The Kings just released their Summer League schedule and roster right now and it has some very interesting inclusions that I think could end up shaping the rest of the off-season for the Kings.
First let’s go over their schedule of which I’ll be able to attend two of their games in about 10 days.
KINGS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Time Arena TV/Webcast
Friday July 10 vs. Detroit 3 p.m. Cox Pavilion Webcast
Saturday July 11 vs. Golden State 5 p.m. Cox Pavilion Webcast
Monday July 13 vs. Milwaukee 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Cntr Webcast
Wednesday July 15 vs. D-League Select 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Cntr Webcast
Friday July 17 vs. New York 3 p.m. Cox Pavilion Webcast
I’ll get to see the first game against Detroit and their second game against the Warriors, which could end up being a legendary Summer League showdown.
Now let’s go over the roster:
2009 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE SACRAMENTO KINGS ROSTER
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Born From NBA Exp.
42 Robert Battle F 6-8 230 05/05/1981 Drexel R
40 Jon Brockman F 6-7 255 03/20/1987 Washington R
43 John Bryant C 6-11 275 06/13/1987 Santa Clara R
20 Pat Calathes G-F 6-10 210 12/12/1985 St. Joseph’s R
18 Omri Casspi F 6-9 225 06/22/1988 Israel R
13 Tyreke Evans G 6-6 220 09/19/1989 Memphis R
20 Donté Greene F 6-11 226 02/21/1988 Syracuse 1
31 Spencer Hawes C-F 7-0 245 04/28/1988 Washington 2
16 Marcus Landry F 6-7 230 11/01/1985 Wisconsin R
25 Wes Matthews G-F 6-5 220 12/14/1986 Marquette R
22 Jerel McNeal G 6-3 200 06/01/1987 Marquette R
15 Brian Roberts G 6-2 175 12/03/1985 Dayton R
8 Victor Stowes G 6-2 215 09/29/1984 Reinhardt College R
34 Jason Thompson F 6-11 250 07/21/1986 Rider 1
7 Ryan Toolson G 6-4 190 03/21/1985 Utah Valley R
SUMMER LEAGUE HEAD COACH: Pete Carril (College – Lafayette)
HEAD COACH Paul Westphal (College – USC)
ASSISTANT COACHES Jim Eyen (College – UC-Santa Barbara)
Mario Elie (College – American International)
Truck Robinson (College – Tennessee State)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (College – California)
Pete Carril (College – Lafayette)
ATHLETIC TRAINER Pete Youngman (College – Ithaca)
STRENGTH-AND-CONDITIONING COACH Daniel Shapiro (College – Seattle Pacific)
Now here’s where I think your next two roster spots will go for the Kings unless they can get a great deal on a veteran free agent — John Bryant and Jerel McNeal.
John Bryant was an intriguing big man prospect out of Santa Clara who is really big at 6’11″ and 275 lbs. In his senior season with the Broncos, he averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. He shot nearly 60% from the field and 78% from the free throw line. He can play. The problem is that he’s limited athletically and is pretty slow. But I think you can expect the same type of interest in him that the Kings previously showed in Darryl Watkins.
And with Jerel McNeal, you’re getting the possibility of signing the best undrafted guard in this year’s draft class. He is a good combo guard who has battled some injury problems. He’s probably more of a longshot to make the team than Bryant is but he’s definitely someone who could be manning the offensive attack for the Reno Big Horns this year while he waits to be signed to a 10-day contract with a team like the Kings.