Louis King delivered a strong performance in the NBA Summer League championship game and the Sacramento Kings ended up winning the title. King finished the game with 21 points to help the Kings beat the Boston Celtics 100-67 and claim their first summer league title since 2014.
King, who went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft, began his career with the Detroit Pistons. "Our transition, that's what started it, our defense and transition points, that's what it came down to," King said, per Associated Press.
"I feel like everything we're doing now, that we're doing all summer, and what we've been doing is just going to translate into our regular-season team. "We've got new guys, new faces, and we just got to trust each other."
King, Davion Mitchell played well for the Kings
Mitchell, who was taken at No. 9 in this past NBA draft, is an extremely talented defender. "We loved what we saw, and that's why we drafted him," Kings head coach Luke Walton said of Mitchell.
"We continue to try to bring a certain player in, and the front office has done a nice job. And you watch Davion play and you see him win a national championship, you get his background and how he competes and how he leads and how he works, and that's why we spent a top-10 pick on him."
Mitchell is determined to help the Kings turn into a good defensive team. "All my life I've played with a chip on my shoulder. I've kind of always been like the underdog, especially coming to Sacramento hearing that they're not a really good defensive team," Mitchell said.
"That kind of just turned me on, like I really want to change the narrative; I want to be a defensive team, because defense wins championships. So yeah, coming into summer league, I tried to show that, and I think I did a really good job of that."
The Kings took a 70-49 lead into the fourth quarter and routinely closed out the game. "I didn't know what to expect out of this game," Kings coach Bobby Jackson said. "I knew it was going to be a really good game, because looking at them on film, they play fast, they shot a lot of 3s.
In my meetings, I always told the guys they haven't run across a defense like us, and if we buy into defending and have each other's backs, the ball is going to fall. It was just an effort on the defensive side of the ball."