Kings G League team opens inaugural season in Stockton with lively crowd

Stockton Kings

Kings G League team opens inaugural season in Stockton with lively crowd

STOCKTON -- With the Sacramento Kings cruising through their four-game road trip on the east coast, the team’s G League affiliate opened their inaugural season in Stockton, Calif., Friday evening. 

After spending the last decade as the Reno Bighorns, the Kings relocated their affiliate 40 minutes down the road over the summer and rebranded the team as the Stockton Kings.

All of the team’s brass were in attendance and sitting courtside, including owner Vivek Ranadivé, COO Matina Kolokotronis, president John Reinhart, general manager Vlade Divac and all three of his assistant GMs, Brandon Williams, Ken Catanella and Peja Stojakovic.

Before the game tipped off, Ranadivé joined Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs at center court to welcome in the new crowd. Tubbs, 28, is one of the youngest mayors of a major city in the United States.

Purple towels adorned the seats of the Stockton Arena, that also houses the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League. More than 5,000 fans turned out to watch the Kings take on the Oklahoma City Blues on opening night.

The roster is a mixed bag of veterans, local kids and a few NBA hopefuls. Wenyen Gabriel, one of the team’s two, two-way players, started on the frontline. Troy Williams, the Kings’ second two-way player is currently traveling with the parent club as they prepare to take on the Milwaukee Sunday afternoon.

While the team will play games in Stockton, they are headquartered out of the Kings’ former practice facility on the Arco property in Natomas. The current roster was assembled by general manager, Anthony McClish, as well as Drake U’u, the team’s assistant GM.

The move to Stockton allows for the better synergy between the parent club and the affiliate with players being able to transfer back and forth between the two teams in minutes.

It was a lively evening, but the game didn’t go as planned in the opener. The home team fell by a final of 124-89, but the crowd seemed to enjoy having basketball in their city for the first time.

Kings vs. Spurs live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Kings vs. Spurs live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

The Kings welcome the new-look, San Antonio Spurs to Golden 1 Center Monday night. 

Kawhi Leonard is gone, so Sacramento will get its first look at the DeMar DeRozan-led Spurs. DeRozan was the centerpiece of the summer trade that sent Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. 

DeRozan hasn't missed a beat in his new surroundings, averaging 25.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists as the Spurs are tied for fourth in the Western Conference with a 7-4 record. The Kings trail them by a game in the way-too-early standings. 

Here's how you can watch Kings-Spurs, as well as NBC Sports California's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 7 p.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 12 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Looking to get back on track, the Kings will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Golden 1 Center. The Spurs have won 14 in a row against the Kings dating to 2014.

The Kings couldn’t buy a bucket in their last game out and fell to the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ll now face a veteran Spurs team that continues to win despite missing major pieces due to injury. 

Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm.

[RELATED: How to watch Kings-Spurs live on new MyTeams app]

The Kings get a three-day break before heading back out on the road for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday in Memphis and Houston.


Spurs by 3

Projected Starting Lineup

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

PG Derrick White
SG Bryn Forbes
SF DeMar DeRozan
PF Dante Cunningham
C LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury Report

C Kosta Koufos (right calf soreness) OUT

SF Rudy Gay (sore right heel) PROBABLE, C Jakob Poeltl (ankle) PROBABLE, C Pau Gasol (sore left foot) OUT, PG DeJounte Murray (knee) OUT, SG Lonnie Walker (knee) OUT.

Rotation Outlook

Coach Dave Joerger still is mixing and matching his lineups after the return of Bogdan Bogdanovic. The 26-year-old wing slowly is having his minutes restrictions lifted after missing 11 of the first 13 games following a knee issue.

Harry Giles is back with the team after spending Sunday with the Stockton Kings of the G-League. There is a chance he could see court time with veteran big man Kosta Koufos sitting with a calf issue.

Buddy Hield is hoping for a bounce-back game after shooting just 3 of 17 from the field in the loss to the Lakers.

Gregg Popovich continues to put his team in contention to win games. Injuries at key positions have forced the veteran coach to mix and match his lineups all season.

Derrick White is coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in his second game as the team’s starting point guard. Rudy Gay is scheduled to return after missing the previous three games due to injury.

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge anchor a quality squad that currently sits at 7-4 on the season.