De’Aaron Fox: All-Star Team Isn’t Out Of The Question In 2020
Being an NBA All-Star is a huge feather in the cap for any professional athlete. The Sacramento Kings have only had one player, DeMarcus Cousins,(three times) since 2004-05 make the team. De’Aaron Fox will look to add to that total next season. He’s the heart and soul of the surging Kings. The point guard will take his rightful spot as one of the league’s best sooner rather than later.
Fox has improved mightily during his second season in the NBA. There’s been considerable talk of him being considered for Most Improved Player. A lot of fans and analysts outside of Sacramento believe Fox had a chance at the All-Star game in 2019. If the turnaround next year is anything like it was this year, he’s a lock for 2020.
Taking his scoring average up 5.7 points ( 11.6 to 17.3), assists totals increasing by 3 (4.4 to 7.3) was just the beginning for Fox. Coming out of Kentucky, most thought Lonzo Ball was the better of the two in the 2017 NBA Draft. That ship seems to have sailed. Fox has been one of the NBA’s best young guards.
To make the All-Star team in 2019, a lot will need to go right for Fox. The West is full of elite backcourt stars. Beating out the likes of Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Klay Thompson, and Donovan Mitchell won’t be easy. Still, Fox is right on the track. A lot of the aforementioned stars didn’t make it their first two years in the league.
Not every superstar is an instant All-Star.
It took Steph Curry four years to make the team. Klay didn’t make the game until year three. Harden wasn’t an All-Star until his third year. Point is, De’Aaron Fox isn’t behind the 8-ball. Making it in year three would be a big accomplishment and he’s still on pace with the other elite guards.
It’s pretty understandable that Fox won’t get the fan votes early on. Sacramento isn’t a huge market. He’ll need to work his way up for that. What Fox can obtain is the player and coach voting. It seems he’s well liked in NBA circles.
There are other Kings that could be deserving of a spot on the All-Star team next season. Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley both will have cases. Seeing as it’s Fox who’s running the offense, he’ll get the nod. To top it off, Fox is one of the league’s most exciting players. He’s a one-man fastbreak. The highlight plays are what could make him a household name.
It’s not too late for De’Aaron Fox to evolve his game. If he continues to improve and lakes strides next year like he did last year, we could be looking at him making the team a yearly tradition. The Sacramento Kings need a superstar. Fox is that guy, and as a result, the All-Star team isn’t far away.