Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox is ready to become an elite point guard

NBA Sacramento Kings De'Aaron Fox(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NBA Sacramento Kings De'Aaron Fox(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

After an impressive sophomore season, De’Aaron Fox is ready to become an elite point guard for the Sacramento Kings in 2019-20

Coming out of Kentucky, De’Aaron Fox was known for his elite speed. There were some concerns about his overall offensive game, including his streaky shooting, but if there was something that Fox could hang his hat on it was his speed.

It was that speed that made him the fifth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, by the Sacramento Kings.

Even though his athletic ability was rare, there were question marks on if Fox’s game could become well rounded enough to be an elite-level point guard in the NBA. I believe Fox, through the first two seasons of his career, has answered that question with a resounding yes.

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Fox worked hard in the offseason following his rookie year to improve his questionable jump shot. Even though he hasn’t become a premier shooter, he has proven himself to be a very capable one from the perimeter and must be respected.

Fox went from averaging 11 points on 41 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent shooting from 3-point range during his rookie season to logging 17 points on 46 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range this past season.

The former Wildcat has already shown the ability to get to the basket at will, so adding a jump shot has given him the ability to score at multiple levels. Including being a one-man fastbreak when he’s in the open floor.

Fox is as close to a polished point guard as you’d want from a player in his second season. He has the tools that puts him in a rare class for a point guard, even considering that he’s not close to being a finished product.

Becoming a team leader

Sacramento was one of the most improved teams in the NBA last season thanks to De’Aaron Fox, going from 27- 55 during the 2017-18 season to 39-43 last season, barely missing the playoffs. The Kings were one of the most impressive teams in the league, and are still getting better.

With Fox leading the way, the Kings are poised to break out this season and are a real threat to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

The Western Conference is deep in perimeter all-stars with names like Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard among others, however, I do believe Fox can have his name put among them. This season is a massive one for the young Sacramento star, one in which he could elevate himself to a whole new level.

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Not only are the Sacramento Kings a dark horse threat to make the playoffs in the Western Conference this season, but keep a close eye on De’Aaron Fox, too, as he is primed to vault himself among the NBA elites.