The NBA Summer League has shown a lot of promising things to the Sacramento Kings.
Obviously they have a lot of work to do if they wish to break their historic playoff drought that’s been plaguing them for nearly two decades now.
They have made some big moves in the offseason to improve their chances next year.
One of those moves was selecting Keegan Murray in last month’s NBA Draft.
In the battle of the No. 2 vs No. 4 pick at the Summer League, here is how they did against each other:
Chet Holmgren: 8 points (3-8 FG), 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists
Keegan Murray: 29 points (9-17 FG), 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists
Murray is averaging 21.8 PPG in 6 games pic.twitter.com/VWn8qnHvHs
— Cameron Salerno (@cameronsalerno1) July 14, 2022
It’s too soon to tell, of course, but Murray has been tremendous so far.
He’s done very well against all opponents, including the much-hyped number two draft pick, Chet Holmgren of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
When the two faced off against each other, Holmgren had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 assists.
Meanwhile, Murray put up 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists.
It looks like Murray can go toe-to-toe with even the biggest up-and-comers in the rookie class.
What’s next for him?
Becoming A King
Both Holmgren and Murray have a good chance at getting a lot of minutes during their first season in the NBA.
While other rookies might have to sit on the bench a lot, both of these guys are desperately needed by their troubled teams.
Murray will provide the Kings with youth, speed, and terrific lights-out shooting.
That obviously goes in line with some of the other upgrades the team has made over the last few weeks.
Murray will be yet another squad member to create space and killer shots, his time in the Summer League is making that obvious.