Kings’ De’Aaron Fox hiring longtime trainer to be his agent
It has been a special season for De’Aaron Fox. The young point guard has made a monstrous leap in his development and is front-runner for the NBA Most Improved Player Award. Not only is he experiencing individual success, but the Sacramento Kings have a real shot to end a 12-season playoff drought due to Fox’s fantastic play.
The budding star made a big career move on Monday by switching agents. Chris Haynes reported that Fox chose to be represented by Chris Gaston, who has long served as his trainer. Gaston will be replacing Happy Walters, who also is the agent for NBA players Marcus Smart and Iman Shumpert.
It appears that Fox credits much of his development to Gaston and has immense faith in him.
So far this season, Fox is averaging 17.2 points, 7.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 threes per game. He has improved his shooting drastically. He is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, compared to last season’s 41.2 percent. He has increased his efficiency from deep by six percent, now shooting 36.7 percent on triples.
De’Aaron Fox is one of only eight players to average at least 15 points and seven rebounds per game this season. With the rest of the list being LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Jrue Holiday, Ben Simmons, and Trae Young, it is safe to say Fox is among elite company.
The Sacramento Kings are currently three games behind the eighth-place San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoff race. If they can work their way into the playoffs, it would speak volumes about Fox’s growth as a player.