In a previous post, we talked about Fox as a potential Sacramento Kings draft target. However, it was not elaborated upon how well these two would actually work out together. De’Aaron Fox to Sacramento is about as perfect a fit as you can get for both sides involved.
For Fox himself, he goes to a place where he wins the starting point guard job easily. Both of the Kings point guards Ty Lawson and Darren Collison are free agents and unlikely to return to the team in the later stages of their career. De’Aaron has also states that he is good friends with Cauley-Stein and considered Sacramento as a potential landing spot before the lottery, where the Kings landed the 5th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
The Kings would land a young and explosive point guard to lead the team in the future. Sacramento needs a young backcourt partner to pair with sharpshooting two-guard Buddy Hield. Fox is a willing passer who would distribute the ball to Buddy, along with Willie Cauley-Stein, and Skal Labissiere.
But what is it about De’Aaron Fox that makes him such an intriguing prospect? He has many aspects of his game that make him a top-tier player in this year’s draft. From his athleticism, to his defense, his ability to take over games is incredible.
As a freshman at Kentucky, Fox put up 16.7 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game on 48% shooting from the field. He wasn’t asked to be the main scorer on the team, so he stuck with his role of orchestrating the offense and playing an all-around game.
Fox’s athleticism was on full display at Kentucky. He is a natural athlete who is able to jump out of the gym. His quickness and speed on the court is reminiscent of John Wall’s days at Kentucky. Just like Wall, Fox struggled with his shooting at Kentucky. Fox can develop and improve upon his jumper in the NBA, but you can never teach athleticism. His athleticism also helps him be able to defend and stay in front of any player he is up against. Fox had to play against top-tier competition last year, and took advantage of it. He showed his ability to guard any player he was up against, including UCLA star Lonzo Ball.
In addition to his defense and athleticism, he had the ability to take over games. Against UCLA this year on the biggest stage, he put up 39 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists on 13-20 shooting. Earlier in the year against UNC, Fox had a game of 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 10 assists. Those games were against some of the best guards in the nation in Lonzo Ball and Joel Berry, as well. His ability to dominate these types of games against great competition is something every team wants when looking for a star point guard. In the video below, DraftExpress takes a look at how Fox was able to dominate against UCLA in the Sweet 16.
Although he does lack shooting, Fox makes up for it with lightning quick speed, and ability to do everything else for a team. He can still develop a solid jumper, but don’t look for him to every become a great sharpshooter in the league. Fox was still able to become a top-5 NBA prospect while not being able to shoot at Kentucky, which speaks volume about the rest of his game.
This is the type of player Sacramento needs. Fox brings a new vibe to Sacramento. A player who gets up and down the court at a different gear than everybody else. Getting drafted 5th overall by the Kings just makes perfect sense, too much sense. It’s not often that these things happen, and Sacramento needs to hope and pray that Fox is available there are 5 for them to take.