Sacramento hasn’t been good at basketball since Peja Stojakovic hung up his Reeboks in the mid-2000s, but the Kings’ current summer league roster looks great on paper… at least to college basketball fans.
This summer’s starting five is a who’s who of recent NCAA blue blood stars: De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky; Frank Mason, Kansas; Justin Jackson, North Carolina, Harry Giles, Duke; and Marvin Bagley III, Duke. It’s not a group that will get the Kings back to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, but it’s a very young crop of talent with some of the NCAA’s biggest names the past few years.
Last night Sacramento won its first summer league game behind a great performance by second-year man Fox, and breakout performances from Giles and Bagley III. Giles’ night was especially exciting to watch considering he sat out all of 2017-18 (and most of his one season at Duke) due to injury. Bagley looked promising in his first game, too.
All this bunch is missing are a few more college stars to fill out the roster. What’s Wayne Selden up to these days? Is Denzel Valentine available? They should draft Luke Maye next summer and see what happens.
You can see what happens next time the Kings play, tonight at 11 p.m. on NBA TV. Hopefully we’ll get a little more run for Wenyen Gabriel, another college blue blood, who only saw a minute of action last night.