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Kings sign small forward Troy Williams to two-way contract

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Kings sign small forward Troy Williams to two-way contract

The Kings have signed small forward Troy Williams to a two-way contract, the team announced on Saturday. 

Williams, 23, is a two-year NBA veteran. In those two years, he has played for three different teams. 

Last season between the Rockets and Knicks, Williams appeared in 21 games and averaged 6.3 points per game. He has averaged 6.2 games for his career over 51 games played. 

Williams went undrafted out of Indiana University. 

Every NBA team can have two players signed to two-way contracts to play between the NBA and the G-League. The Kings used their first one on forward Wenyen Gabriel.

Warriors praise Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III after breakout night

Warriors praise Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III after breakout night

Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III is becoming a problem for opposing teams. Taken with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, Sacramento has taken the cautious approach to bringing him along, but that is changing in his first professional season.

While he didn’t move into the starting lineup, much to the chagrin of plenty of fans, Bagley is becoming the focal point of the Kings’ offense when he does step on the floor. In Thursday night's close loss to the Warriors, he once again showed off his incredible talent.

“Marvin was tough, he came in aggressive,” two-time league MVP Stephen Curry said. “Offensive rebounds, on the post he had some good possessions. He banks in a three, it’s kind of his night. He’s obviously been playing well as of late and showing why he is a top draft pick, so they got a good one there.”

Bagley went at the Warriors bigs, including former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green. The only one who found a way to slow the 19-year-old big was superstar Kevin Durant.

With Bagley rolling, Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, turned to Durant to give Bagley a different look. Durant used his length and athleticism to make life extremely difficult for the rookie.

“That wasn’t back and forth,” Durant said after the game. “Five blocks to one rip move.”

While he locked down Bagley, Durant still had plenty of praise for the Kings’ young power forward.

“His foot is on the gas, he’s not stopping,” Durant said. “No assists? That’s what I like to see. Especially off the bench. He’s got to provide energy off the bench. 28 for him, that’s the reason why they were in the game.”

Durant and Bagley chatted throughout the night. There was even a point where it looked like the 10-time All-Star tried to show the rookie that he was bringing the ball too low on his post move.

“He’s just helping me out and talking about the game,” Bagley said of his conversations with the Warriors star. “We’re both trying to win the game. They won, we came up short.”

Bagley has found success in his limited opportunity to face off against the Warriors. He had a 20-point, 17-rebound performance the first time the two teams met. In the second matchup, he went down with a knee injury five minutes into the contest, which cost him 11 games from late December through early January.

In the final battle of the regular season between the NorCal rivals, Bagley started slowly in the first quarter. He found his footing in the second, exploding for 13 points to finish the half with a team-high 16 points.

He got low-post position against his defender, and called for the ball on multiple occasions. Once he got going, his teammates tossed him the rock and got out of the way.

“I told him in the second half, ‘don’t stop, don’t stop what you’re doing. You’re keeping us in the game, you’re one of the reasons we have a big lead,’” Kings guard De’Aaron Fox said. “He just continues to grow. He’s getting stronger. He’s finishing through contact.”

Bagley finished the evening with 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field. He attacked the Warriors in the paint, which led to a career-high in both free-throw makes (11) and (14). In addition to the scoring, Bagley also ripped down 14 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.

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Like the rest of the team, Bagley was frustrated with the loss. The Kings have taken the Warriors to the brink in all four games this season only to come up empty.

“I hate it, we have to figure out how to get over that hump,” Bagley said about the Warriors sweeping the Kings. “We’re right there, that’s the positive thing about it, we’ve just got to keep growing.”

We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg with Bagley. He continues to improve, and he gives the Kings a wrinkle they need moving forward.

Kings Under Review: Big shot comes up short, Warriors pull off sweep

Kings Under Review: Big shot comes up short, Warriors pull off sweep

So close, yet so far away. The Sacramento Kings have given the Golden State Warriors all they can handle this season, but they continue to come up short.

The Kings rallied late against the Warriors Thursday evening at Oracle Arena and even had a look to push the game to overtime with a last second shot. But like the previous three matchups this season, it wasn't to be.

The 125-123 loss dropped the Kings to two games over the .500 mark at 30-28. Here are the positives and the negatives from the loss.

POSITIVE/NEGATIVE

Highest Highs, Lowest Lows

Buddy Hield couldn't buy a bucket early. He missed his first six 3-point attempts and sat at just 12 points on the night heading into the final minute of the game. 

Like so many other times this season, the Kings showed faith in their leading scorer, feeding him down the stretch and running plays to get him open looks.

Hield knocked down a 32-footer in Kevin Durant's face with 19 seconds remaining to cut the Warriors lead to three. After a pair of free throws from Stephen Curry pushed the lead to five, De'Aaron Fox found Hield in the corner where he hit a 23-footer to make it a two point game with 10.3 remaining.

In between these two buckets, coach Dave Joerger had words with Hield on the sidelines. Whether it was shot selection or something different, Joerger wasn't happy.

On the final possession, Joerger ran another play for Hield. He had a look from 28-feet for the win, but passed on it. He took Klay Thompson into the key, but came up short on a 12-foot turnaround.

Hield was extremely emotional after the game. He second guessed his decision, but the thought process behind the play was solid. He saw Marvin Bagley open underneath the rim, which made him pause. He glanced at the clock and didn't want to leave too much time. 6.5 seconds is an eternity in the NBA and for one of the few times this season, Hield couldn't answer the call.

POSITIVE

The Bagley Kid

In his first opportunity against the Warriors early in the season, Bagley tore through the Champs for 20 points and 17 rebounds. He even missed a put back at the buzzer that would have won the game.

The 19-year-old big injured his knee five minutes into the second matchup between these two teams and sat out the third game as well.

Healthy and brimming with confidence, Bagley went to work against Golden State on Thursday. After a slow first quarter, he lit the Warriors up for 13 in the second quarter to finish the half with 16 points.

It was more of the same in the second half. The rookie power forward attacked the Warriors front line to finish the night with 28 points and 14 rebounds. He shot 8-of-19 from the field and 11-for-14 from the free throw line.

Bagley forced the action at times, especially against Durant, who finished with a career-high seven blocks. But he is learning and the potential for stardom is there.

NEGATIVE

Chef Curry

Curry is the best shooter in the history of the game. He's the best shooter in the world. He will own every 3-point record when it's all said and done and it's possible they will stand for year.

Against the Kings, Curry caught fire. For the 14th time in his career, he knocked down 10 3-pointers, finishing the night with 36 points on 10-of-16 from behind the arc.

Golden State loves to find the open man, but there were plenty of times when the Kings didn't stick to the greatest shooter in the game. He moves without the ball as well as any player in the league and his release is lightning quick, but Sacramento allowed way too may open looks.

POSITIVE/NEGATIVE

The Sweep

Sacramento lost all four games to the Warriors this season by a total of 12 points. They had an opportunity to beat the champs in all four games and they came up short.

The Warriors are the gold standard of the league. They've won back-to-back championships and three of the last four.

There are no moral victories in the league. The Kings lost all four games.

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"Ain't no participation trophy over here. Just knowing that we can play with the best, I guess, but we don't do no consolation prizes," Fox said after the game.

The losses have left the Kings hungry and that's a good thing.