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What you need to know about Kings’ Las Vegas summer league team

Kings second-year center Willie Cauley-Stein looks to showcase his offensive skills in Las Vegas.
Kings second-year center Willie Cauley-Stein looks to showcase his offensive skills in Las Vegas. The Associated Press

The Kings opened play in the NBA Las Vegas summer league on Friday night with an 88-47 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Here’s what you need to know about the Kings.

Three story lines

1. Watch Willie

Second-year center Willie Cauley-Stein vows there is more to his game than defense. “I’m able to be a playmaker,” he told The Bee’s Jason Jones. He’ll get his chance in Las Vegas.

2. Time for Cousins to learn

No, not DeMarcus Cousins, backup point guard Isaiah Cousins. The second-round pick out of Oklahoma gives the Kings size (6-foot-5) on the perimeter. He averaged 12.7 points last season and shot better than 40 percent from three-point range. Now it’s time for him to learn the pro game.

3. What can we expect from Richardson?

Shooting guard Malachi Richardson couldn’t work out with the Kings until deals could be announced on July 7, so he’s a bit behind the curve. The No. 22 pick in last month’s draft was traded to the Kings from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Marco Belinelli. Richardson played one season at Syracuse, averaging 13.4 points on 36.9 percent shooting.

Kings’ summer league schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

TV/Result

July 8

Toronto

Cox Pavilion

7 p.m.

88-47, L

July 10

Houston

Thomas &Mack Center

3:30 p.m.

NBATV

July 11

New Orleans

Cox Pavilion

7 p.m.

ESPN2

Games 4 and 5 to be determined after tournament seeding

Kings’ summer league roster

No.

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

College/home

Exp.

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

C

7-1

242

22

Kentucky

1

28

Elgin Cook

F

6-6

212

23

Oregon

R

10

Isaiah Cousins

G

6-5

191

22

Oklahoma

R

26

Duje Dukan

F

6-10

218

24

Wisconsin

1

70

Arturas Gudaitis

C

6-10

254

23

Lithuania

R

3

Skal Labissiere

F/C

6-11

225

20

Kentucky

R

33

Ricky Ledo

G

6-7

197

23

Providence

2

93

Luka Mitrovic

F

6-8

200

23

Serbia

R

32

Retin Obasohan

G

6-3

224

23

Alabama

R

13

Georgios Papagiannis

C

7-1

240

19

Greece

R

20

Jarrod Uthoff

F

6-9

221

23

Iowa

R

34

Adam Woodbury

C

7-1

245

22

Iowa

R

55

Dominic Woodson

F

6-10

290

22

Tennessee

R

17

Josh Hagins

G

6-1

180

22

Ark.-Little Rock

R

61

Derrick Jones

F

6-7

190

19

UNLV

R

22

Malachi Richardson

G

6-5

205

20

Syracuse

R

Kings’ recent summer league leaders

Year

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

2015

D. Wear, 12.8 ppg.

Sim Bhullar, 10.0

D. Stockton, 4.5

W. Cauley-Stein, 2.8

2014

Ben McLemore, 12.6

Eric Moreland, 8.8

Ray McCallum 4.1

Moreland, 2.7

2013

McLemore, 15.8

Drew Gordon, 6.0

McCallum, 4.0

C.J. Aiken, 0.8

2012

Josh Akognon, 19.3

T. Robinson, 9.8

J. Fredette, 3.4

H. Whiteside, 3.0

Compiled by Chris La Marr

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