Sacramento player of the decade makes his case for Kings’ final roster spot

Sacramento Kings 2021 Free Agency Cap Space (Photo by Ben Green/Getty Images)
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After a dominant performance Friday, following up his trend from the Kings’ California Classic games, Sacramento Bee’s high school player of the decade for the 2010s Jordan Ford has officially made his case for the Kings’ final point guard spot.

Sacramento’s point guard roles are currently filled by the reigning Clutch Player of the Year De’Aaron Fox and defensive maestro Davion Mitchell. With the third spot up for grabs, Ford, who grew up in Folsom, is playing like someone who should fill that role.

Ford had 20 points in Friday’s summer league victory in Las Vegas, where the Kings topped the Atlanta Hawks 80-76 to improve their summer league win streak to three games. Ford’s final stat line was 20 points (14 of which came in the second half), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Ford also shot 57.1% from the field and 40% from three.

Ford took over in the fourth quarter, and with his dominant performance as well as a double-double from 7-foot center Neemias Queta, the Kings pulled out a victory in a tight game.

Twitter seems to think Ford should fill this final point guard spot as well, with many fans tweeting out their support:

Ford, 25, went undrafted in 2020. After three years of bouncing around the G League and international teams, it may finally be his chance to make it to the league – especially if he keeps performing the way he is.

The Kings have one more two-way roster spot after signing Keon Ellis and Jalen Slawson to two of the three available slots (the new CBA allows for a third two-way spot, bringing the regular season roster total maximum to 18). While the Kings work to finalize their roster for the 2023-24 NBA season, we may see Ford take this final spot, or be signed straight to the team, allowing Queta and others to compete for the final two-way.

One thing is for sure – Sacramento fans want to see the hometown kid get some NBA minutes next season.