While the NBA playoffs have to be the most wonderful time of the year, I would say Summer League is a close second. It gives teams, coaches, players and fans a way to showcase new talent, size up the competition and see who is really here to play. While I have been most excited about Thomas Robinson and seeing how he prevails in Summer League, I have been very impressed with a player I knew nothing about until just a couple weeks ago.
Enter Josh Akognon, a 5’9’’ guard fresh out of the D-League. Akognon played two years in the Pac-12 for Washington State where he averaged 7.1 PPG. Akognon later transferred to California State University, Fullerton where he played his junior and senior year, averaging 22 PPG. Before entering the D-League, Akognon played overseas where he dominated and was even thought to be one of the best shooters outside of the NBA. In his three Summer League appearances with the Kings, Akognon has averaged 19.3 PPG. In the Kings single Summer League win against the Lakers, Akognon put up a team-high 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and went 4-8 from beyond the arc. Not too shabby for a guy I didn’t even know existed.
If Akognon can continue playing the way he is, he will be a huge asset to the Kings. As we all well know, we are happy to accept all of the help we can get and hopefully Akognon can continue to improve his game and step up for the Kings.