For the first time in a while the Kings are making what seem to be good off-season trades and acquisitions. In addition to picking up Aaron Brooks, the Kings have also acquired James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2014. Johnson, a forward drafted 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2009, has significantly improved his numbers since entering the NBA. Last season in Toronto he averaged 25.2 minutes per game (with 40 starts), 9.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game. Johnson is versatile down low, a great defender and his size (6’9’’) gives him the upper hand against most small forwards in the league. Sure, he may not be putting up the best numbers (yet), but anything in the Kings post game would be an improvement.
Summer League is officially underway and as usual the Kings are keeping things interesting. In his debut in purple and black, #5 draft pick Thomas Robinson lead the Kings with 19 points and 5 rebounds only to come up short to the Bobcats, losing (badly) 121-87. The Kings took on their rivals, the Lakers, in their second Summer League game and pleasantly surprised everyone coming out with an 84-72 win. In their third game against the Rockets, the Kings fell 113-91, but it was Jimmer Fredette who dropped 30 points for the Kings. If there is one thing that’s been consistent in Summer League it’s Thomas Robinson. Showing up big in his debut game, following up against the Lakers with 14 points and 12 rebounds and topping off his most recent game with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. If this isn’t the definition of baller status, I don’t know what is.
Tomorrow the Kings will continue Summer League as they take on the Raptors.
That’s a wrap for today. Tune in next time for more on Kings news, players and statistics.