Sacramento Kings Summer League Preview

After trading DeMarcus Cousins during the All-Star game last season, the Sacramento Kings are fully devoted to rebuilding. With that in mind, this year's Summer League will be a great opportunity for Kings fans to peer into their future. Sacramento will bring eight players to Las Vegas who will probably be on the team's Opening Day roster. Furthermore, this Summer League will be the first chance for fans to see Sacramento's four 2017 draft picks playing in Kings gear. Here is a look at the roster (height and weight courtesy of RealGM):

Player Pos HT WT Birth Date Age Pre-Draft Team Years Of Service Draft Status
Jack Cooley PF 6-10 274 Apr 4, 1991 26 Notre Dame 1 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
De'Aaron Fox PG 6-3 175 Dec 20, 1997 19 Kentucky 0 2017 Rnd 1, Pick 5, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles PF 6-10 240 Apr 22, 1998 19 Duke 0 2017 Rnd 1, Pick 20, Portland Trail Blazers
Dominique Hawkins PG 6-2 188 Jun 27, 1994 23 Kentucky 0 2017 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Reggie Hearn SG 6-4 209 Aug 14, 1991 25 Northwestern 0 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Buddy Hield SG 6-4 214 Dec 17, 1993 23 Oklahoma 1 2016 Rnd 1, Pick 6, New Orleans Pelicans
Justin Jackson SF 6-8 209 Mar 28, 1995 22 North Carolina 0 2017 Rnd 1, Pick 15, Portland Trail Blazers
Skal Labissiere C 6-11 225 Mar 18, 1996 21 Kentucky 1 2016 Rnd 1, Pick 28, Phoenix Suns
Frank Mason PG 6-0 190 Apr 3, 1994 23 Kansas 0 2017 Rnd 2, Pick 4, Sacramento Kings
Naz Long PG 6-4 218 Aug 3, 1993 23 Iowa State 0 2017 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Luis Montero SF 6-7 200 Apr 6, 1993 24 Westchester CC 1 2015 NBA Draft, Undrafted
George Papagiannis C 7-1 240 Jul 3, 1997 20 Panathinaikos (Greece) 1 2016 Rnd 1, Pick 13, Phoenix Suns
Scootie Randall SF 6-6 225 Jan 5, 1990 27 Temple 0 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Malachi Richardson SF 6-6 205 Jan 5, 1996 21 Syracuse 1 2016 Rnd 1, Pick 22, Charlotte Hornets
JaKarr Sampson SF 6-8 223 Mar 20, 1993 24 St. John's 2 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Philip Scrubb SG 6-3 185 Nov 27, 1992 24 Carleton 0 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Eric Stuteville C 6-11 245 Feb 6, 1995 22 Sacramento State 0 2017 NBA Draft, Undrafted

The most obvious facet of this roster is the big man depth chart. Sacramento will have precious little playing time for their young bigs at the NBA level, with newly-signed Zach Randolph joining Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein in the front court. However, Skal, Papagiannis, and Harry Giles will be mostly unc. The Kings will get a chance to mix and match with their young bigs to see not only how they fit in together, but also how ready Skal and Harry Giles might be to man the middle next season.

In addition to the plethora of Kings' players on this roster, there are some other notable names on this Summer League squad. Eric Stuteville played nearby at Sacramento State and set the school record for field goal percentage last season with a 63.2% mark from the field. Stuteville will probably see all of the big man minutes that are not doled out to the trio of young first-round picks, and he could have an impact as a rim protector and low-post bruiser.

The Kings are also bringing Luis Montero and Reggie Hearn to Summer League. Montero got an NBA cup of coffee with the Portland Trail Blazers; both he and Hearn played for the Reno Bighorns last season. JaKarr Sampson also has some NBA experience, playing for both the Philadelphia 76ers and (briefly) with the Denver Nuggets. Lastly, Dominique Hawkins is a Kentucky product who played with both Skal and De'Aaron Fox during his time in Lexington.

The Kings open Summer League on Friday against the Phoenix Suns. With the NBA talent on their roster, this Kings squad is a good bet to make some noise in the Summer League playoffs. Given the nature of the playoff system in Las Vegas, Sacramento will play quite a few more games than are on their current schedule. For the moment, however, this is their Summer League slate:

July 7th vs. Phoenix Suns at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center
July 9th vs. Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. at Cox Pavilion
July 10th vs. L.A. Lakers at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

The Sacramento Kings will get a chance to showcase much of their young talent during this Summer League. With four new rookies to watch and plenty of other young talent, Kings games in Las Vegas will certainly be fun to watch.


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