3 Players looking to make a name for themselves in Kings training camp

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Jordan Ford, Saint Mary's Gaels, Sacramento Kings
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2. Jordan Ford

The 25-year-old guard went undrafted in 2020 and spent some time in the G League. Originally, he inked a training camp deal with the Kings this summer, but after an impressive Summer League, his contract was converted to a two-way deal. So, even though he cannot appear in more than 50 NBA games and will spend most of his time with the Stockton Kings, Jordan Ford has landed his first NBA contract.

This is his chance to establish himself in the league, and it all starts with making a name for himself in training camp. Ford is playing the long game here. Even though the Kings have no third point guard behind Fox and Mitchell, there will not be many minutes available unless one of the two gets hurt.

Last season, Matthew Dellavedova filled the third point guard spot. He only played in 32 games and averaged 6.7 minutes per game, but his situation was different. The Kings valued his veteran presence and knew exactly what he would bring to the table. Ford, on the other hand, could still surprise.

If he makes the most of every chance he gets to be on the court, he could attract the attention of a team that has developmental minutes in the backcourt available. The real value of his contract, however, is the chance to grow his game in the G League while getting his feet wet in the NBA.

Participating in the Kings’ training camp should be a great experience for Ford, and he can use it as a chance to either show that he can hang with the others or that he has the willingness to work until he gets there.