Slovenia won its first European basketball championship on Sunday, defeating Serbia 93-85 in Istanbul behind 35 points by Goran Dragic. Dragic, the Miami Heat guard who was voted MVP of the tournament after the game, watched the final four minutes from the bench due to cramp. With Dragic out, Serbia briefly took the lead at 79-78, and again at 82-80 with 3:37 to go. It went on a 12-0 run, during which guard Klemen Prepelic scored the go-ahead basket, 84-82, with 2:20 to go.
De’Aaron Fox has the hype. Harry Giles has the upside. Bogdan Bogdanovic has the Eurobasket highlight reel. But there’s a very real chance that the best rookie on the Sacramento Kings will be Justin Jackson. The quiet forward from North Carolina won’t enter this season with the most fan fare or the highest expectations, and he may not end up the best rookie beyond this year, but in year one there is nobody set up for success like Jackson. Jackson demonstrated in Summer League was he’s capable of, showing off not just a three point shot, but a mid range game, floaters, and moves at the rim. Jackson won’t be asked to carry the Kings, but the Kings will need him to be active on offense. He’s a capable