Sacramento Kings: Top 5 Moments Of The Decade

Sacramento Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox(Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) /

#3. Fox’s Putback In Miami

De’Aaron Fox’s rookie season was mediocre at best. While he struggled to find his place in an extremely slow-paced offense, he was able to showcase some of his strengths.

One of those strengths was his clutch gene. Fox hit multiple lead-changing or game-winning shots throughout his rookie campaign, none more exciting than his putback dunk against the Miami Heat on January 25th, 2018.

The Kings were in the middle of another tough season, and came into Miami with a 15-33 record. Fox scored just 14 points in the game, but his last two were the difference in the ball game.

The Kings were down 88-87 with 21 seconds remaining and possession of the ball. An isolation play was called for Bogdan Bogdanovic, who dribbled into an off-balance, fadeaway jumper with five seconds left on the clock. The ball bounced twice off of the rim.

Meanwhile, Fox was in a full sprint and crashing from the wing. He skied over Goran Dragic and slammed the Bogdanovic miss home, giving the Kings a one-point lead with three seconds left to play.

It was the first highlight reel play of Fox’s career, and it couldn’t have been cleaner. He was able to show off his leaping ability, and was in the air for so long that it seemed as though he double-pumped mid-flight.

The play was not only electrifying, but it was the first big moment for the player who the Kings were hoping was the one to finally turn their franchise around.