With five players finishing in double figures and rookie guard Delon Wright dishing out nine assists, the Toronto Raptors got off to a good start Friday on the opening day of the NBA Summer League, defeating the Sacramento Kings 90-68 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Wright, the Raptors' first-round draft pick last month at No. 20 overall, handled his pro debut with little problem. He got his teammates involved early and played good defense. In addition to his nine assists, Wright also scored nine points.
The Kings, who are looking to defend their 2014 Summer League title, have different leadership this time as Mike Malone and his staff were fired in December and ultimately replaced by George Karl. John Welch, who worked with Karl in Denver and recently left the Brooklyn Nets to join him in Sacramento, is coaching the Kings Summer League team. Karl watched the game with guard Ben McLemore.
They didn't have a lot to be happy about. The Raptors, who were led by Norman Powell's team-high 20 points and Bruno Caboclo's 15 points and Ronald Roberts' 14 points and 12 rebounds, were in control early and stayed in command throughout.
Toronto (1-0) led by as many as 20 late in the fourth quarter as the Kings were unable to sustain any kind of offense to get back in it.
Center Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento's first-round pick, had a tough time getting comfortable. He ran hot and cold in his debut, getting a nice block on Gary Talton just before the half while missing a couple of easy layups and getting a shot of his own blocked in the first quarter. Cauley-Stein finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.
The Raptors had to be pleased with the balanced scoring they got. Powell, a second-round pick out of UCLA and one of college basketball's most athletic players while with the Bruins, was able to get himself open and finish at the rim as well as from outside.
Drew Crawford scored 11 points off the bench for Toronto while starting center Lucas Nogueira finished with 10 points.
Sacramento (0-1) was led by James Anderson's 15 points.