Rashad James led the way for Sacramento with 12 points off the bench and Marshon Brooks added 11 in just 17 minutes on 4-7 shooting. Ben McLemore bounced back a little bit with 11 points on 4-10 shooting, but missed all 4 of his three pointers. Nik Stauskas went 3-10 from the field and a surprising 2-6 from the line but he did hit 2-4 from three and finished with 10 points.
The Hornets got 22 points from rookie P.J. Hairston, whose only made field goals were 3 pointers. Hairston finished the game 6-20 from the field and 6-13 from three. Fellow rookie Noah Vonleh, a player that some Kings fans thought was in play at the 8th pick, scored 10 points on 3-10 shooting (1-2 from three) along with 18 rebounds (5 offensive), 8 fouls (they give you 10 in summer league) and 4 turnovers.
Vonleh's rebounding numbers are a bit inflated however given the absolutely atrocious shooting by both sides. The Kings finished the game shooting just 35.2% from the field and only had 7 assists all game. Charlotte was even worse at 28.6%. Charlotte also had 17 turnovers to Sacramento's 13.
The biggest difference in the game came at the Free Throw line where the Kings made 30-40. Charlotte only made 16-26. The Hornets had a combined 39 fouls called on them, and each starter had at least 4 and three players at 6 or more. The Kings had nobody over 5. Sacramento did a good job of attacking the basket and drawing contact and not allowing the same to happen on the other end.
- Ben McLemore still looks a little out of control at times. I get the feeling that Summer League is just simply not the best showcase for his talents. He's not a guy that is comfortable creating offense or being a main focus. He's a complementary guy, and his biggest strength is moving off the ball. It is a bit worrying to me though that his three point shot doesn't look like it's gotten any more consistent. I thought his handle looked a bit improved and he did well when he slowed down later in the game, and he had a couple very strong takes to the basket.
- I feel like Stauskas didn't have the ball much, but he also didn't try to force anything. He's an unselfish player and his outside shot is really smooth. He has a very natural feel for the game and I'm looking forward to seeing him play more this week.
- Acy's a bundle of energy. He didn't try to showcase his long-range game this time though, not even attempting a three pointer.
- The fact that Derrick Williams isn't excelling (and really, he's struggling) against this type of competition is very worrying to me about his long term prospects.
- Sim Bhullar checked in for the first time and played a few minutes. This guy is massive. I almost want to only write his name as SIM BHULLAR now just to indicate that. He is also super slow though. He had one great instance though where a Charlotte player tried to attack him and draw some contact. That didn't work out quite according to his plan. SIM BHULLAR ended that plan.
- Eric Moreland looks like he's on a pogo stick. He's bouncing everywhere. He had 4 blocks in his 21 minutes of action to go with 9 rebounds.
- Marshon Brooks looked very comfortable out there. I would not be surprised to see him make the team. I know Ra'Shad James led the team in scoring but Brooks was the best player for the Kings.
- Ray McCallum is a defensive pest and I love it. I would like to see him get the team into its offense quicker though.
- On the other side, P.J. Hairston hasn't seen a shot he doesn't like. He reminds me of a taller Marcus Thornton. Vonleh definitely has skill and a big body, just powering through Quincy Acy and Derrick Williams a couple times, but he's also super raw and doesn't seem to have a great feel for what he's doing. I think going to a Charlotte team where he doesn't have to be an immediate contributor and can learn from Al Jefferson is about the best thing that could have happened for him.