The Sacramento Kings did not leave the FedExForum tonight with a win, but they did get another extraordinary performance from one of their young players.
Although the Sacramento Kings fell to the Memphis Grizzlies tonight by a score of 112-104, there is at least one positive note to take away from the game: De’Aaron Fox is still balling.
Fox has been awesome so far in his sophomore campaign as he has anchored this year’s Kings team to success. Prior to tonight’s contest, Fox was averaging around 19 points, seven assists, and four rebounds per game while shooting over 50% from the floor and 44% from the perimeter. He also had a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 19.49 which is well above the league average.
The 20-year old point guard entered tonight’s contest with great numbers, and they will surely increase due to his recent performance.
The Fox Against The Grizzlies
I mentioned in the game recap that the Kings were clearly outmatched by the Grizzlies tonight. But with that said, the game remained close until the very end.
Fox was the main reason why the game was competitive. He did what he could on the offensive end to make sure he and his teammates were getting into a rhythm. As a result, Fox was able to score 23 points while dishing out 10 assists. He also was pesky against Mike Conley on the defensive end as at times he covered him up like a blanket.
Thank Goodness For De’Aaron Fox
There was no doubt that De’Aaron Fox was the Kings’ best player tonight and the person who almost single-handily kept his team within striking distance of actually winning the game.
Going into this season, it was unknown how Fox would perform after having a so-so rookie year, but fortunately for the Kings and their fans, he is developing into the point guard and leader that the Kings have been clamoring for in years.