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Stockton Kings Announce 2019-20 Training Camp Roster

Stockton, Calif. – Today, the Stockton Kings – the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings – announced their 17-man training camp roster for the 2019-20 season.

The roster is comprised of returning players as well as those acquired through the Stockton Kings open tryouts process and Saturday’s NBA G League Draft.  

Sacramento Kings two-way players Kyle Guy and DaQuan Jefferies will join Stockton’s training camp.

Below is the complete 2019-20 training camp roster (listed in alphabetical order according to last name):

David CrispG6-019009/27/96Washington/USADraft Pick
Cody DempsG6-419312/02/93Sacramento State/USAReturning
TyQuane GoardF6-721003/01/93Marshall/USADraft Pick
Marcus GravesG6-118706/09/96Sacramento State/USADraft Pick
Derrick GriffinC6-723009/03/93Texas Southern/USATrade
Eric MikaC6-1023305/01/1995Brigham Young/USAAffiliate
Bradley NairnF6-621507/08/1996Henderson State/USALocal tryout
Randy OnwuasorG6-321005/09/95Louisiana State/USALocal tryout
QJ PetersonG6-018510/12/94Virginia Military/USALocal tryout
Isaiah PineiroF6-721502/02/95San Diego/USAAffiliate
Troy ThompsonG6-419012/28/94Praire View A&M/USALocal Tryout
Hollis ThompsonF6-820604/03/91Georgetown/USATrade
Tyler UlisG5-1014901/05/96Kentucky/USAAffiliate
Gabe VincentG6-320006/14/96CSU Santa Barbara/USAReturning
Isaiah WrightG6-218003/11/96San Diego/USADraft Pick
Kyle GuyG6-116708/11/97Virginia/USATwo-Way
DaQuan Jeffries F6-5230     08/30/97Tulsa/USATwo-Way


ASSISTANT COACHES: Phil Ricci, Tyler Gatlin, Kyle Nishimoto 



Training camp for the 2019-20 season begins on Monday, October 28 and the team’s Media Day will take place on Tuesday, October 29 at the Stockton Kings practice facility in Natomas. Media must RSVP to Sabrena Hernandez at

The Stockton Kings tip-off the 2019-20 season on Friday, November 8 against the Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors at Stockton Arena. Tickets are on sale now at or by visiting the Stockton Arena box office. 

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Press Release Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations


STOCKTON, Calif. – 
The Stockton Heat raced out to a 2-0 lead but could not hold on late, ultimately dropping a 3-2 decision after a marathon shootout against Bakersfield Friday night at Stockton Arena. Dillon Dube netted his first goal of the season for the Heat in the first period, a shorthanded strike, before Glenn Gawdin potted the home team’s second goal of the game during the second period. Bakersfield answered before the second intermission, cutting the Heat lead in half with 4:10 remaining in the period, then tied the game in the third. After a scoreless overtime, the Condors prevailed in an 11-round shootout four goals to three. 

Photo by Shawn Jonas
Photo by Shawn Jonas


W: Stuart Skinner (27 shots, 25 saves)

SOL: Jon Gillies (20 shots, 18 saves)

Photo by Shawn Jonas
Photo by Shawn Jonas


Three Stars: First – Colby Cave (1a, SOG), Second – Glenn Gawdin (1g), Third – Stuart Skinner (25 svs)

Final Shots: STK – 27, BAK – 20

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, BAK – 0-4

Dillon Dube’s shorthanded goal in the first period was his first goal of the year. It was Stockton’s second shorthanded tally of the season.

Glenn Gawdin netted his second goal of the season during the second period of play, giving him six points (2g,4a) in Stockton’s last five games.

– The game was Stockton’s first that went beyond regulation.

– Stockton is now 1-1-0-1 on the year against Bakersfield, 4-0 against all other teams.

– The result snaps a two-game win streak for the Heat and a two-game losing skid for the Condors. Stockton maintains a three-game point streak.


The Heat face off against Bakersfield once again Saturday night, the back end of a weekend home-and-home. Stockton returns to home ice on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. against the San Jose Barracuda

Marvin Bagley III Medical Update

SACRAMENTO, CA – An MRI conducted this morning on Kings forward Marvin Bagley III revealed a non-displaced fracture (right thumb) sustained during Wednesday’s game vs. Phoenix. Bagley is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.

The second year 234 lb. 6-11 Forward out of Duke had earned a starting role in 2019. The Kings had high hope for Bagley coming into the 2019 season after he missed 20-game his rookie year due to injury.

Marvin Bagley III


POS: Forward

HT: 6-11

WT: 234

DOB: 3/14/99

College: Duke

Years: 2

Drafted: 2018

2nd overall – Sacramento

  • Born Marvin Bagley III on Mar. 14, 1999
  • Son of Marvin Bagley Jr. and Tracy Bagley
  • As a native of Durham, N.C. his father played college football at North Carolina A&T
  • Has two brothers, Marcus and Martray
  • Loves to write and record music
  • Played one season of high school basketball with the 2018 No. 1 pick, Deandre Ayton during 2015-16
  • While living in Los Angeles, he volunteered at Hoops with Hear, a non-profit benefitting underprivileged youth.

