July 10, 2018, 8:16 pm
A first half dominated by Justin Jackson, a solid second half performance from Harry Giles and assist after assist from Frank Mason carried the Kings to their first Las Vegas Summer League victory of the year.
In the Kings’ third game, they defeated the Grizzlies 94-80; both teams without their 2018 first round draft picks, Marvin Bagley III and Jalen Jackson, respectively.
For the Kings, their Jackson made sure he got his name called in the first quarter.
He scored 12 of the team’s first 19 points and he did it in a variety of ways. His first pair of baskets came from inside as he got the rim for a layup for his first basket and his second came on a nice stop and pop on the baseline after rolling around a screen.
An easy 3-pointer gave him his third made basket and a layup off of an out of bounds pass from the baseline followed by another 3-pointer rounded out his first quarter scoring.
Another King that didn’t have his name called but was active early was Wenyen Gabriel.
Gabriel got the start for the team with Bagley out due to a hip injury and was incredibly involved. In the first six minutes of play, Gabriel had two rebounds, one block, one steal and an assist. He was also looking for his offense early as he attempted three shots, but they were all misses.
In the second quarter the Kings got off to a rocky start with all of the starters on the bench. The ball was being dribbled too much and it resulted in the Kings only scoring five points in the first two and a half minutes.
However, the Kings, with help from Zach Auguste would get on track. Auguste knocked down a pair of free throws with seven minutes left in the period and knocked down a nice pull-up jumper a couple minutes later for his second field goal of the game.
An 8-0 run gave the Kings a 42-35 lead in the period and they’d take a 42-39 lead into the half.
Jackson finished the half going 6-of-8 with 15 points, Frank Mason finished with no points but dished out six assists and Matt Jones and Anthony Brown each added seven points for Sacramento.
The third quarter was a very impressive one from the Kings, especially the team’s defense. They limited the Grizzlies to just six points in almost minutes of action.
Harry Giles had a pair of post-ups and finished with either hand on the inside giving him six points on the day. He also had 10 rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
After stretching their lead to 20 points on an Auguste put back, the Grizzlies chipped into the lead with four straight points. The Kings ended the quarter with a 69-51 lead.
In the fourth quarter Mason earned his 10th assist of the day with an assist to Jones who easily got the hoop and scored his fifth basket of the game, giving him 13 points.
Mason showed a natural ability to dish the rock in the game and had a plus-12 plus or minus in 26 minutes of work.
The Kings had their starting lineup, minus Gabriel, in for much of the fourth quarter and the team looked like they had some chemistry together.
They ran plays very well also as one that stuck out was a low-block screen set by Jackson for Giles and he knocked down a shot from the middle of the key.
Memphis attempted to trim the Kings’ lead but the likes of Giles and Mason made sure they kept their opponent an arm’s length away.
Giles finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Mason concluded his game with 13 assists and just one turnover.
Jackson led all Kings with 20 points.
October 19, 2019, 1:38 amGlenn Robinson IIISG, Golden State Warriors
Glenn Robinson scored 13 points (3-for-6 shooting), six rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals across 25 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Robinson will have a steady role as the starting small forward this season, but don't consider him more than anything as a weekly streamer for when the Warriors have a heavy week.
October 19, 2019, 1:33 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry continued his torrid pace in the preseason with 32 points (9-for-20 shooting), six 3-pointers, six assists, one rebound and one block in Friday's 124-103 win over the Lakers.
This preseason, Curry averaged more points than minutes played – a statistic that bodes quite well for those that took him in the top-5 of fantasy drafts. Curry is primed for more usage than he's had in years and as long as he's healthy, he can produce like the top overall fantasy player this season.
October 19, 2019, 1:28 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points (9-for-19 shooting) including six 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Russell let it fly on Friday and this is exactly the type of performance we hope to see regularly during the regular season. Contributing in points, assists, threes and free-throw percentage – consider Russell in the top-50 of fantasy drafts.
October 19, 2019, 1:21 amDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green logged 31 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers, adding nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and one three.
Green can always be counted on for solid production in rebounds, assists and defense. His ceiling is determined by his ability to score efficiently and with Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson injured, expect Green to get more opportunities than last season.
October 19, 2019, 1:18 amKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played 33 minutes in a starting role in Friday's 103-124 loss to the Warriors, accumulating 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting, five 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and a block.
Caldwell-Pope being featured so heavily on a night where the Lakers rested most of their regulars indicates he is not very high on the pecking order when it comes to the Lakers rotation. Consider him a threes and steals streamer on weeks where the Lakers have a heavy schedule.
October 19, 2019, 1:14 amZach NorvellPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Norvell came off the bench in Friday's loss to the Warriors and put up 29 points (8-for-17 shooting), five 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one block in a team-high 39 minutes.
It was another signature performance in the preseason for the undrafted rookie free agent. Norvell is proving himself worthy of keeping around for the Lakers, but don't expect him to factor into fantasy this season.
October 19, 2019, 1:11 amDevontae CacokPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Devonta Cacok notched a double-double in a losing effort against the Warriors on Friday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block.
Cacok got a rare start in this one along with Troy Daniels (five points, two rebounds, two steals and a three) and Jared Dudley (four points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one three). Don't expect any of these guys to have any value in standard leagues beyond the occasional stream.
October 19, 2019, 12:19 amChris SilvaC, Miami Heat
Ira Winderman reported on Twitter Friday night that Chris Silva will receive one of the two available two-way contract from the Heat.
An undrafted free agent and a former SEC co-defensive player of the year is off to a good start to his NBA career. With the Heat's track record of player development, keep him on your deep league watch lists.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 12:06 amDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson made his return to action on Friday from offseason shoulder surgery and logged 10 minutes, contributing three points, one assist, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Dotson has a lot more competition for minutes in 2019-20 compared to his bright performance as a pick-up streamer in 2018-19. He's also under the thumb of the evil coach David Fizdale roster-shuffling chaos machine. so it's best to leave him undrafted in most leagues, applying a wait-and-see approach for now.
October 19, 2019, 12:05 amAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Trudell reported on Twitter that Alex Caruso suffered a bone contusionon on his pelvis during Friday's game and will not return.
According to Trudell, the X-rays were negative but Caruso will undergo further testing when the team returns to Los Angeles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter