Kings’ De’Aaron Fox out at least 3-4 weeks with left ankle sprain
After a stupendous sophomore season, De’Aaron Fox was expected to be a key determining factor in helping bring the Sacramento Kings back to relevancy after being a punchline for years.
Instead, Sacramento has under performed to start the 2019-20 season, and De’Aaron Fox will now be out for at least 3-4 weeks after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain, which is a fairly severe one.
MRI confirms De'Aaron Fox suffered a left ankle sprain at the end of practice. He will be reevaluated in 3-4 weeks.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) November 12, 2019
In 2018-19, the Kings were far from a walk-over, as Fox, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic all seemingly took leaps in the early goings of their young careers. They played fast — No. 1 in the NBA in pace — and they looked quite strong on offense with that young core – as well as the additions of a stretch four in Nemanja Bjelica and a springy rookie big man in Marvin Bagley III.
Now, with a new coach in Luke Walton, the Kings were widely expected to be a similar kind of irritant this season, but the team started out quite poorly – losing their first 5 games before coming back and winning the next three of four.
However, with Fox now out for a while – joining his teammate Bagley – where will the Kings go at the point guard position?
Beyond Fox, the Kings have Cory Joseph, who has been manning the backup one minutes for most of the season, and then Yogi Ferrell, who was the team’s backup last season. However, neither of those players will bring the kind of dynamism and athleticism on both ends that Fox employs.
Also, the team’s trademark is almost all due to Fox’s style of play, so it will be interesting to see how they play without him. Either way, let’s hope he gets healthy soon.