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Lakers vs. Kings Summer League Preview: California Classic Opening Game

Lakers vs. Kings Summer League Preview: California Classic Opening Game

Lakers vs. Kings Summer League Preview: California Classic Opening Game

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After months of waiting, Los Angeles Lakers basketball officially returns when the team kicks off Summer League action with the San Francisco Lakers Classic at Chase Center on Saturday afternoon.

The biggest draw on this year’s Summer League roster is Bronny James, who was selected with the 55th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Bronny has already had to deal with his fair share of criticism and pressure due to his relationship with LeBron James, but he has kept his head held high and said he isn’t worried about any of the outside noise.

In addition to Bronny, No. 17 overall pick Dalton Knecht will also be on the court for Los Angeles and will also have a lot to prove after falling short of winning the lottery. Knecht was considered one of the most NBA-ready prospects in his draft class and has a clear path to get his professional career off to a good start.

The first game of the California Classic will also be a good opportunity for Maxwell Lewis to prove his worth as a long-term piece for the franchise. Lewis only played minutes in blowout situations during the 2023-24 season, but he had an impressive year with the South Bay Lakers. Lewis has what it takes to be a 3-and-D player and could earn a longer roster spot if he shines in the Summer League.

Another intriguing name to keep an eye on is Colin Castleton, who was arguably the most impressive player on the court during last year’s Summer League games. Castleton, like Lewis, spent most of his time in the South Bay, but he showed off his two-way game and offensive versatility. He’s expected to be a big part of the Lakers’ Summer League team this year.

Lastly, Los Angeles will also have its pair of rookie forwards on two-way contracts making their debuts: Armel Traore and Blake Hinson. Traore is an athletic specimen who can’t shoot from the outside, while Hinson is the opposite, as he was a sharpshooter in college who was happy to let the ball fly.

On the other side of the court, the Kings will have Ahmad Caver, D’Moi Hodge and Xavier Sneed available.

Los Angeles Lakers (0-0) vs. Sacramento Kings (0-0)

1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time), July 6, 2024
Chase Center, San Francisco, California
Television: ESPN
Radio: 710 AM ESPN LA

Lakers projected starting lineup:

PG: Bronny James
SG: Dalton Knecht
SF: Maxwell Lewis
PF: Armel Traroré
C: Colin Castleton

Key Reserves: Blake Hinson, Mohamed Diarra, Sean East II, Quincy Olivari

Kings projected starting lineup:

PG: Ahmad Caver
SG: It’s me Hodge
SF: Xavier Snead
PF: Hason neighborhood
C: Fardaws Aimaq

Key Reserves: Adonis Arms, Antoine Davis, Jordan Ford

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