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Kings announce return of California Classic NBA Summer League tournament

Kings announce return of California Classic NBA Summer League tournament

SACRAMENTO -- Year 1 of the California Classic was so successful, the Sacramento Kings have decided to do it again.

The team flashed an advertisement for the event on the scoreboard during the team’s home finale on Sunday evening and on Monday morning, the official press release hit.

Sacramento will play host to a pre-Las Vegas Summer League tournament on July 1, 2 and 3. For a second consecutive year, teams from the Kings, Lakers, Heat and Warriors will play double-headers in a round robin tournament at Golden 1 Center.

“Building on the incredibly successful inaugural year which saw more than 50,000 attendees, we are excited to once again host the California Classic at Golden 1 Center,” Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé said in a prepared statement.

"Last year proved to be a unique experience, with an emphasis on technology, entertainment, community and, of course, basketball, and we look forward to continuing to showcase the best Sacramento has to offer."

The tournament was a rousing success. Fans filled Golden 1 Center for summer hoops. The Kings put on a great show with activities and concerts in the courtyard adjacent to the arena.

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While they are quite yet ready to call it an “annual event,” Sacramento is clearly trying to prove that they have the ability to run a much bigger event, like an NBA All-Star game.

Tickets go on sale for season ticket holders beginning Tuesday, April 9 for three-day passes to the event. The general public will get a crack at the three-day pass on April 10 via Kings.com/CAClassic.

Jackson, Giles pave the way for Kings' first Summer League win

Jackson, Giles pave the way for Kings' first Summer League win

The Sacramento Kings picked up their first win of the Summer League in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon, knocking off the Memphis Grizzlies by a final of 94-80. With the victory, the Kings improved to 2-4 overall on the summer.

Wins and losses don’t mean much, but there are plenty of items to glean from the games. Here are five takeaways as the Kings move towards the elimination phase of the tournament.

- Justin Jackson looks great as a primary scorer. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely he’ll have that role when the regular season starts in October. As a focal point, Jackson dropped in 20 points or more for the fourth time in six games. He shot an impressive 8-of-13 from the field and knocked down 2-of-4 from long range on his way to a 20-point, two-rebound performance. 

- Harry Giles is gaining momentum. The Kings haven’t had a player like Giles since Ron Artest. The 20-year-old big plays the game with an intensity and force that Sacramento desperately needs. He still makes plenty of rookie mistakes, but his defensive acumen is off the charts, especially for a player that’s sat for most of the last three seasons. He posted his second double-double of the summer, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of action. In three games in Vegas, Giles is averaging 12 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes a contest.

- Frank Mason has struggled to find his footing while running the show, but he looked better against the Grizzlies. The second-year point guard managed to score 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting and chipped in 13 assists. Mason currently ranks third in assist during the Las Vegas Summer League at eight dimes per game. He’s struggled to get his offense going, but he’s setting up his teammates well and he turned the ball over just once in 26 minutes of action.

- The Kings are loaded at the center and power forward positions, but Zach Auguste looks like a player worth giving a longer look. The 25-year-old out of Notre Dame scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and added a block and a steal in 19 minutes of action. He’s mobile, rebounds and has a nice post game. The Kings only have two roster spots open for the regular season, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to offer Auguste an invite to training camp and possibly a look in Stockton this season. 

- Anthony Brown and Matt Jones both contributed to the Kings’ win. At 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, Brown has good size for the wing spot. He’s bounced in and out of the league over the past three seasons after being taken in the early second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Jones spent last season with the Bighorns after going undrafted out of Duke in 2017. He can shoot the rock, but the Kings are set at the shooting guard position. 

Marvin Bagley III will miss rest of Summer League

Marvin Bagley III will miss rest of Summer League

Marvin Bagley III's first appearance at the NBA Summer League is over after just one game. 

An MRI on Monday revealed the 19-year-old, who Sacramento selected No. 2 overall in this June's NBA Draft, has a pelvic bone bruise, the Kings announced. He will be able to resume full basketball activity in a couple weeks, but will miss the remainder of the Summer League.

Bagley played 32 minutes in his Las Vegas debut on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal. He left the game early, and was stretching with Pete Youngman, Sacramento's head trainer. 

The rookie played in all three tune-up games ahead of Summer League as part of the inagural California Classic. As a freshman at Duke last season, Bagley missed four games with a knee injury.