De’Aaron Fox balled out tonight, posting his first double-double of the season on 7/12 shooting to go with four rebounds, one steal and a block. Through three games this season, Fox is averaging 20.3 points and 7.7 assists on a stellar 50.0 percent from the field. As noted by Sactown Royalty’s Tim Maxwell, only four players were able to match those numbers through all of last season: Westbrook, John Wall, LeBron James and James Harden. Safe to say Fox is on the right track.
Iman Shumpert had one of the best games of his career tonight after receiving his first start of the season. In 30 minutes of play, Shumpert poured in 26 points (16 in the first quarter) on 9/13 (4/7 3PT, 4/5 FT) shooting to go with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Despite many Kings fans and writers calling for Shumpert to a small or no place in the rotation (including myself) Shumpert proved us all wrong, at least for tonight.
Offense was plentiful in this one with the Kings starters combining for 90 points and 22 assists. It was an all-around strong performance from this team and that’s with the teams 6th leading scorer, Frank Mason III, getting a DNP-Coaches Decision.
The Kings rookies were again impactful, albeit in limited minutes tonight. Neither Bagley (24 mins) or Harry Giles (17 mins) saw more than 25 minutes on the floor but they scored 13 points and eight points, respectively. Bagley also added seven rebounds and a steal, while Giles contributed six rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks.
Head Coach Dave Joerger’s rotation continues to change based on matchups and game flow, playing 11 players tonight with nine playing more than 15 minutes in this one. Things should settle down once Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) returns from injury, but for now it’s a mess.