Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings' loss to Mavericks


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings' loss to Mavericks


Summer League has not been kind to the Sacramento Kings. Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks took on a similar theme to the team’s first four games -- inconsistent play, injury and a late rally. In the end, the Mavericks were the better team, coming away with the 83-76 win and dropping Sacramento to 1-4 for the tournament.

-- Justin Jackson is amazing...every other game. The UNC product has been all over the board through five summer league games. Against the Mavs, the good Jackson showed up. In 35 minutes of action, the 22-year-old wing dropped in 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting and added four assists, four rebounds and two steals. He’s going to earn minutes early in his career.

-- DeAaron Fox vs. Dennis Smith Jr. is going to be a fun matchup for years to come. Fox was limited due to ankle stiffness, playing just seven minutes for the Kings before coach Jason March pulled the plug. He had a front row view to Smith’s 25-point, seven-rebound, two-assist, three-steal performance. Smith’s talent has never been in question, but an ACL tear in high school and questions about his maturity caused him to fall to the ninth pick. He’ll make more than one team regret passing on him.  

-- Like Jackson, Skal Labissiere has had a Jekyll and Hyde week in Vegas. In the grand scheme of things, Summer League means very little. No one will remember a 1-for-7 shooting performance once the regular season begins. Labissiere had to be hoping for more than 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game, though. He'll learn from the experience.

-- Luis Montero, Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson have done enough to earn a training camp invite somewhere. Montero filled in for Hield and chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds. Cooley scored 10 points in 11 minutes and Sampson brought energy, along with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 20 minutes off the bench.

-- Georgios Papagiannis just turned 20 years old. It’s a fact that escapes plenty of basketball talking heads. The 7-foot-1 big has worked tirelessly on his body, but he is still at least a year or more away from stepping in and playing rotational minutes at the NBA level. He needs to get stronger and the speed of the game is still an issue. He has skills, but making any judgments on who he’ll be as a player after 22 regular season games and a handful of Summer League contests is probably too early.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.