There is no doubt that De’Aaron Fox has been the best player for the Sacramento Kings. Throughout the first three preseason games, the sophomore point guard is averaging 12.3 points and five assists per contest while shooting 51.7% (15-29) from the court and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc.
For Fox, a lot of pressure is on him to perform well this season. During the team’s media day festivities, Dave Joerger said that Fox was the Kings’ franchise player and that he will lead the team’s new fast-paced offense to success.
So far, Fox has been successful during preseason play. When on the court, he has increased the tempo of the offense which has led to more opportunities for easy scores. As a result, the Kings have averaged 107.6 points in their last three games. It is a small sample size, but it beats scoring just 98.8 points a night which was the case for them last season.
Not only has Fox been able to excel as a facilitator, but he has also become impactful as a defender as well. Due to his physical tools and aggressive mindset, he has constantly been giving his opponents fits on the defensive end this last week.
After having a so-so rookie season, Fox needs to make a leap of improvement this year. If his recent games are any indication of how he performs during the regular season, I would say he is on the right path to being the Kings’ guy going forward.