Video: Kings’ De’Aaron Fox blows by Mavs’ Maxi Kleber and flies in for the dunk
Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has diversified his offensive arsenal since arriving in the league and he showcased one of those improved talents during Thursday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks — driving the lane and throwing home a one-handed jam.
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With shot attempts such as that, it’s no wonder that Fox has been feeling it from the floor during the month of March, shooting 50.7 percent overall across 10 games, on pace for his best mark of the year.
Fox wrapped up Thursday’s win with 15 points, but also fulfilled his traditional point guard duties by dishing out nine assists. Another new talent that he showed off was his shot blocking ability, collecting four blocks across his 33 minutes, a new season high (and ties his career high).
There has been a significant second-year jump for Fox after averaging 11.6 points and 4.4 assists across 73 games as a rookie. Now tabbed as the full-time starter of a squad that has flirted with a playoff appearance in the Western Conference, he has seen those numbers bumped up to 17.6 points and 7.2 assists per game this season, all while playing tenacious defense and pitching in 1.6 steals on a nightly basis.
Sacramento selected Fox with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Kentucky and have seemingly found their point guard of the future after years of trying out other options that didn’t seem to stick. Through their first 71 games, he has led the Kings to a tie for the fourth-most points per game (114.1) of any Western Conference team.