Reason #4: De’Aaron Fox will continue to improve
Last summer, De’Aaron Fox started to work relentlessly on his three-point shot and free throws, and the work has already paid off. Compared to the 2021-22 season, his three-point percentage went from 29.7 percent to 32.4 percent with an uptick in volume, and his free throw percentage went from 75 percent to 78 percent.
Likewise, his scoring went up to 25 points a game, and he shot a career-high 51.2 percent on field goals. Fox thrives in the new offense with Sabonis, who takes over a lot of playmaking responsibilities, and the idea of long-term success is a motivation to always keep working.
Besides his shooting, Fox also worked on his defense. While he still has plenty of room for improvement here, it was obvious how hard he worked to stick with opponents, get steals or blocks, and collect loose balls.
Coach Brown is a big part of that. He holds everyone accountable, especially his stars, and Fox has been very receptive. It is easy for a star to take time off on the defensive end, but if the Kings want to have continued success, Fox alongside the rest of the team will have to keep working.
Fox is already putting up All-Star numbers, but he could still be a more complete player. If last season is any indication, he will continue to improve on both ends of the floor, and it will make the Kings better as well. Right now, Sacramento basketball goes as far as Fox takes it.