CVV NEWS l March 13, 2023
Sacramento Kings forward-center Domantas Sabonis has been named Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a perfect 3-0 record for games played between March 6 and March 12, the NBA announced today. Sabonis accrued averages of 20.0 points (57.9 FG%), 10.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.0 steals throughout the week on his way to his fourth career Player of the Week award.
Sabonis becomes the fourth player in franchise history to receive multiple Player of the Week accolades in a single season after he was one of two players to post 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per contest over the previous week. In that span, he ranked tied for ninth in rebounds per game and tied for 11th in total rebounds (32) while finishing tied for 13th in both assists per outing and total assists (25).
In Sacramento’s win vs. New Orleans on March 6, Sabonis notched a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to go with a block and steal. He followed that performance with 24 points, 13 boards and 10 assists for a second consecutive triple-double in a 122-117 win over New York on March 9. The outing marked the second time this season he has had a triple-double in two straight games. Sabonis was one of two players with multiple triple-doubles over the course of last week and is just the third player this season with multiple triple-double streaks.
In his seventh season in the NBA, Sabonis is averaging 19.0 points (61.4 FG%, 36.6 3pt%, 76.3 FT%), 12.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 34.5 minutes per game in 64 games (64 starts). He is currently on pace to become the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Sabonis leads the NBA in rebounds per game, total rebounds (786) and double-doubles (53) while ranking third in triple-doubles (9), 12th in assists per game, eighth in total assists (447), 10th in field goal percentage, second in win shares (10.0) and third in offensive win shares (7.6).
Sacramento Kings Spotlight Women’s Empowerment Month Presented by Cintron and SMUD
CVV NEWS l March 8, 2023
Franchise to Honor International Women’s Day with Rejuvenating Event for Female Team Members
Organization to Support Local Women-Focused and Run Nonprofits with Day of Volunteering
Throughout the Month, Female Team Member Contributions will be Highlighted
Today, on International Women’s Day, the Sacramento Kings announced month-long activations designed to honor, uplift and recognize the many contributions of women within the Sacramento community and the Kings and River Cats organizations.
“The Kings are committed to promoting, supporting and developing women within the organization and beyond,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “Our goal is to mentor, empower and inspire women and young girls, to ensure they see that they have a voice and know they have a place in any industry.”
“SMUD is proud to partner with the Sacramento Kings and Cintron to celebrate Women’s Empowerment Month,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau. “Together we are supporting local organizations in our community who work to empower and create positive change for women and girls.”
Today, the organization will honor International Women’s Day and recognize powerful and inspiring female Kings and River Cats employees with a yoga and meditation event at The Space Studios. The event will focus on health and wellness and allow female team members to center, relax and reflect.
On March 11, the organization will host an all-girls Jr. Kings clinic to encourage female participation in basketball.
On March 13, the Kings will host the fifth installment of Team Up for Change with a half-day summit at Golden 1 Center focused on highlighting the contributions of women leaders working in the social justice movement. The day will include dynamic conversations featuring NBA and team leadership, changemakers, and entertainers.
As the team takes on the Milwaukee Bucks that evening, the franchise will host Women’s Empowerment Night. The game will feature Tinsley Murray performing the national anthem and American rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur MC Lyte at halftime. The Rind, a locally female-owned restaurant will be featured in-game as the Kings Pop-Up Kitchen with a mac and cheese fusion dish. Additionally, the team will present a Community Impact Award to a local female leader.
The team will participate in women-focused initiatives as part of Team Up for Change Week of Action from March 13 to 17. On March 14, Kings female team members will meet with young women at the Youth Detention Facility to connect, inspire and motivate. On March 15, the organization will unveil its 11th ROOT Garden in partnership with Raley’s at Mather Veteran Village, encouraging healthy eating and changing the way people interact with food by providing access to fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs. On March 16, female team members will volunteer at local women-focused and run nonprofit organizations that provide vital care and resources to the communities they serve. These nonprofits include WEAVE, St. John’s Women’s Shelter and Wellspring Women’s Center. Then, on March 17, the team will debut The Huddle, a dynamic conversation between Kings Assistant Coach Lindsey Harding and a young changemaker working toward addressing social justice issues.
