Stockton Seizing Opportunity
The Kings Summer League squad got off to a rocky start last Thursday, falling to the Toronto Raptors 88-47.
Shortly after, a familiar face in the Kings organization got a call.
“I’m sitting at home, working out, getting ready for the upcoming season and I get a call as I’m watching the Summer League game,” David Stockton told Kings.com. “They said, ‘could you come down,’ and obviously any time I get a chance to play I think that you have to take that opportunity. “
Stockton played three games with the Kings during the 2014-15 season and played for the team’s D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns during the 2015-16 campaign where he averaged 17.9 points, 7.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 45 games. During his time with the team, the former Gonzaga guard also tied the D-League record for assists with 22.
The son of legendary point guard John Stockton knows what it takes to win and knows his role on this particular Summer League squad. Not only does he want to assist on the court, but off it as well.
“I think my skills are to help bring guys like Skal [Labissiere] along and help find ways to make Malachi [Richardson] better,” he said. “Just being a point guard, that’s my job, to make sure it runs a little bit smoother.”
Despite not participating in Mini-Camp, his presence on the team has already been felt. In the Kings second Summer League game against the Houston Rockets, Stockton led the team with five assists. In the third contest against New Orleans, No. 30 again led the team with four assists.
“We’re taking care of each other defensively and caring about each other. Talking is the most important part and everything else works for itself,” he concluded.