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The [Summer League] champions are back.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings today announced their official campaign to defend their title by releasing the roster for the Las Vegas Summer League, which will take place from July 10-20 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

In addition to Willie Cauley-Stein, the Kings selection with the sixth pick in the NBA Draft, the rest of the roster rounds out like this:

  • James Anderson, 6'6'', 213 pounds, guard, Oklahoma State
  • Sim Bhullar, 7'5'', 360 pounds, center, New Mexico State
  • Duje Dukan, 6'10'', 218 pounds, forward, Wisconsin
  • Corey Hawkins, 6'2'', 192 pounds, guard, UC Davis
  • Ian Hummer, 6'7'', 225 pounds, forward, Princeton
  • C.J. Leslie, 6'9'', 205 pounds, forward, North Carolina State
  • DeAndre Liggins, 6'6'', 209 pounds, guard, Kentucky
  • Shaquielle McKissic, 6'5'', 200 pounds, forward, Arizona State
  • Eric Moreland, 6'10'', 218 pounds, forward/center, Oregon State (he and Cauley-Stein should be an entertaining front court)
  • Alex Oriakhi, 6'9'', 255 pounds, forward, Missouri
  • Juwan Staten, 5'11', 186 pounds, guard, West Virginia
  • Nik Stauskas, 6'6'', 205 pounds, guard, Michigan
  • David Stockton, 5'11'', 165 pounds, guard, Gonzaga
  • Julyan Stone, 6'6'', 206 pounds, guard, UTEP
  • David Wear, 6'10'', 225 pounds, forward, UCLA

Chad Iske and John Welch will serve as the head coaches of the team.

The Kings will play at least five games, beginning with its first contest on Friday, July 10. The current schedule of Kings games during the Summer League is as follows:

1. Friday, July 10 vs. Toronto, 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center

2. Sunday, July 12 vs. Denver, 5:00 p.m. at the Cox Pavilion

3. Monday, July 13 vs. Golden State, 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center

Games four and five will be determined after seeding.

The Kings will hold a mini-camp July 7-9 in Sacramento before leaving for Las Vegas. The 24 teams - 23 NBA teams and one NBA Development League Select team - will compete in three preliminary round games from July 10-14 before being seeded in a tournament running through the championship game on July 20.

The Kings defeated the Houston Rockets 77-68 in last year's Summer League championship. To relive all the magic, click here.