De’aaron Fox has been on one this season and the 6’3 point guard from Kentucky has the Sacramento Kings off to a good start this year. The Kings are currently a half game away from the 8th seed in the west with a 14-12 record. Only time will tell if they will keep up this pace of winning for the rest of season, but for now the Kings are playing competitive and it’s mainly because of Fox.
He’s currently averaging 18 points and 7.5 assists per game this season so far. His rookie year he averaged 11.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. His improvement puts De’aaron at the forefront for the NBA’s most improved player race this year. Swipa the Fox just looks more comfortable on the court in his sophomore campaign. He’s becoming more of a floor general and has the Sacramento Kings in the top half of offensive rating. Fox’s shooting has also improved substantially this season, his rookie year he shot 41% from the field and 30% from three. This season Swipa is averaging 47% from the field and 41% from three; this kid is becoming a problem.
De’aaron Fox has some similarities to Russell Westbrook in some respects on the court. They both have that tenacious competitive nature, we all remember De’aaron Fox tearing up Lonzo Ball and UCLA while dropping 39 points at the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. We even seen him, and Westbrook have some antics earlier this season with the cradle (The Kings won that game by the way). Fox is not as explosive as Westbrook, but he is an explosive athlete in his own right, once he gets a full head of steam look out because Fox can throw it down.
De’aaron has been putting constant pressure on NBA defenses this season, with his ability to finish nifty around the rim it allows him to make opportunities for his teammates. The lefty can change directions and get defenses off balance to take advantage of them. Fox knows his game and he’s just getting smarter with it. This season I’ve seen some passes he’s made that I know he wouldn’t have made last year. Rookies usually focus on proving why they belong in the NBA instead of focusing on the right basketball play. His usage rate is relatively the same from last year, but his production has gone up, another testament to his growth.
Fox has improved this year, but he can be even better he’s only shooting about 70% at the free throw line while getting 5.7 attempts per game. If he wants to improve his game even more, he needs more attempts at the line and need his percentage to be in the 80th percentile. Nonetheless, Fox has Kings fan excited and now he’s leading the pack for the NBA most improved player. Work on your game kids!