By Drew Packham, NBA.com
The first day of Summer League action in Las Vegas closed out a marathon day of hoops (Just ask Lang Whitaker, who was a trooper and blogged the whole thing for NBA.com). We got our first look at several lottery picks, including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals to help the Bobcats blow out the Kings 121-87 in the nightcap. Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker was an animated backcourt for the Bobcats, bringing a lot of energy, laughing and clapping throughout the game. (This is what winning feels like, Kemba.)
Rookie of the day: Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets. The Rockets’ 2011 draft night acquisition scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his first action with the team. Motiejunas was aggressive and showed off his shooting touch, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.
Non-rookie of the day: Klay Thompson, who came on in the second half of the season, scored 24 points to lead Golden State’s 90-50 dismantling of the Lakers. The second-year guard out of Washington State was 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and showed why the Warriors were willing to deal Monta Ellis to the Bucks last season.
Stat of the day: 0-for-8. Jimmer Fredette‘s 3-point shooting in the Kings’ 121-87 loss to the Bobcats. He was 2-for-11 overall and had five fouls and generally looked deflated and lethargic throughout the game. Jimmer needs to pick things up if he wants to be a viable part of the Kings’ future.
Coming up: Four games Saturday, beginning with the Grizzlies and Knicks making their Summer League debuts at 4 p.m. ET. Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets play their first game in Las Vegas, against the Warriors, at 6 ET, followed by Lakers-Kings at 8 and Rockets-Wizards at 10.