegan Murray is the absolute best Kings prospect since the last best prospect and until their next better prospect.
You can put that in the book and send it to the line.

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July 18, 2022 8:58 pm

I’m gladly eating crow. I was disappointed when we didn’t draft Ivey but Murray had been much more impressive than I expected.

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July 19, 2022 11:11 am
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You don’t have to eat crow quite yet. It will take a couple of seasons and maybe more to determine if drafting Murray over Ivey was the right move. I like Murray and am fine with the pick, I just thought the Kings could leverage it a little more for additional assets.

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July 18, 2022 9:52 pm

He hasn’t played a single, meaningful, NBA game yet, and already Ivey has almost faded from TKH memory, the Harrison Barnes comps are gone, and people are seriously discussing him as the central piece of a Kevin Durant trade. We have a lot of so-called experts on this site as well.

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July 18, 2022 10:08 pm

At what point do the Haters need to start eating crow? FalconFury? TheGrantNapear? The posts are still there. I just went back and checked. Obviously I’m missing many. I’ll be searching the archives during the coming lull in the schedule and calling you guys out one by one. Or will you have the guts to willingly come forward and acknowledge your trolling?

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July 19, 2022 8:44 am
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Fans, media, etc. will stop talking badly about the org when the Kings win meaningful games, which they haven’t done in a LONG time. Its that simple.
Murray looked amazing in summer league, much better than I expected, but summer league is summer league. I have the utmost confidence his game will translate to the regular season, but I won’t pat the org on the back until we see it all come together when games count.

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July 19, 2022 9:09 am
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Et tu, Gregorius? Are you also dripping posion in Hamlet’s ear? You hater!

Start eating crow, or Hamlet will hunt your comments down and will call you out for the troll that you are.

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July 19, 2022 9:11 am
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Flagged for cross-pollinating the works of Shakespeare.

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July 19, 2022 9:52 am
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Why? Didn’t Mercutioo say: Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt?

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July 19, 2022 10:23 am
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Truthfully, I don’t know! My knowledge of the WS’ works is substantially inadequate.

If I didn’t like living indoors so much, I’d do nothing but read as many of the great works as I could (during the commercial breaks in Kings games).

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July 19, 2022 9:39 pm
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The name actually refers to a cute, little, Hammer.

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July 19, 2022 10:35 am
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One of the reasons why the fans are ecstatic about Murray is because most of the time he isn’t even featured a lot on offense which I think was done on purpose by Jodi and the coaching staff. They want to see how Murray would respond and play because when the regular season starts, most of the time the offense is featured around Sabonis and Fox.

If Murray can replicate his performance in SL and do it in the regular season (cutting to the basket, hitting open shots, play within the offense, play solid defense), I think Murray can have a very good rookie season.

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July 19, 2022 12:55 pm
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I can’t wait for this team to be good again, but let’s be honest: this team hasn’t just been bad forever, they have been a joke forever. No one should trust this org has done the right thing until the team proves it in meaningful games.

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July 19, 2022 11:17 am
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Excellent post.

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July 19, 2022 9:10 am
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July 19, 2022 9:33 pm
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I’m laughing out loud. That is so me! Except I go to bed alone.

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July 19, 2022 10:42 am
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Look, I was pro-Murray, but claiming victory and calling in receipts after a handful of summer league games is flat out ridiculous.

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July 19, 2022 11:02 am

Lol

Here’s are some summer league MVP’s

Cameron Thomas, Brandon Clarke, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, Tyus Jones, Kyle Anderson, Glen Rice jr., Damien Lillard, John Wall, Blake Griffin.

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July 19, 2022 9:31 pm

I agree

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July 19, 2022 11:17 am
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Nobody came forward when I criticized the George Hill signing and the Dedmon and Cojo signings. Nobody came forward when I said firing Walton for Gentry would make no difference. This plan however that management has invoked will take multiple years to judge. If the Kings Miraculously exceed 40 wins and finish in the top 8, that still doesn’t call this plan a win. I need to see long term sustainability which I’m on record will not happen with this plan. I wanted a total rebuild. Keep your eye on teams like Houston, Detroit and OKC and compare the Kings to them in three years.

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July 19, 2022 3:34 pm
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“First, they offered a contract to George Hill, and I said nothing. Then they offered one to Dwayne Dedmon, and I said nothing. When they offered a contract to Cory Joseph, still, I said nothing.

“By the time they solicited me about buying season tickets, there was no one left to speak for me.”

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July 19, 2022 9:55 pm
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I would say Detroit belongs included with the Kings more so than Houston and OKC , not really inspiring a ton of confidence from their fans.

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July 19, 2022 4:46 pm
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I’ll be searching the archives during the coming lull in the schedule and calling you guys out one by one. 

That’s extremely petty which gives me no choice but to support you 100%.

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July 19, 2022 9:34 pm
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Thanks. And I you.

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July 19, 2022 10:11 pm
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Great name, BTW. I have a cat named Marty. He’s my favorite animal!

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July 19, 2022 4:20 pm

So when does this team do something that matters?

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July 19, 2022 9:58 pm

It’s just sports, dude.

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July 19, 2022 11:36 pm
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Yes it is just sports. They should try to win games. Glad he won a trophy. As a Kings fan I simply think they should focus on winning games instead of useless trophies. Summer League MVP doesn’t really mean anything in the NBA which is the sports league they play in.

They are also summer league champions. How did that work out?

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July 20, 2022 9:55 pm

“As we’ve noted in our exhaustive recaps of each summer league game” gawd I love this site.

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