Today, the Kings are champions.
Sure it's only Summer League, but it's still a testament to the hard work these young guys have put in these past two weeks. Facing a grueling 7 games in 11 day schedule, the Kings managed to go 6-1, with their sole loss being in their first game.
Sacramento trailed by as many as 8 points in the 4th quarter as nobody could buy a bucket. Ben McLemore started the game just 1-10 before finally finding a rhythm and hitting his next 3 shots, which got the team going again.
It was Ray McCallum that truly saved the day however. McCallum finished with a game-high 29 points and 9 rebounds in 30 minutes and 19 of his points came in the 2nd half. Ray Mac was a huge part of Sacramento's final run, including hitting this impressive buzzer beater to put the Kings up by 4.
As they have done all throughout Summer League, Sacramento's defense shone, and the Rockets only managed to shoot 32.0% for the game. Eric Moreland was again a beast on that end, finishing with 3 blocks and 10 rebounds.
The Rockets got double digit scoring from Donatas Motiejunas (16 points), Nick Johnson (17) and Isaiah Canaan (15) but nobody else scored more than 6 for Houston.
Rookie Nik Stauskas scored a very efficient 10 points on 6 shots in 26 minutes and also had 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Overall it was a pretty solid summer league for the Kings' lottery pick, as he only really struggled in one game.
This was the last Kings basketball we'll be seeing for a while, so it was nice to see them end it on such a high note. Stauskas showed a lot of promise, and our other young guys like Ray, Ben and Quincy showcased some big improvements as well. There were even some bright moments from guys like Eric Moreland, Marshon Brooks and Jared Cunningham, all of whom might be invited to training camp this fall.
But right now, let's celebrate, because we don't get many opportunities to do so, even if it is just Summer League.