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Gregg Popovich says De’Aaron Fox wanting to be in Team USA camp one of the reasons why he was invited


Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has quickly become a key member of Team USA’s roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. While Fox’s talent level certainly earned him a spot on the squad, his willingness to be present for the looming international event also played a role in his recent surge.

“He has incredible speed, and I’m thinking and hoping that people have a hard time staying in front of him,” said San Antonio Spurs and Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich, via the Kings’ official website. “He has a high intelligence level, he shoots it well enough and he wanted to be here. All those things came together in us inviting him.”

Fox has not been shy about wanting to be around Team USA and the aforementioned Popovich either.

“It’s an honor for me to be here,” Fox recently said, via the team’s official website, “and an honor to be able to compete for one of these spots.”

It is not that much of a surprise that Popovich has taken a liking to the up-and-coming signal-caller in Fox. Although only a few years removed from the collegiate level, Fox has had absolutely no trouble assimilating to the NBA game as anyone who has watched a recent Kings game can attest to such a notion. Quick and intelligent on the court, Fox can get end-to-end better than just about any other guard in the league today.

Not only will Fox help Team USA going forward but the upstart Kings as well.