Eric Moreland made the most of his summer-league opportunity last year.

His defense and hustle made him a favorite of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who worked out with the summer-league team.

It also made Moreland a favorite of the coaching staff and front office. The forward/center was impressive enough that he was invited to training camp and made the final Kings roster.

But after shoulder surgery in January and two coaching changes since he made his good impression, he is out to prove he deserves to be a King next season.

“I’ve had two, three coaches so I’ve got to start all over again and show these guys I’m working hard and that I’m out here trying to win,” Moreland said. “I’m glad they got a good chance to see me, and hopefully I’ll impress them more in summer league."

Moreland’s ability to run, block shots and be a multiple-effort defender stood out last summer. But while Moreland was on the mend, the front office now run by Vlade Divac drafted Willie Cauley-Stein, who essentially was selected because he does the same things Moreland does well.

Moreland said he’s not focused on what that means for this season. He’s focused on doing what he does best, providing a spark with his energy.

Moreland had seven points and a game-high nine rebounds in the Kings’ 83-67 summer-league loss to Golden State on Wednesday at Thomas & Mack Center.