This past Monday (October 8) night in National Basketball Association (NBA) preseason action, third year guard Chavanno ‘Buddy’ Hield and 2018 number one overall Draft Pick, Deandre Ayton, each led the charge in their teams’ preseason victories.
The Sacramento Kings took on Israeli Basketball Club, Maccabi Haifa and came away with a 132-100 victory. The 6’4” Eight Mile Rock native, poured in a game-high 22-points on a very efficient nine-for-11 shooting from the field. Hield also made good on all four of his three-point attempts from the arc, while adding five rebounds and two steals.
The Kings’ offence was barely out of sync against the Israeli club, as six other Kings’ players scored in double figures. Forward Justin Jackson added 18 points in the winning effort, while fellow forward Harry Giles III added 16 points and seven rebounds.
‘Big Man’ Willie Cauley-Stein and guard Frank Mason III, each, chipped in with 13 points. Cauley-Stein finished with a near triple-double, having totaled eight rebounds while dishing out seven assists. Mason also shared the ball around with eight assists on the night. The Kings got 12 points out of Nemanja Bjelica and rookie forward Marvin Bagley.
As for the Phoenix Suns, Ayton and company visited the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Suns left the Oracle Arena as the victors by a final score of 117-109. The 7’1” rookie centre stuffed the stats sheet, leading the Suns to victory with 18 points on seven-for-11 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds.
Ayton also dished out two assists, came away with two steals and one block. Forward Ryan Anderson also added 18 points on six-for-10 shooting (four-for-seven from three-point range). He also grabbed five boards in the win. Veteran forward Trevor Ariza chipped in with 17 points, four assists and three steals.
Warriors’ shooting guard Klay Thompson was inactive for the contest. The Warriors were led by Steph Curry, who finished with 23 points. Two-time finals’ Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant, finished with 12 points, five boards and five assists on the night.
The Suns will take the court once again tonight, October 10 when they take on the Portland Trailblazers at 10:00 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). The Kings resume action this coming Thursday against the Utah Jazz at 10:00 p.m. (EST).