Pacific Notes: Murray, Vezenkov, Santos, Leonard


kings first round selection Keegan Murray host a show in the California Classic Summer League on Saturday, writes Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. The No. 4 pick scored 26 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes and drew a raucous reaction from the crowd with his series of moves.

“Of course, my goal was to be the first to win.” said Murray. “I knew this was a big deal for me and just play my game. Don’t do anything out of the ordinary. Don’t do anything that made me uncomfortable. Just stick with what I do best and that’s shots and rebounds so I just stuck with it.

Murray said he wasn’t nervous going into his first game as a pro and was encouraged when he saw his first shot. He ended up shooting 10 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 5 from three-point range, and impressed his coaches and teammates with his efficiency.

“Every time it seems like he’s doing the right thing” Summer League coach Jordi Fernandez said. “He doesn’t force it. He makes it look easy, and as you know, when you see a pro athlete who looks easy, that’s usually a really good pro athlete. Overall I think the kid is very special. What we saw in college, I’m watching right now, and if I have to — well, I can’t bet on that because this is the NBA, but if I could I’d say he’s a very, very, very good NBA -Player.”

There’s more from the Pacific Division:

  • Sasha Vezenkovwhose design rights were acquired in a deal with Cleveland last month, will meet with kings during the Las Vegas Summer League to discuss his future Stavros Barbarousis by Eurohoops. The 26-year-old forward is signed to Olympiacos but has NBA opt-outs this summer and 2023.
  • Gui Santosa second-round selection by the warrioralso had an impressive debut in the Summer League, notes Monte Poole by NBC Sports Bay Area. The 21-year-old swinger from Brazil had 23 points, six rebounds and three steals. “Before the game I was nervous because it’s a different game here.” Said Santos. “I play outside of my country and my family is not here. But once I started playing I gained confidence. As I caught the ball and made the plays, I started to feel better.Golden State Santos is expected to last another year or two abroad.
  • clippers owner Steve Ballmer believes the sky is the limit for his team, especially when Kawhi Leonard can make a full comeback from the torn right ACL that prevented him from playing this season, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.

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