Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox is one of the shiftiest guards in the entire NBA. Detroit Pistons playmaker dennis smith jr. learned that the hard way on Thursday, as Fox sat him down with a burst of speed to the rim.
Smith didn’t know what hit him (via Hoop Central).
Fox has been one of the few bright spots for the Kings this season, putting up big numbers and carrying his often stagnant team through difficult games. The fourth-year guard is having his most productive season yet, averaging career-highs of 24.6 points and 7.1 assists per game.
The former Kentucky standout has been especially good since the All-Star break. Fox is fifth in the NBA in points per game after the midseason break, dropping 28.3 markers per night. His impressive output has only been eclipsed by Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Kyrie Irving, and Stephen Curry.
Despite Fox’s ascension, the Kings have been very inconsistent. They are in the 12th spot in the Western Conference with a 22-29 record. The Kings sit in the caverns of defensive statistics, most notably in 30th place for defensive rating.
Kings coach Luke Walton will have many questions to answer if their defensive struggles continue, but Fox’s strong offensive plays often make their lack of D easier to forget. De’Aaron Fox will have to continue his stellar play if the Kings have any chance of sneaking into the NBA Playoffs.