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The Sacramento Kings impressed in their California Classic opener, defeating the Golden State Warriors 86-68 Saturday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Most notably, Kings rookie Keegan Murray was dominant, finishing with 26 points and eight rebounds in just over 28 minutes. He made 10 of 14 shots from the ground and four of five shots from deep.
The 21-year-old received plenty of praise for his performance on social media and many can’t wait to see what else he can do this summer.
Desmond Bane @DBane0625
Young guy hooping! Like his game https://t.co/ZISlRMe3iu
Keegan Murray is good.#Analysis
The Kings selected Murray from Iowa with their fourth overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, and he was considered one of the best forwards in that year’s class. Based on his league debut this summer, it’s clear that Sacramento has found a franchise player to build on going forward.
Sacramento’s 2021 second-round pick Neemias Queta also had a solid performance, finishing with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Warriors forward Gui Santos was also impressive on his Summer League debut, finishing with 23 points, six rebounds, an assist, three steals and a block in just over 25 minutes. He made seven of 13 shots from the ground and one of four shots from deep.
Santos was praised for going toe-to-toe with Murray.
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
The Warriors took Gui Santos to 55th overall in that last draft. The original plan was to house him next season, maybe in Santa Cruz or somewhere else. Looked offensively fluid and skillful on his debut in the summer league. Here are some of his 20 points in the first three quarters. pic.twitter.com/DucZ5K7o3v
Janie McCauley @Janie McCAP
Gui Santos, Golden State’s 55th pick in last week’s draft and a 6-8 forward from the Novo Basquete Brasil League, has been shining for the Warriors’ Summer League team here at the California Classic: 4 for 6 with 11 points and five rebounds midway through the second quarter.
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Gui Santos tries to impress Stephen Curry. He wants that roster spot. pic.twitter.com/lpFameLkox
The Warriors selected Santos from Brazil with the 55th pick overall in the 2022 draft.
It’s unclear if the Dubs will add Santos to their NBA roster for the 2022-23 season, but he certainly made his presence felt early on. Even if he doesn’t make it to the big club this year, he might at some point in the future.
Payton Willis, who was undrafted from Minnesota, also put on solid play for the Warriors, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.