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De’Aaron Fox’s trainer says going from a really good player to being a star is ‘the real jump’ for Fox

De'Aaron Fox, Kings

Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox showed last season he’s going to be a really good player in the NBA for the next decade as long as he stays healthy.

Fox put up 11.6 points and 4.4 assists as a rookie with the Kings in 2017-18. Last season, Fox averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists, making that second-year jump Sacramento wanted to see.

So what’s the next step for Fox to take in the NBA? According to his longtime trainer, Chris Gaston, Fox’s next challenge is to become a star for the Kings.

“To me this is the hardest jump,” Gaston said, via Jason Jones of The Athletic. “I’m not going to say it was an easy jump, from the first to the sophomore year but now he can go from being a really good player to being a star. Now that’s the real jump.”

De’Aaron Fox improved his shooting numbers last season. The Kings’ floor general shot 45.8 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from the 3-point line and 72.7 percent from the charity stripe.

The Kings have already given the keys to the offense to Fox, who is wise beyond his years. The lefty withdrew from Team USA to focus on the upcoming season. The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006.

Let’s see if Fox can snap that long playoff drought for Sacramento next season.