• Basketball is back and it’ll take place right here in Sacramento. The city is hosting its first-ever Summer League event, the California Classic, which involves the Kings, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.

    The Warriors and Heat tip-off proceedings at 6 pm PST, before the hometown Kings take the court at 8 pm PST against the Lakers.

    It’ll be the first opportunity for Kings fans to see No. 2 overall pick, Marvin Bagley, up close in Sacramento, as well as the eagerly awaited debut of F/C Harry Giles. Both players are expected to play in Las Vegas, too, so there’s going to be plenty of court-time for each.

    Giles, the No. 20 overall pick a year ago, sat out his rookie season to properly recover from knee injuries he suffered back in High School. Intel from the media and the team itself has been overwhelmingly positive regarding Giles and how he’s looked in practice over the past year, but we’ll finally be able to make a proper judgment of him when he suits up later tonight. If all goes well during Summer League and his health checks out, Giles is expected to take on a large role with the Kings this season.

    Second-year players De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason III will also play in the California Classic. It has already been reported that Fox will not play in Las Vegas this year, but all indications are that Jackson and Mason are good to go. Their development in year three will be crucial to the team’s success moving forward. Winning won’t be a priority for the Kings again this season but seeing progress out of their young players is needed sooner rather than later.

    Sacramento’s full California Classic roster can be found HERE.

    The Kings have a somewhat talented Summer League roster, but the Lakers possess some solid young talent, too.

    Josh Hart headlines their roster after a successful rookie campaign last season. With the inclusion of LeBron James and Lance Stephenson, and the return of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Hart’s role with the team is currently up in the air, but if he performs well during Summer League he might be able to carve out a spot in the rotation.

    Lonzo Ball will not be playing due to a torn meniscus in his knee, but he’s expected back for training camp. The news means fans won’t be able to see the much talked about Fox vs. Ball matchup.

    Other players playing for the Lakers this July include the 25th overall pick Mo Wagner, Sacramento native Malik Pope, sharp-shooter Svi Mykhailiuk and guard Alex Caruso.

    It should be an entertaining matchup between two promising young teams. The Kings will be back in action tomorrow night against the Warriors at 8 pm PST.

    Projected Starters:

    PG – De’Aaron Fox
    SG – Justin Jackson
    SF – Nigel Hayes
    PF – Marvin Bagley III
    C – Harry Giles

    How to Watch:

    When: 8 pm PST (11 pm EST)
    Where: NBA TV

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - PF - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo has won the 2018-2019 MVP award.

    It was only a matter of time until Antetokounmpo would start to wreak havoc upon the league and that day came sooner rather than later. There are still obvious flaws to his game, but it is a regular season award and the Greek Freak had a historic regular season. He led the team to the best record in the league and the Bucks team and staff brought home a lot of well-deserved hardware tonight.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Jon Horst - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Horst has been awarded the Executive of the Year award.

    Horst added Coach Budenholzer and retooled the roster to perfectly fit Giannis Antetokoumpo and his style of play. This led to the best record in the NBA and to a team that many believed to be the favorites to come out of the east. Obviously this was a regular season award, because Masai Ujiri came in fourth place and if voting were done today it would look a lot different.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert has won the 2018-2018 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Gobert helped anchor one of the best defenses in the league and this makes it the second consecutive year he's taken home the award. The Jazz are always steady due to his efforts on that end of the floor and the team's identity starts with him.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Mike Budenholzer - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer has been named the Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.

    In his first season as the Bucks’ coach, Budenholzer helped propel the team to an NBA-best 60 wins. The Bucks revamped their offense and did their best to play through Giannis Antetokounmpo’s strengths and the drastic shift in performance compared to years past makes this a well deserved award.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Lou Williams - SG - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.

    Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career-highs.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Mike Conley - PG - Memphis Grizzlies

    Mike Conley won two awards Monday night that were voted on by the players, the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award and the Sportsmanship Award.

    It's nice to see Conley getting some attention this summer. This is his third Sportsmanship Award, and he'll be taking that and his Teammate of the Year Award to probably the best team he's ever been a part of in Utah. Now let's see if he can get his first All Star nod, too.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Pascal Siakam - PF - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam took home the Kia Most Improved Player Award, beating De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell.

    This award was seemingly wrapped up back in November. Siakam exploded this season, improving significantly is every fantasy category (excluding turnovers). He finished the regular season with per-game averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on 54.9 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. His three-point percentage has increased from 14.3 to 22.0 to 36.9 as well. Whether or not Kawhi Leonard returns, Siakam should easily make his way into the top-40 ranks next season.

    Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic - PG - Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic won the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, beating finalists Trae Young and Deandre Ayton.

    Ayton had the best fantasy season and Young had an amazing second half. However, Luka was a team leader, primary ball-handler and clutch shot-maker all season. His per-game averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 threes exceed most expectations. If he can bump up his percentages, he could be an early-round fantasy star for over a decade.

    Source: NBA on TNT

  • Patrick Beverley - PG - Los Angeles Clippers

    According to Brad Townsend, Patrick Beverley plans to meet with the Mavs, though a meeting has not been scheduled.

    He's also planning to meet with other teams, as we've heard before. Beverley appears to be in-demand this summer and he should produce similar stats to what he's put up over the last few seasons regardless of his landing spot. Whether he's with a bad team like the Bulls, a middling team like the Mavs or a potential contender like the Lakers, one would think he'll be signing in a spot where he'll be starting.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz - PG - Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will not play at Summer League, according to GM John Hammond.

    Fultz has reportedly been making good progress and the Magic are excited about what he's been able to do since coming over at the trade deadline, but this is not great news. Hopefully Fultz will be ready to contribute in the preseason so we can get a look at how he'll fit in Orlando. The upside is immense but it would take a strong showing to confidently draft Fultz in redraft formats as his shoulder issues have completely derailed the first few years of his career.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter