De’Aaron Fox admits they are no longer underdogs next season, says Kings have expectations now
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox concedes that their days as underdogs are likely over, as they are now expected to make significant progress in the 2019-20 NBA season.
The Kings were one of the most surprising teams in 2018-19 after finishing ninth in the Western Conference with a 39-43 record. Fox told Jason Jones of The Athletic that winning games last season was surprising for most fans because there were no expectations from them.
However, after how they performed last year, the 21-year-old point guard said that it will be different next season. He added that with the moves they made this summer, there is more pressure on them to compete night in and night out and contend for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference.
The Kings kept Harrison Barnes and signed Trevor Ariza, Cory Joseph and Dewayne Dedmon in free agency.
“I think it’s a little bit different because last year there weren’t many expectations, so we were winning games and it was surprising people,” Fox said. ” Now with the way our roster is filled out, we kind of got the things that we needed and if we come out guns blazing the way we did last year, I don’t think it will be as surprising.”
Fox will also carry a bigger load on his shoulders after coming off a strong sophomore season. In 81 games, the former Kentucky standout averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 assists on top of 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. It was a big jump from his averages of 11.6 points and 4.4 assists during his rookie campaign.