After an over-achieving season for the Sacramento Kings, finishing 48-34 and getting the three-seed in the Western Conference, the Kings were expected to be represented well in the All-NBA teams. For the first time since 2004 with Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic, the Kings had two All-Stars in De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. This translated over to them both being selected for All-NBA third team.
De’Aaron Fox, averaging 25 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game, won the first-ever Clutch Player of the Year this season. It was no surprise to see the All-Star guard receive these honors. Being a clear top-five point guard throughout the season, all Kings fans, and hopefully now the rest of the NBA, appreciate how valuable Fox was to the team and how well he performed no matter the circumstance.
Domantas Sabonis averaged 19.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. Sabonis also shot a career-high field goal percentage of 61.5%, with an impressive 37.3% from three-point percentage. In his first full season as a King, Sabonis showed his value after a controversial trade that sent Tyrese Haliburton to the Indiana Pacers in the middle of last season. Sabonis is the best Kings center since Demarcus Cousins and has already shown how well he can hold down the paint for this team.
De’Aaron Fox joins NBA 75th Anniversary Team member Damian Lillard on the All-NBA 3rd Team backcourt. The forwards on the All-NBA 3rd team are future Hall of Famer LeBron James and New York Knicks’ Julius Randle, as Domantas Sabonis fills out the center spot. Fox and Sabonis had fantastic seasons and were recognized for them with All-NBA honors.