Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox Is Taking Giant Strides To Greatness
The 2017 NBA Draft class has been full of potential NBA superstars. One name that’s been tearing it up this season is Sacramento Kings point guard, De’Aaron Fox. Most outside of Sacramento are not aware of how good he’s been thus far. Things are about to change drastically.
The Kentucky Wildcats are known for producing NBA talent. Coach, John Calipari, has mastered the one and done concept in college basketball. Fox was one of the less heralded players to get drafted out of the school, despite being taken with the 5th pick in 2017.
Fox wasn’t the superstar that players like John Wall, Anthony Davis, or Karl-Anthony Towns were in college. It’s quite shocking to say the least, as Kentucky went 32-6 during his only year at the school. They made it to the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament.
Fox wasn’t as exuberant as the other drafted Kentucky players. Wall, Davis, and Towns carried themselves in a different way. Fox made plenty of highlight reels in college, yet, he never acted like the best player on the court for the Wildcats.
Whatever the case may be for Fox, he’s become one of the NBA’s best young point guards. At only 20 years of age, Fox is the cornerstone for the Sacramento Kings franchise. Building a roster with a stud PG is the best way to go about building a roster, especially for the Kings who were in a rebuild mode. It’s just astonishing how far Fox has come in just one year.
With a rookie season average of 11.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds, Fox wasn’t anywhere close to winning rookie of the year. He took that as motivation. This year he’s averaging 17.7 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. These numbers are outstanding for any point guard, let alone one that’s only in his second year.
Memphis Grizzlies All-Star point guard, Mike Conley had some high praise for Fox. When speaking to Sactown Royalty, he had the following to say about the 2nd year point guard,
“He’s going to be great. Obviously, he’s got all of the tools – athleticism, he can defend, he’s an unselfish player, his shot is getting better as he gets older, so the sky is limit for him.”
Coming from such a respected and talented NBA point guard as Conley, Fox has the support and respect of coaches and opponents. All of the work Fox put in this off-season has paid off. Sacramento Kings head coach, Dave Joerger, has already called Fox the “franchise guy” to media. Needless to say, the coach is impressed by what he’s seen this season.
There will be casual NBA fans that never know who De’Aaron Fox is. While he’s not a superstar yet, his play in the early parts of the 2018-19 season might get him a bit more notoriety among fans outside of Sacramento. Maybe Fox is the one to bring the Kings back to the glory days.
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