Keon Ellis Shines in Summer League Debut
University of Alabama alumnus Keon Ellis made his NBA Summer League debut with the Sacramento Kings this past weekend. The Kings faced the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and the Miami Heat on Sunday.
He was not able to get much done offensively Saturday, missing all five of his shots from the field and knocking down only two-of-four free throw attempts. However, Ellis did notch two assists but unfortunately, that came with two turnovers as well.
But defensively Ellis shined.
The former All-SEC Defensive team selection for the 2021-22 season was a disruptive force for the Kings in his debut, pestering the Warriors all night, gathering three steals and a block, and also bringing down six rebounds.
Sunday night was a slightly different story as Ellis would prove he was more than a one-trick pony in an offensive showcase.
Ellis was six-of-eight from the field and perfect from the free-throw line en route to scoring a game-high 17 points, with 16 coming in the second half. Ellis would also snag six rebounds, an assist, and a block on Sunday night.
Ellis was signed for his defensive versatility and offensive scrappiness and if he continues to put his skills on display the way he did Saturday and Sunday, the Kings will have no regrets about that decision.
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