For the first time since 2019, summer hoops are back in the capital. The 3rd annual California Classics Festival hosted at the Golden 1 Center features Sacramento KingsAnd Golden State WarriorsAnd Los Angeles Lakers And Miami Heat Days before the NFL Summer League Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
fresh from the heels NBA Draft Less than a week ago, the Sacramento Kings kicked off their latest additions to the competition: pick number 9 overall and 2021 NCAA Champion Davion Mitchell of Baylor while Neemia Queta of Utah is listed at number 39 overall. Scratch.
The Kings started the game with Mitchell alongside Marcus Graves, Robert Woodard, Louis King and Emmanuel Terry. Emmanuel Terry slammed Louis King’s assist pass and put Sacktown on the board with 8:01 left to play in the first frame. Davion Mitchell quickly followed his first purple and white bucket from behind the arc, making him his first pointer in NBA 3.
A first quarter scoring low and below game plan from both teams left the Kings with a 16-13 lead heading into the second. Mitchell led all scorers with 5 points during the first quarter.
Off the bench, Matt Coleman III of Sacramento brought in 10 points in the second quarter, firing 2-2 from three. The first half ended with the Warriors trailing 41-40. Golden State’s Jordan Shackle led Dubs with 11 points while Mitchell led all scorers by two with 12 points, rebounds, assists and block.
The third quarter ended in a tie, with both teams scoring 21 points apiece, giving Sacramento a one-point advantage heading into the final frame 62-61. While the Warriors outperformed the Kings 34-29 by three, the Kings managed to keep their turnover at surprisingly 6 as opposed to Dub’s 10.
Davion made a back-to-back statement with 6:45 and 5:01 to play in the fourth quarter, tied two fouls and made 3-4 shots from the bar. The much-publicized closing defense display to Kings fans on draft night was an added addition to Mitchell’s offensive display.
Golden State’s Jeff Dowtin tied at 80-80 16.2 seconds before play in the competition, ending the regulation in a tie that headed the Kings in two-minute summer league overtime.
The Kings were down 89-82 to the Warriors in overtime behind Mitchell’s stellar debut.
Another pleasant surprise in the game was seeing the Kings’ sophomore, Robert Woodard II, put up 8 points and 7 rebounds after a quiet rookie season last year.
In general, it seemed clear that both teams were the first time they went together. Not a very compelling set of cohesive plays or intense chemistry has been put together, but seeing Davion Mitchell’s Sacramento lottery pick impress on the big stage with an unfamiliar supporting cast gives us a pretty good inclination that we’ll be enjoying it for the coming weeks.