SACRAMENTO -- The California Classic wrapped up Wednesday afternoon at Golden 1 Center, and it was a rousing success for the second consecutive summer. The Kings know how to put on an event, and the three-day tournament once again drew big numbers at the box office.
The Miami Heat won the tournament, but the Kings’ young group was competitive and played hard. They let two games slip away in the final minutes, but played well as a unit for a team that formed less than a week ago.
Here are some quick takeaways from the Kings roster as they prepare to take the squad to the Las Vegas Summer League.
Don’t leave Kyle Guy open
The rookie second-rounder out of Virginia made the Kings' opponents pay with his high-level shooting during the three-day tournament. He needs to work on his overall game and get stronger, but he’s a fun addition to the squad.
The 21-year-old knocked down 9 of 22 shots (40.9 percent) from long range over the three games.
Justin James is finding his way
Guy's fellow second-rounder struggled, but had some bright spots. He posted nine points and nine rebounds in Wedensday's finale, which was an improvement over his previous two games.
While his offense was slow to develop, he showed signs that he can defend at a high level and picked up the Kings’ new switching defense better than most.
Wenyen Gabriel is improving
Sacramento gambled on the 6-foot-9 forward out of Kentucky last season, signing him to a two-year, two-way contract.
He was one of the better players in the tournament, and it will be interesting to see if the Kings look to elevate him to the parent club later this summer.
Bryce Brown is fun to watch
After four productive seasons at Auburn, the lightning-quick guard went undrafted last month. When given an opportunity, he lit up the Kings’ opponents over the last three days.
Brown’s a player worth looking at for a training-camp invite, and he might nicely fit in with the G League squad in Stockton.
Eric Mika is an enforcer
The 24-year-old big out of BYU put up double-doubles in the final two games of the California Classic, and he’s another possible training-camp invite.
Like Brown, Mika would be a solid G League addition if he doesn’t go back to playing overseas. Mika spent the last two seasons in Italy and Germany, respectively.
Semaj Christon's NBA experience showed
The veteran point guard helped stabilize everything for the Kings throughout the three days.
The Kings used veteran point guard Marcus Williams to run the program in Stockton last season. Christon would be a nice replacement.
Local kid makes good
Isaiah Pineiro who played his high school ball at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif., made a nice impression.
He’s a big, strong combo-forward who played a physical style, and even knocked down a few 3-balls.