SAN FRANCISCO – A look at the best performances from Day 1 of the California Classic on Saturday at the Chase Center.
Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings
The Kings’ first draft pick offered a promising debut in the Summer League. In Sacramento’s 86-68 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Keegan finished with 26 points while shooting 10 for 14 from the field and 4 for 5 from 3-point range with eight rebounds in 28 minutes.
“It’s been a while since I’ve had any real live action,” Murray said nearly four months after finishing his sophomore season at the University of Iowa. “Going out to play was really fun for me. I was just trying to seize the moment.
The No. 4 pick in the 2022 NBA draft immediately seized on this moment. Murray fired a 3-pointer into the left corner on the first game of the game which he conceded to Kings Summer League head coach Jordi Fernandez. And with good reason.
Sacramento hopes Murray will get plenty of in-game reps this offseason. After the California Classic on Sunday (vs Miami Heat; 5 p.m. ET, NBA TV) and Tuesday (vs LA Lakers, 5:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV), Murray plans to participate in at least the start of the Las Vegas Summer League (7-17 July).
“I just wanted to be an aggressor all the time,” Murray said.
Gui Santos, Golden State Warriors
Santos may not just be a draft and stash player.
After the Warriors selected him 55th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, Santos played strong on his Summer League debut. He finished with 23 points shooting 7 for 13 from the field, 1 for 4 from 3-point range and 8 for 11 from the free throw line. Despite committing six turnovers, Santos added six rebounds, three steals and a solid plus-minus rating (+9).
Before making his move to the NBA, Santos played professionally in his native Brazil with Minas of the NBB League. Santos also helped Brazil win a gold medal in the 2019 FIBA South America Under-17 Championship.
Mac McClung, LA Lakers
McClung finished with 17 points shooting 5 for 9 from the field and 7 for 8 from the free throw line in 16 minutes off the bench.
After winning the G League Rookie of the Year award last season with the South Bay Lakers, McClung was given a two-way contract to close out the 2021-22 campaign. The Lakers have since signed rookies Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider on two-way deals. That leaves McClung hoping to showcase his game to other teams or give the Lakers a second thought.
Paris Bass, LA Lakers
Bass had 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting, six rebounds and a +31 plus-minus in 24 minutes off the bench. Bass had played for G League side Lakers last season before and after a 10-day stint with the Phoenix Suns.
After being drafted in 2016 after a two-year college stint at Detroit Mercy, Bass has played professionally overseas in Austria, the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Scotty Pippen Jr, LA Lakers
Pippen, son of a certain NBA Hall of Famer, finished with 14 points, six rebounds and a plus-minus +19. Without a doubt, Pippen’s father had an impact on the game by posting similar numbers. But youngster Pippen’s first Summer League action also resulted in some inefficiency with his shooting (3 for 9) and ball handling (five turnovers).
The Lakers signed Pippen to a two-way contract after averaging more than 20 points during his sophomore and third-year seasons at Vanderbilt.
Cole Swider, LA Lakers
Swider could give the Lakers some needed 3-point shots. He had 13 points shooting 5 for 7 overall and 3 for 5 from deep in 19 minutes.
After shooting skillfully for three years at Villanova and one at Syracuse, the Lakers signed Swider to a two-way deal in hopes he could bolster their need for usable wings.
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