Suns Blow by Kings In Season Opener 124-95

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Three Point %34.533.3
Free Throw %65.483.3
Offensive Rebounds129
Defensive Rebounds3535
Total Turnovers2714
Points Off Turnovers356
Fast Break Points1127
Points in Paint3468
Technical Fouls11
Flagrant Fouls00
Largest Lead1132
Dedmon 141–30–11–1156110233
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Barnes 305–111–31–30661014312
Hield 3110–196–122–22352005228
Fox 273–70–12–4011500558
Holmes 170–20–01–2145010131
Joseph 213–60–14–40114113210
Ferrell 41–21–20–0011000003
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Bogdanovic 221–100–30–0022200122
Ayton 339–140–00–038110410218
Saric 212–71–42–2044011017
Oubre Jr. 308–171–64–42791212121
Booker 3210–172–40–102210013522
Rubio 304–120–23–424611044211
Johnson 00–00–00–0000000000
Johnson 174–82–40–00222122110
Carter 184–73–50–00113101511
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Diallo 20–00–02–2000000022
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Lecque 00–00–00–0000000000

Sacramento Kings Sign Buddy Hield to Contract Extension

The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Buddy Hield to a multi-year contract extension, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Buddy has made tremendous growth each season since joining the team and we are thrilled that he will remain a King as we continue to build an exciting future here in Sacramento,” said Divac. “He has quickly established himself as an elite shooter in the league and is an important part of our young, dynamic core.”

Hield is entering his fourth season in the NBA and has accrued averages of 14.9 points (.446 FG%, .419 3pt%, .874 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 26.8 minutes per game in 244 games (149 starts) with the New Orleans Pelicans (2016-17) and the Sacramento Kings (2016-current). The sixth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Pelicans amassed 20.7 points (.458 FG%, .427 3pt%, .886 FT%), 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 31.9 minutes per game as he played all 82 games (all starts) during the 2018-19 campaign for the Kings. Hield set career-highs in points, rebounds and assists per game as well as free-throw percentage.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard also set a Kings single-season franchise record for 3-pointers made in 2018-19 with 278 made threes and is one of five players in NBA history with 275 or more 3-point field goals made in a single season. Hield was fourth in the NBA during the 2018-19 season in 3-point field goals made (278) and seventh in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.427%) while the Bahamian native participated in the 2019 Mtn Dew 3-Point Contest in Charlotte, NC as part of All-Star Saturday Night festivities.

In Kings annals, Hield ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage (.429), fourth in 3-pointers made (513) and third in free-throw percentage among franchise leaders.

Sacramento River Cats finish 2019 season as Triple-A National Champions

Sacramento becomes the first team to win Triple-A Championship three times

Memphis, TN — The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A National Champions after shutting out the International League Champion Columbus Clippers by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Behind a stellar outing from left-hander, and eventual Most Valuable Player Caleb Baragar, the River Cats became the first franchise to take home their third Triple-A National Championship.

Baragar was nothing short of magnificent for a second straight time this postseason, compiling a combined 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, and dominating the Clippers’ offense over his five frames on Tuesday night. Baragar gave up just two hits while fanning five batters to earn MVP honors.

The River Cats jumped on the Clippers early, knocking out Columbus starter Kyle Dowdy in the first inning and tagging the right-hander for three runs. Francisco Peña delivered an RBI-groundout, then a couple batters later Jacob Heyward delivered a two-RBI single to right field. 

Peter Maris would add a solo blast in the sixth inning to expand the lead to four. The swing of the bat was his second home run of this postseason. Levi Michael and Abiatal Avelino would finish the night with three hits apiece to pace the Sacramento offense from the top of the order.

The Sacramento bullpen was nearly perfect on their way to the first shutout of the playoffs from the River Cats. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto delivered two perfect innings while striking out four. Flamethrowing righty Melvin Adon contributed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit to start the ninth. Then lefty Steven Okert would come on to induce a double play and strikeout the final batter to clinch the Championship for the River Cats.

The Sacramento River Cats finished off their 2019 regular season with a 73-67 record – the first winning record since becoming a San Francisco Giants’ affiliate in 2015. The club won their first Pacific Northern division title since 2012, and became the first Giants Triple-A club to win their division since 1998. The River Cats went on defeat to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators in five games, then the Round Rock Express in a sweep to claim their first Pacific Coast League crown since 2008. In a year in which 85 players appeared Sacramento, the River Cats 20th season came to an end on September 17 with a Triple-A National Championship.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats sweep Express to capture PCL Championship

Franchise’s fifth title sends club to Triple-A National Championship Game against Columbus

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats are headed to Memphis. A three-run eighth inning, fueled by three consecutive walks and a clutch hit from shortstop Abiatal Avelino, paved the way for a 7-5 victory and a sweep of the Round Rock Express to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The title is the franchise’s fifth in its 20-year history, and first since 2008.

