A gigantic round of applause is in order for former Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel, who made the final cut for the Sacramento Kings’ opening day roster.
Kings make it official. Roster at 15 + two-way player, Wenyen Gabriel. pic.twitter.com/BlcpPny2RB
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) October 13, 2018
Gabriel was undrafted after playing only two seasons at Kentucky and received his fair share of criticism for deciding to leave school early in favor of the NBA. It was assumed by many – myself included – that, while Gabriel clearly has NBA potential, it might be a couple years before he could make the jump and truly establish himself in this league.
Well, he wasn’t having any of that. The Kings cut their roster down to 15 (the minimum) and one two-way player, Gabriel.
Gabriel won’t be an impactful role player to start and might find himself with the King’s G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings, more often than not. But on a Sacramento team expected to be one of the worst in the entire league, there will be no shortage of opportunities for the 21-year old.
In five preseason games for the Kings, Gabriel averaged just under nine minutes per game to go along with 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from the field.