The Sacramento Kings Must Play De’Aaron Fox As The Full Time Starter
Are the Sacramento Kings making a mistake leaving De’Aaron Fox out of the starting lineup? The promising rookie has been one of the bright spots for a struggling roster of relatively young stars When will it be time for Fox to take over the full-time starter role?
Fox was a standout at Kentucky. Under John Calipari, he averaged 16.7 points and 4.6 assists during his one season. Fox was a Wooden Award Candidate during the preseason, midseason, and late season. Simply put, he was more than ready to come into the NBA.
On the season, Fox has averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 assists. Those are impressive numbers from a rookie who plays just 26 minutes per game. Compare that to George Hill, who averages 8.5 points, 2.8 assists, and 27 minutes played, and you’ll see Fox has clearly outplayed the veteran.
While Fox has been given two starts in his young NBA career, he struggled to get anything going in those games. Still, his limited playing time doesn’t do him any favors. Other rookies such as Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr., all start for their respective teams. Fox can’t get adjusted to the starters role if he doesn’t play it consistently.
You can’t make the case that defense has kept Fox out of the lineup. George Hill hasn’t been very effective this season in that category either. The Kings are a mess, and defense will be deplorable at just about every position. Perhaps Dave Joerger wants the rookie to earn his playing time, although he’s already done quite a bit to earn that time.
Nobody expects the Sacramento Kings to make the playoffs. They’ve got to see what they have with players such as Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdonavic, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labbissiere, and Fox. Players like George Hill are great for veteran leadership. However, taking minutes and experience away from your future franchise point guard seems like a huge mistake.
Former Kentucky guard, John Wall shared some high praise for Fox, as he told to Blake Ellington of SB Nation Sactown Royalty
“He’s very fast, he’s very athletic, he knows how to play the game. He shoots the ball better than what I did coming in. I think it’s just finding a comfortability to know when to be aggressive and when to find his teammates with a young team.”
De’Aaron Fox has the potential of being something special for the Sacramento Kings. Joerger just needs to give him time. The only occasion where Fox played 30-39 minutes he scored 19 points, grabbed 5 boards, and dished out 4 assists. Those numbers aren’t a fluke. Start Fox and watch him flourish into one of the best young guards in the NBA.[DanielTwitter]