Buddy Hield

Source: Kings rule Fox out vs Bucks; Hield done for rest of Summer League

Source: Kings rule Fox out vs Bucks; Hield done for rest of Summer League

The Sacramento Kings look to pick up their first win of Las Vegas Summer League Wednesday night, but they’ll have to do it without one of their young stars. Rookie De’Aaron Fox will miss the game with a stiff ankle, NBC Sports California has confirmed.

Fox sat in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. The injury is not considered serious.

The 19-year-old out of the University of Kentucky is averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting 47.1 percent from the field for Sacramento.

Buddy Hield will sit as well. The second-year guard is officially done for the Summer League session. Hield has struggled from the field during Sacramento’s three losses, but he finishes with 16.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 26 minutes a night.

The Kings plan coming into the tournament was to play Hield the first three games and then turn to other players to finish the week. veteran Luis Montero started in his place against the Bucks. 

As the Kings were without Fox, another rookie point guard went down. Frank Mason III only lasted four minutes before spraining his left ankle. He will not return to the game, NBC Sports California has learned.

Bogdan Bogdanovic sighting

Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic is in Las Vegas supporting his soon-to-be teammates on Wednesday night. The Serbian-born sharpshooter is in line for a three-year, $27 million contract with the Kings which should be announced soon. 

Bogdanovic has been playing on tournaments overseas all summer and will not play for the Kings in Las Vegas.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Lakers

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV --  The Lakers pulled the plug and the ballyhooed matchup between Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox Monday night. Los Angeles chose to sit their star young point guard, which opened the door for Sacramento to pick up their first win during the 2017 Summer League schedule.  But that’s not what happened. Los Angeles jumped all over the Kings early, leading by as many as 28. Sacramento made a late run, but fell by a final of 95-92.

-- Frank Mason is finding his stride. The former Kansas Jayhawk star looked like the little engine that could against the Lakers. He broke down Los Angeles’ defense and found open shooters. With others struggling, the second-rounder gave the Kings a boost with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench.

-- Buddy Hield is all over the board. After going cold in games 1 and 2, Hield lit the Lakers up for two 3-pointers early. And then he forced the action. He’s put on himself to have a big Summer League appears to be wearing on the second-year guard. He caught fire late, knocking down four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 22 points.

-- Justin Jackson is a nice asset to have. In today’s NBA, it’s refreshing to see a player who can play without the ball in his hands. After going 0-of-8 from long range on Sunday, the 22-year-old forward finished with 16 points on 7-for-16 from field. While he shot just 2-of-6 from deep, he plays the game under control and with confidence. That third year at UNC is paying off early.

-- De’Aaron Fox knows how to silence a crowd. With Laker fans chanting “over-rated” in the first half, Fox ran right by his defender for a lay-up. There might not be a faster player in the league. He needs to get his teammates involved, but Kings fans should be excited about their prized top five pick.

-- Ignoring your bigs is ill-advised. Georgios Papagiannis has struggled big time in Las Vegas and Skal Labissiere has been a non-factor in game 3. Sacramento over-dribbled on the perimeter and forced up bad shots, limiting their starting power forward and center to a combined nine shots, none of which found the bottom of the net.

Fox, Giles headline Kings Summer League roster

Fox, Giles headline Kings Summer League roster

SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings today announced the team’s roster for the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Sacramento will play at least five games, beginning with its first contest on Friday, July 7 against the Phoenix Suns at 7:30 p.m. PDT at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Kings next game will take place on Sunday, July 9 versus the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. at Cox Pavilion, followed by the final preliminary round game for Sacramento on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. against the L.A. Lakers from Thomas & Mack.

This summer’s event will again feature a tournament-style format first debuted in 2013 that will crown an NBA Summer League champion on Monday, July 17.

A record 24 NBA teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament running through the championship game. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five contests.

The Kings social media team will provide comprehensive coverage of Summer League at Kings.com. For all-access Kings Summer League content, also stay current with Twitter.com/SacramentoKings, Facebook.com/SacramentoKings, Instagram.com/SacramentoKings and the team’s Snapchat account: SacramentoKings.

ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App, including 35 games on its linear television channels. NBA TV will air 28 contests, commencing with the league’s opener on July 7. In total, 63 games from Las Vegas will air on ESPN and NBA TV’s channels—a Summer League record.

Tickets for the 2017 NBA Summer League are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com.

KINGS 2017 NBA LAS VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE (all times PDT)

Game Day Date Opponent Time Arena
1 Friday July 7 vs Phoenix 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center
2 Sunday July 9 vs. Memphis 7 p.m. Cox Pavilion
3 Monday July 10 vs L.A. Lakers 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center

 

 

 

4 and 5 to be determined after seeding

Below is the Sacramento Kings' Summer League Roster:

No. Player Position Ht. Wt. Last college/team Country Yrs.
5 De'Aaron Fox G 6-3 175 Kentucky USA R
15 Frank Mason III G 6-0 190 Kansas USA R
18 Dominique Hawkins G 6-2 188 Kentucky USA R
24 Buddy Hield G 6-4 214 Oklahoma Bahamas 1
19 Naz Mitrou-Long G 6-4 218 Iowa State USA R
26 Scottie Randall G-F 6-6 225 Temple USA R
25 Justin Jackson F 6-8 209 North Carolina USA R
29 JaKarr Sampson F 6-8 223 St. Johns USA 2
23 Malachi Richardson G 6-6 205 Syracuse USA R
37 Reggie Hearn F 6-4 209 Northwestern USA R
35 Luis Montero G 6-7 200 Reno Bighorns Dominican Republic R
13 Georgios Papagiannis C 7-1 240 Panathianaikos Greece 1
3 Skal Labissiere F-C 6-11 225 Kentucky Haiti 1
20 Harry Giles F 6-10 240 Duke USA R
50 Jack Cooley F 6-10 274 Notre Dame USA 1
88 Eric Stuteville F-C 6-11 245 Sacramento State USA R
77 Phil Scrubb G 6-3 185 Carleton Canada R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kings media services provided this report