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Kings 89, Wizards 75: Accio Victory!

Sacramento dominated their second summer league game on both ends of the floor. Louis King led the way with 16 points but it was a strong team performance.

Sacramento's summer league squad moved to 2-0 in Vegas Tuesday night following a convincing 89-75 victory over Corey Kispert and the Washington Wizards.  Louis King led the way for Sacramento with 16 points and Caleb Homesley had a game-high 17 points for Washington.

After three summer league games in which the Kings could barely hit the broad side of a barn, Sacramento made 14 of 34 three point attempts, with Louis King going 4/6 and Ade Murkey making 3/5.  On the other end, Washington only made 24.1% of their 3PA (7/29), with all the makes accounted for by Homesley, Kispert and Mason Jones.

Davion Mitchell didn't have a marquee matchup this game like he did against Charlotte with Bouknight, but he still had some fun moments, especially on offense.  Mitchell hit his first two three point attempts and also connected on another long jumper.  It was nice to see him connect from outside after struggling with his shot in his last two outings. He finished the night with 12 points and 4 assists and was able to sit the entire 4th quarter and get some well earned rest as the Kings had broken the game open by that point.  Defensively, he was tenacious as always and even saw a few possessions guarding the much bigger Corey Kispert to end the first half.  Mitchell's best defensive highlight of the night came in the third quarter when he seemingly forced a backcourt violation with a timely strip of the ball, but the summer league officials instead called a foul.  Hey, even refs have off nights.

Jahmi'us Ramsey had perhaps the most impressive plays of the night, and seems to be fully recovered from his recent ankle injury.  Ramsey was aggressive in attacking the basket and also hit a few jumpers.  His best move of the night was this splendid take to the rim where he showcased some stellar body control in mid-air:

Ramsey finished with 13 points, making 5 of his 8 attempts from the field.

Neemias Queta finished with a quiet 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 21 minutes, but the stats don't tell the whole story. His presence inside altered quite a few Wizards shots, and on offense, he shows tremendous passing instincts.  While he only had one assist, he routinely made the correct pass, and quickly too.  One bad habit he has however is an unnecessary gather dribble when catching the ball near the rim a.k.a the Jason Thompson special.  With his size, he could and should just go up with it and I'm guessing that will be a focus of his development with the Kings coaching staff.

Overall it was a great team performance by a Kings squad that looked far more comfortable than the Wizards, which makes sense given that this is Sacramento's fourth game together compared to just the first for Washington.  Bobby Jackson has his squad playing great defense.

Sacramento now has a couple days off before they resume action on Friday against Desmond Bane and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Random Observations:

  • Chimezie Metu looks smooth out there, and you can see a lot of growth in him from this same time last year.  He does need to be stronger with the ball in his hands though, getting stripped near the basket a couple times.  He also needs to box out better.  Overall a solid performance though.
  • I know King was our leading scorer and I didn't talk much about him, but there really wasn't too much to say. He was hitting his outside shot really well and played some solid defense too.  His struggles from the California Classic seem to be in the rearview mirror and he is looking more and more like the player we saw towards the end of last season.  That's what we want to see as Summer League progresses.
  • Ade Murkey had a really good night shooting the ball, going 5/7 overall.  He's a bit undersized but he plays with energy on both ends.
  • Jordan Schakel got his first action with the Kings and had a couple nice moments but also forced it a bit as well.  Schakel went 0 for 5 from distance.
  • Robert Woodard II had probably his best Summer League game yet... and still didn't look that great.  5 points and 3 rebounds with 2 turnovers in almost 18 minutes isn't going to cut it.  He just doesn't look all that comfortable out there, especially when he has the ball in his hands.
  • Matt Coleman makes some very head scratching decisions, but even with that, he finished with 10 points on 4-6 shooting with 3 assists and 3 steals.
  • Giannis, Kostas and Thanasis were in the building tonight to watch little brother Alex, who checked in for the final 4:21 of the game.  The results were... not pretty as Alex went 0-2 including a bad miss from the corner.  Still it was cool to see all the Antetokoumbros out at Summer League supporting their brother.

 

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Kosta
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August 10, 2021 9:39 pm

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August 10, 2021 11:05 pm
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Kathy Najimy’d.

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August 11, 2021 7:11 am
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August 10, 2021 10:56 pm

I have no idea if Fox, Haliburton and Mitchell can play together but Mitchell definitely doesn’t suck. His defense really is game changing. Guys just cannot get by him.

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August 11, 2021 12:06 am

Right now I feel like they definitely can. The team’s best lineup last year featured Fox, Buddy, and Halliburton; Mitchell will be at least as defensively versatile as Buddy, and as long as he knocks down open 3’s at a reasonable rate, he can be paired with those two.

EDIT: Mitchell’s also consistently had a lower usage rate, which bodes well for his fit next to Fox specifically. Love the idea of having 3 PG’s on the floor with complementary skillsets and specialties, all comfortable on-and-off ball

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August 11, 2021 7:41 am
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Go Kings

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August 10, 2021 10:58 pm

Three really good guards under the age of 23 is not a bad start for building a team.

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August 10, 2021 10:59 pm
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And 10 centers!

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August 10, 2021 11:14 pm
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August 11, 2021 12:19 am

Really fun team to watch-hope some of this defense carries to the big club. Maybe another Vegas Championship in the future? Gonna be interesting who gets some of the last spots/2 way spots.

Ramsey, Mitchell, Metu, and King have all looked good together and I’m sure they all will get some NBA minutes at some point. I really like Queta’s upside but he’s soooo young and developmental. Honestly, I’d rather see Queta spend time in Stockton to develop.

Could there be any minutes or spots for Terry? He’s older but reminds me of a poor man’s DeAndre Jordan. Plays hard and really affects on the defensive end and grabs effort points. Good player to have in summer league and I’d rather watch him than some of the guys on the big roster.

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August 11, 2021 4:09 am

Is Bobby Jackson getting the coaching experience he needs before he takes over as the Kings next head coach?

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August 11, 2021 5:17 am
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If that day comes, I hope he takes our very own Jimmy Alapag with him in his coaching staff. But first things first, Fire Walton.

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August 11, 2021 10:05 am
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While I’m happy with the last couple of wins the team has under Bobby Jackson in SL, let’s pump the brakes a little bit with him taking over the Kings coaching job.

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August 11, 2021 10:16 am
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Well, I am not pushing for him to get the job right now. Looking more along the lines of doing a year or two in the G-League as the coaching experience he might need.

Trust me, I am not the type of person that gets excited over 2 meaningless games in summer league. Hell, I didn’t even get excited when the Kings won 9 in a row last year!

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August 11, 2021 10:31 am
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Gotcha! I think Bobby Jackson got a long ways to go before he becomes a HC in the NBA. There are a lot of guys who are lead assistants for 10+ years before even cracking a head coaching gig although there are a few exemptions (Kidd, Billups, Nash) but not the norm. The last thing I want for the Kings to do is hire someone just because they played for the Kings during the “Glory Days”.

But if Bobby had shown that he earned it then I’m not opposed to it. I just want the FO to do a thorough search when they hire a coach to eventually replace Walton.

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August 11, 2021 10:35 am
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Exactly. He has some learning to do, and maybe being around the team and being on the player development staff he picked up a few things.

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August 11, 2021 7:01 am

Accio Siakam trade!

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