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.
SACRAMENTO ---- The Sacramento Kings announced Wednesday that the team has signed 2017 second-round draft selection Frank Mason III to a contract, according to General Manager Vlade Divac.
Mason, a 6-0 guard, averaged 20.9 points (.490 FG%, .471 3pt%, .794 FT%), 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals during the Jayhawks’ 31-5 record and Elite Eight campaign—becoming the first player in both Big 12 and Kansas history to average 20.0 points and 5.0 assists for a season. For his efforts, the four-year collegian swept the National Player of the Year awards as a senior, earning honors from the AP, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA), NABC, Sporting News, CBS Sports, USA Today, NBC Sports and BleacherReport, becoming the first consensus National Player of the Year in Kansas history and just the second Jayhawks player to win the Wooden Award (Danny Manning, 1988). Additionally, Mason was bestowed the Bob Cousy Point Guard and Big 12 Player of the Year Awards. He concluded his career ranked sixth in KU history in scoring (1,885) and assists (576)—the only player to rank as high in both categories.
The first Kansas player to lead the Big 12 in scoring since 2004-05, Mason finished the season ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring while finishing first in the league in three-point percentage and fourth in assists. He posted 23 games of 20 or more points, including 10 of KU’s last 11 outings.
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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.