Five takeaways from Kings' California Classic finale vs Heat
A successful inaugural California Classic
SACRAMENTO -- The California Classic wrapped up Thursday afternoon with an 86-76 Sacramento Kings loss to the Miami Heat. While the home team finished just 1-2 on the week, it’s hard not to consider the endeavor an overwhelming success.
According to the team, over 50,000 fans showed up for the three-day event in Sacramento, filling Golden 1 Center to take in summer league competition. It was a fun tournament that allowed fans a first glimpse at what the future might hold for a few young players.
Here are five takeaways from the action on the floor...
Justin Jackson stars in finale
- Justin Jackson found his game. After a tough start to the week, Jackson posted big numbers in games two and three. The 23-year-old forward led the Kings with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He was aggressive and active. Jackson needs to use summer league to build confidence and find consistency for training camp later this year.
A double-double for Giles
- Harry Giles III has plenty of potential. After redshirting last season, the 20-year-old big made noise in the final game, finishing with an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double. Early in his career, Giles will use his energy to impact the game on both ends of the floor, but there is more to his game. With better talent around him, expect to see the Kings run their offense through the 6-foot-10 power forward. He has great court vision and a soft touch as a passer.
Rough day for Bagley
- Marvin Bagley III struggled, but the talent is there. Against a big Miami frontline, Bagley forced the action in the paint. The Heat’s bigs forced him to the baseline, where he couldn’t even get a shot up. After being drafted less than two weeks ago, Bagley will need time to acclimate to the NBA game.
Steadiness from Mason
- Frank Mason III looked good running the team. Mason didn’t post jaw dropping numbers in Game 3, but over three games, he was the steady hand running the ship. He struggled with his shot in the finale, but still managed to post five assists and five rebounds.
Trying to make the team
- Cam Reynolds scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long range. Daxter Miles had a few moments to put on his resumé. Zach Auguste turned some heads with his play, but an ankle injury slowed him in his last outing. All of these players will have a chance for more time with the Kings starting Friday in Las Vegas.
(Image of Cam Reynolds courtesy NBA TV)