The 2012 NBA Summer League did not get off to an auspicious start for the Sacramento Kings after a 121-87 blowout loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Kings put up some horrific numbers on Friday night in Las Vegas, shooting 37.7 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from three-point range, and amassing 23 turnovers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who went to the Bobcats second overall in the draft, was also a big part of the problem for the Kings. Kidd-Gilchrist went 7-12 from the floor, with 18 points and led his team with five assists.
Sacramento rookie and fifth overall pick Thomas Robinson showed that he has great potential as well as the need for development in his Kings debut. While Robinson led his team with 19 points, he also led the team with eight turnovers.
A curt Robinson was not shy in expressing displeasure in his performance during a post game interview:
Q: Thomas, obviously the score was not something you wanted in your pro debut, but are there some positives you can take out of this night?
A: No. Not at all.
Q: When you look at your performance tonight...what do you immediately say you can improve on?
A: I played horrible.
Q: What type of encouragement did you get tonight from your coaching staff?
A: Just keep playing through it.
But as bad as Robinson's night was, Kings guard Jimmer Fredette had an even worse one. Ferdette went an impossibly bad 2-11 from the floor and 0-8 in three-point attempts.
The Kings are back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. against the Los Angeles Lakers.