The Kings aren’t trying to win the 2014 Summer League Championship, but they have a squad that should compete for the title.
You just wouldn’t know that if you watched their dismal 85-69 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday night at Cox Pavilion.
The Kings were outscored 50-26 in the second half.
“Just a very poor second half of basketball,” said Kings head coach Michael Malone.
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The Kings started at least four players that figure to be in their rotation this season and were outclassed by the Spurs, who started no one that finished the season in their rotation along with rookie Kyle Anderson.
The Kings’ two best players were Quincy Acy (14 points, seven rebounds) and Nik Stauskas (14 points, three assists, two steals, two blocks).
Derrick Williams had 12 points and five rebounds.
Ray McCallum had 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Ben McLemore had the roughest night with 11 points on 2-for-8 shooting with a game-high eight turnovers.
Malone said ball movement and team ball were emphasized during this week’s practices so he was not pleased that the Kings had 19 turnovers and only eight assists.
Anderson had six assists and no turnovers for San Antonio.
• Stauskas was asked his take on DeMarcus Cousins after spending time around him this week:
“He’s a great guy. He’s a lot of fun to be around. I know he’s got a little bit of a personality and he can get angry sometimes, but from what I’ve seen so far, he’s hard working, he likes to get after it.”
Stauskas aslo took a hard fall and said he’d probably be sore, but finished the game.
• Acy showed off his improved shooting range, including making two of his three attempts from three-point range.
The Kings have until July 26 to decide to pick up his contract option for next season. His improved shooting gives him a chance to be in the mix to stick around for next season.