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Kings earn a 1st round bye in Vegas Summer League Tournament

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Kings have so far done much better in Vegas Summer League than last year, when they lost their first four games before finally emerging victorious in the 5th.  Under the new format, the first three games are used to determine seeding for a knockout tournament.  Every team is guaranteed to play at least two more games with some teams playing 3 or 4 more depending on how far they advance.

The Kings finished 8th, and so get a first round bye and will not play until Thursday.  The bottom 16 teams will play on Wednesday and Sacramento will play the winner of Phoenix and Minnesota on Thursday at 1 pm.  If Sacramento wins that game they will advance to the Quarterfinals and continue playing until they lose.  If they lose that Thursday game against the Suns/Wolves, they will only play once more in the consolation round on Friday.

More games for the Kings would be a good thing, as every bit of extra floor time and experience is valuable.  The Kings should have a good shot of advancing given that their starters are all roster players and guys like Derrick Williams, Quincy Acy and Marshon Brooks all have 3 years of NBA experience under their belts already. Phoenix and Minnesota also will be playing their 3rd game in 3 days after both playing on Tuesday and Wednesday while Sacramento will have had two days off.