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Team USA, Kings PG De’Aaron Fox says he’s gotten even faster


Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox already possesses a scary weapon with his burn-rubber end-to-end speed across the hardwood, but the Team USA call-up thinks he might have gotten even faster than last year.

“I think I probably have gotten faster,” said the point guard who will enter his third NBA season, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.

Some have been amazed by the way he blurs around the defense and outpaces most around him, making him a complete game-changer, yet what has impressed his backcourt teammates and likely starter Kemba Walker the most is his improved jump shot.

“What impressed me the most is probably his shooting,” he said. “He has really been knocking it down. That is what is going to take him to that next level.

“Like for myself entering the league, the next step for me was my jump shot. That is what helped me get to the next level. Whenever he consistently gets that, it will be over. It will be over. No question.”

Fox is that rare breed of outstanding physical talent, much like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons — players that fall into that same category: “once he gets a jump shot, it’s over.”

Yet the 21-year-old has already made solid strides to think he might be a lot closer to completion than the two aforementioned. Fox went from shooting 41.2% from the field and 30.7% from 3-point range in his rookie season (marks that were expected as he made his transition into the league) to improving into 45.8% and 37.1% respectively, boosting his scoring average and unlocking other parts of his game.

It seems like Team USA has been the perfect opportunity for young Fox to showcase his improvement and keep developing his skills with a bevy of talent around him.