Where were you the night Kyle Guy became the face of the franchise? On Tuesday night, the second-year guard caught fire behind the arc and drained six of his 10 3-point attempts, the last of which beat the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings a 114-113 over the Golden State Warriors.
Even if Guy hadn’t managed the 3-point game, he would have been the story of the night again for the Kings. After an impressive 14-point outing against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Guy scored 20 points in 22:42 and on an effective 7 of 11 shot from the field. He led the Kings in scoring in each of their last two games.
Guy is currently on a two-way contract, but if he continues to show that he can be a great shooter at the NBA level, the Kings would be wise to open up a full-time spot for him later in the season. If they don’t, they’ll still be able to match any offer for him at a Restricted Free Agency, but we saw how difficult the Restricted Free Agency can be last month.
Overall the Kings Guards had a pretty solid night. Their starting short of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield combined for 35 points 12 of 27 in shooting from the field. Meanwhile, Tyrese Haliburton had some fun plays during the brief time he was on the pitch. There is a lot to love about this trio of guards. If Walton can put them in a position to be successful this season, the Kings will be doing very well in that regard this season.
The same can be said of adults. Marvin Bagley III and Hassan Whiteside made their preseason debuts on Tuesday, and while they looked rusty at times, it’s already clear where they’re going to help the Kings this season.
The Kings are now 2-1 in the pre-season. They will return there on Thursday to face the Warriors again. As long as Steph Curry doesn’t look as good as Tuesday, the Kings should be able to end their preseason on a high note.