As the team takes on the Boston Celtics on March 21, female team members will participate in a Fastbreak Mentoring: In-Game Edition session to share insight with young women from Black Youth Leadership Project. During the mentorship opportunity, the youth will learn firsthand what goes into the different aspects of an NBA game.
Throughout the month, the Kings will highlight local female-owned businesses on the team’s social platforms and debut a content series presented by Cintron, featuring the story and contributions of female team members in various departments including, media relations, social responsibility, event management and more.
De’Aaron Fox Named Western Conference Player of the Week
CVV News l November 21, 2022
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a perfect 3-0 record for games played between November 14 and November 20, the NBA announced today. Fox averaged 25.0 points, (60.0 FG%, 41.7 3PT%, 88.9 FT%), 3.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists throughout the week.
Fox earns the honor of Western Conference Player of the Week for the third time in his career and the first time during the 2022-23 season. He is the third player in franchise history to earn three or more Player of the Week awards, only trailing Chris Webber (7) and DeMarcus Cousins (5).
The Kings currently hold a six-game winning streak for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Throughout the undefeated stretch, Fox has amassed averages of 24.0 points (57.7 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 81.5 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 31.7 minutes per game. In total, the former Kentucky Wildcat made 56 field goals, tied for seventh in the Association and fourth among all guards, and scored 147 points which ranked 12th in the NBA during every player’s last six games.
In Sunday’s victory vs. the Detroit Pistons, Fox tallied 33 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, marking his fifth 30-point game this season and making him the seventh player in franchise history with five or more 30-point outings through the team’s first 15 games. Additionally, he tallied seven assists, four rebounds and shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
The six-year guard is currently averaging 25.4 points (55.8 FG%, 38.2 3PT%, 84.5 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.2 minutes per game while starting 14 games for the Kings this season.
Kings rookie Keegan Murray named MVP of NBA 2K23 Summer League
FDR Media-Posted: July 18, 2022
Sacramento Kings guard Keegan Murray was one of the more consistent performers in the NBA 2K23 Summer League in Las Vegas and his efforts did not go unnoticed.
The NBA announced today that Murray has been named MVP of the Summer League after averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 50% overall and 40% on 3-pointers in four games in Las Vegas.
In addition to being named Summer League MVP, Murray heads up the NBA 2K23 All-Summer League First Team. That group also includes Tari Eason (Houston Rockets), Quentin Grimes (New York Knicks), Sandro Mamukelashvili (Milwaukee Bucks) and Cam Thomas (Brooklyn Nets). Eason was the No. 17 pick in the 2022 Draft, while Grimes, Mamukelashvili and Thomas are all second-year NBA players.
Kings Sign Keegan Murray
FDR Media-Posted: July 2, 2022
The Sacramento Kings have signed rookie forward Keegan Murray to a contract, according to General Manager Monte McNair. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Keegan is an incredibly versatile, well-rounded player with a high basketball IQ,” said McNair. “He will be a tremendous asset to our team and we are excited to welcome him to the Kings family.”
The fourth overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft garnered averages of 23.5 points (.554 FG%, .398 3PT%, .747 FT%), 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 31.9 minutes per game in 35 games (all starts) during his sophomore season at Iowa (2021-22). Murray led the Hawkeyes to a NCAA Tournament appearance, while earning All-Big Ten first-team honors (2021-22).
A 6-8, 215-pound forward, Murray earned consensus All-American first-team honors (2021-22), Karl Malone Power Forward of the year (2021-22), Finalist for the 2021-22 Wooden award and Naismith Trophy, and was the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2022).
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native set the Big Ten Tournament scoring record with 103 points in four games and was the second player in Division I history to amass at least 800 points, 60 blocks and 60 three-pointers in a season.