Game Thread: Bucks/Kings





July 13, 2009 - 9:30 PM CT
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
TV: Stream

Probable starters:

Tyreke Evans
PG Brandon Jennings
Jerel McNeal
SG Jodie Meeks
Omri Casspi
SF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Donte Greene
PF Joe Alexander
Jason Thompson C Amir Johnson


  • Rookie Points.  I'm not sure Tyreke Evans is really a point guard, but the Kings must think so given they're going to pair him with Kevin Martin in their backcourt.  Evans and Brandon jennings both had fairly quiet opening games before breaking out a bit in their second games.  Evans had 25 points (8/19 fg), 10 boards five assists and five turnovers in 35 minutes of the Kings' OT loss Saturday to Golden State, while Jennings of course had 23 (7/18 fg), eight assists, five steals and three turnovers in the Bucks easy win over Cleveland.  Evans' superior size and Jennings quickness would normally make for an interesting matchup, but it's more likely that former Marquette star Jerel McNeal is tasked with defending the Bucks' quicksilver guard.
  • Wisco inferno.  The Kings have started McNeal (7 ppg, 63% fg) the first two games and also feature former Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry.  Though McNeal is the more obvious pro prospect, Landry has stolen his thunder in Vegas with 11 ppg including 6/13 threes in the first two games.  (EDIT: I didn't even realize Wes Matthews was also on the Kings)
  • Stacked.  Having half your rotation in Vegas doesn't bode well for the regular season, but both the Kings and Bucks have pretty stacked summer league rosters.  Having already done the Vegas thing four times, Amir Johnson may sit out tonight and give way to Chris Richard, in which case both teams would be starting four young roster players. 
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