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Sacramento Summer League 2018: Monday Scores, Stats, Highlights and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 2:  Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Miami Heat boxes out the Golden State Warriors during the 2018 California Classic on July 2, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The inaugural Sacramento Summer League tipped off Monday night with two games at Golden 1 Center.

The Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat opposed one another in the opening game, with the Sacramento Kings displaying their young squad—headlined by No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III—against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Below is a brief recap for how the night unfolded.

     

Derrick Jones Jr.'s Big Night Encouraging Sign for Heat

Derrick Jones Jr. appeared in 14 games for the Heat in 2017-18, so summer league is an opportunity for the 21-year-old to play himself into a bigger role with Miami next season.

Jones looked good in a losing effort, scoring 24 points and collecting 11 rebounds as the Heat lost 79-68 to the Warriors. Jones is 6-of-29 on three-pointers over two years in the NBA, so Miami will be particularly happy to see him go 4-of-5 from beyond the arc Monday.

The way in which he threw down this two-handed jam in the fourth quarter showed how Monday's game was more than a preseason exhibition for Jones:

NBA @NBA

Derrick Jones Jr. slashes for the two-handed slam! 💪 @MiamiHEAT 66 | @warriors 73 Watch the finish on @NBATV https://t.co/OTl7qzF0g9

Heat center Bam Adebayo also posted a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) but shot 3-of-13 and picked up seven fouls.

On the other side, Kendrick Nunn and Damian Jones combined to score 33 points for the Warriors. Nunn added 11 rebounds and two assists, while Jones grabbed six boards.

Jordan Bell might still be basking in the glow of the Warriors' championship, as he didn't have as much of an impact on the game as one would've expected based on his role in Golden State's squad.

Bell had four points, five rebounds and three assists, but the only thing anybody will remember will be his missed alley-oop late in the fourth quarter. He appeared to put too much power behind his toss off the backboard, as he couldn't complete the left-handed jam.

Both the fans in Sacramento and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma were ruthless with their reactions to the mistake:

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA

Jordan Bell had a fast break, tried to throw it off the backboard to himself for a lefty dunk, blew it and got roundly booed by the Kings fans in attendance.

kuz @kylekuzma

did the henny hold you down from that off the glass you just tried bro? Lol @1jordanbell

Bell can atone for his error when the Warriors return to the court Tuesday for their second game of the Sacramento Summer League against the Kings.

     

Marvin Bagley III, Young Stars Provide Optimism for Kings Fans

One could be forgiven for thinking the Kings played a regular-season game Monday night, as an energetic home crowd helped them to a 98-93 win over the Lakers:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

People bemoaning the lack of competitiveness/parity as some type of fatal issue for NBA right now: The Kings arena is currently packed for meaningless summer league game in early July for peek at Fox/Bagley. There’s so much energy in so many fanbases right now, title shot or not. https://t.co/p49OnIr8ax

Bagley was one of four Kings players to score in double figures. He had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks. The rookie forward elicited a massive roar inside Golden 1 Center with a thunderous left-handed dunk over Lakers center Moritz Wagner:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

OH MY MARVIN BAGLEY 😤 https://t.co/Qjj5ixf0iP

Bagley wasn't the only young star for Sacramento to showcase his skills.

De'Aaron Fox had 23 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Since he already has a year in the NBA under his belt, Fox should have a big summer league. Monday's victory was a great start for the 2017 first-rounder.

More importantly, Harry Giles III scored 13 points in what was his Kings debut. He missed all of the 2017-18 season while recovering from knee surgery. The consensus was overwhelmingly positive regarding Giles' work on the floor:

Alex Kramers @alexkramers

So great to see Harry Giles back on the court. Showing a little of everything right now: rebounding, running the floor, outside shooting and defense.

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA

Harry Giles looking very comfortable with the 3 ball, just drained a pick and pop 3. His attempts to score 1 on 1 haven't gone as well. Obviously some rust after so much time off.

John Middlekauff @JohnMiddlekauff

Just from an athletic standpoint - Harry Giles moving around well. Looks smooth. Does WCS make it to training camp?

The Kings have gone 12 straight seasons without the playoffs, and they're bound to go another two or three years before they're seriously contending for the postseason.

But the trio of Bagley, Fox and Giles give the fanbase something to get excited about. That might not seem like much, but it's more than could be said about many of the recent Sacramento squads.

Wagner and Josh Hart each chipped in 23 points for Los Angeles, and Svi Mykhailiuk was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc en route to a 15-point night.

Understandably, the focus of Lakers fans will have been elsewhere, with a little more than 24 hours removed from the announcement LeBron James will sign a four-year deal with the team.

Considering the need for the Lakers to strengthen their roster with proven veterans—at the expense of more inexperienced players—Monday's game may have been an audition for Wagner, Hart or Mykhailiuk ahead of a move to another franchise.

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