The River Cats and Express went back and forth in the first three innings, with Sacramento twice answering Round Rock’s run with two of their own in the next half inning. The contest entered the bottom of the seventh still knotted up at four when Drew Ferguson’s solo shot gave the Express a slim lead.

But it was a slew of singles and walks for the River Cats on Friday night, who managed to score seven runs without the aid of any extra-base hits. After drawing three straight walks in the eighth inning, Avelino’s soft liner ricocheted off pitcher Ralph Garza’s glove and scooted past a diving second baseman into right field as two runs scored. Mike Gerber’s groundout plated an insurance run before Enderson Franco would emerge once again from the bullpen, this time for an impressive five-out save.

Memphis, Tenn. will be the setting for Tuesday night’s Triple-A National Championship matchup between the River Cats and the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. It will be the third appearance for Sacramento, and fourth for Columbus. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the ballgame. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on FS1. Or listen to all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Adames lifts Sacramento River Cats over Express in game two

Sacramento one win away from capturing PCL Championship

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (2-0) are on the brink of clinching their first Pacific Coast League Championship since 2008 with a 4-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (0-2) on Wednesday night.

Infielder Cristhian Adames broke a scoreless tie with an RBI-double in the third inning, then launched a solo home run over the center field fence as part of a three-run sixth inning for Sacramento. The eventual winning runs were plated on a bloop single from outfielder Jacob Heyward.

Right-hander Chase Johnson pitched well again for the River Cats, going five or more innings for the second consecutive outing. He struck out four and allowed just one run, making it nine strikeouts and three earned runs in 10 postseason innings for a 2.53 ERA.

Following an off day, right-hander Carlos Navas (1-0, 0.00) will be on the mound for the River Cats as they look to sweep Round Rock and advance to the Triple-A National Championship Game. The Express will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (0-1, 4.76). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Avelino provides walk-off as Sacramento River Cats take Game 1

Pena’s two-run blast sparks River Cats comeback

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) played a roller coaster ballgame in game one of the PCL Championship Series, with shortstop Abiatal Avelino giving them an 8-7 walk-off win over the Round Rock Express (0-1).

It was a wild opening game to this Championship Series, as the lead changed hands seven different times at Raley Field on Tuesday night. Designated hitter Francisco Peña led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, while outfielder Jacob Heyward picked up a double, a single, and knocked in two runs. 

Round Rock would get to the River Cats bullpen in the middle innings, as righties Ricardo Pinto and Sam Wolff combined to allow three runs, giving the Express a 6-5 lead in the eighth. With one on and one away in the eighth, however, Pena would deliver a clutch two-run shot down the left field line to give Sacramento a 7-6 lead. 

The stage was set for a Sacramento walk-off after lefty Steven Okert surrendered a solo blast in the ninth to tie the game at seven. Then, with two outs and catcher Ronnie Freeman at second, Abiatal Avelino would deliver the victorious hit, doubling home Freeman to give the River Cats with a huge game one win.

Sacramento will look to take a commanding two games to none lead with right-hander Chase Johnson (1-2, 7.65) getting the ball on Wednesday night. Round Rock will turn to righty Brandon Bielak (8-4, 4.41).  First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats take on Round Rock for PCL Championship

Sacramento wins seventh conference title, Championship Series begins tonight at Raley Field

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats punched their ticket to the next round of the 2019 Triple-A postseason on Sunday, defeating the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) in a decisive game five of the Pacific Conference Playoff. The series win earned the River Cats an incredible seventh conference title, and the club will now take on the Round Rock Express (Houston Astros) in a best-of-five, Pacific Coast League Championship Series beginning Tuesday, September 10 at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

The River Cats have now reached the PCL Championship Series seven times in their 20-year history, which includes four PCL titles (2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008). With this year’s appearance, the club is back in the Championship Series for the first time since 2011 when they lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Going back further, the last time a San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A team claimed a PCL Championship was in 1977 (Phoenix Giants). The Express will be making their third appearance in the Championship Series, and first since 2015. They have not won a league title in their franchise’s 20-year history.

Championship baseball has returned to Raley Field, and fans will once again have the opportunity to experience the excitement when the PCL Championship Series gets under way with Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 in West Sacramento. Both games have a scheduled first pitch of 6:35 p.m., and will feature a final round of fan-favorite promotions Toyota Family Value Tuesday ($1 hot dogs!) and Wet Nose Wednesday (bring your dog!). The series will shift to Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX for Game 3 on Friday, September 13. Games 4 and 5 this weekend (if necessary) will also be hosted by the Express.

The winner of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series will face off with the winner of the International League Governors’ Cup Finals between the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) and the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) in the 14th annual Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, September 17 at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN.

Tickets are still available for the final two River Cats games of 2019 and can be purchased online at or by visiting the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field. Fans with questions regarding tickets are encouraged to call (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email,

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations