Derrick Williams had his best summer league game on Monday with 17 points, but the Kings forward sat out Thursday’s 100-86 win over Minnesota at Cox Pavilion.
That was the plan all along, Kings coach Michael Malone said.
“When I asked Derrick to play summer league, I told him going into it (to) come here, work out here in training camp, play the first three games or so, and maybe we’ll talk about shutting you down,” Malone said.
Williams averaged 12.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games.
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Malone said the decision not to play Williams had nothing to do with him being part of trade discussions for Detroit forward Josh Smith.
Ben McLemore led the Kings with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. MarShon Brooks had 19 points off the bench.
Summer debut – Alex Oriakhi started at center in his first summer league action with the Kings.
Oriakhi was acquired last week from Phoenix in a sign-and-trade deal for Isaiah Thomas.
Oriakhi learned about the trade after arriving in Las Vegas to play in the summer league with Phoenix. He was a second-round pick by the Suns in 2013 and had just completed minicamp with the team.
Malone liked having another big man so Quincy Acy could play power forward, his natural position.
Oriakhi had six points, two assists and two blocked shots.
“I had practiced at least twice, and I had the plays on my iPad, so I studied all those, and they just threw me in the fire,” said Oriakhi, a member of Connecticut’s 2011 NCAA championship team before transferring to Missouri. “What more could you ask for? That’s what you want – you want to play. It was great to get minutes.”
Oriakhi, who played in the NBA Development League last season, is looking forward to training camp with the Kings.
“I’ve never been to Sacramento,” Oriakhi said. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. It could be a blessing in disguise.”
Next game – The Kings will play in the summer league quarterfinals Saturday against Chicago or Philadelphia.