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Kemba Walker challenges De’Aaron Fox to ‘take it to a whole other level’ next season

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Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is challenging Sacramento Kings youngster De’Aaron Fox to “take it to a whole other level” next season.

Fox has been showing signs of All-Star potential for Team USA. Walker believes the Kings’ floor general is only going to get better as he gets older and stronger.

“It takes time, man,” Walker said, via Jason Jones of The Athletic. “The league is so hard, it’s tough. Especially transitioning from college to the NBA and he’s a one-and-done kid, it’s tough. I thought he adjusted pretty fast. I thought he had a pretty solid rookie year but the next year he came in and he played great. I thought his leadership picked up.

“This year, take it to a whole other level. I think especially doing this USA basketball stuff is going to make it even better”

De’Aaron Fox is primed to use this Team USA experience as a springboard for a dominant 2019-20 NBA season. The Kings can’t wait to see Fox lead the franchise next season. In rugged Western Conference, it’s doubtful Sacramento can make the playoffs, but maybe if Fox makes a bigger leap than expected, the Kings can shock the world and end their long playoff drought.

Last season, Fox averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. The lefty shot 45.8 percent overall, 37.1 percent from the 3-point line and 72.7 percent from the charity stripe.

As long as it’s not against the Celtics, Kemba Walker is looking forward to seeing Fox and the young Kings make some noise next season.