The newly sophomore player De’Aaron Fox has a lot of pressure coming his way during this season. Being the former first-round pick, the point guard of the Kings’ future, and the likely franchise player, he needs to perform consistently well for Sacramento’s rebuild to become a success.
In order for Fox to have a good sophomore campaign, he needs to improve on a few aspects of his game. These aspects are running the offense efficiently, shooting the ball well, and becoming a better defender.
When watching Fox play against the Suns, two of the three goals listed above were noticeable in my eyes. When the Kings were on offense, Fox did what he could to make sure his team was increasing the energy. As a result, the Kings were able at times to get easy baskets and create momentum simply by increasing the pace of the game. And Fox being the facilitator, deserves a lot of credit for that happening.
Another part of Fox’s game that I saw improvement on was his man-to-man defense. During times of the game, Fox would give the Suns’ guards fits as his athleticism and length disrupted their rhythm.
It is only one game, but Fox’s performance against the Suns gives hope that he can become a reliable asset for Sacramento on both ends of the court going forward. For the game, Fox finished with 12 points, five assists, and three rebounds while shooting 50% (5-10) from the court.