After suffering a bad loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, it became even more evident that the Sacramento Kings were missing the presence of point guard De’Aaron Fox.
The former Kentucky Wildcat has been sidelined the last nine games due to a sprained ankle he endured during a practice session on Nov. 11. According to an update provided by the team on Tuesday, Fox is still a few weeks away from making his return.
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Fox has already made his way back on to the floor, participating in on-court and non-contact activities, but he has yet to get into 5-on-5 drills. The Kings also said in the press release that Fox will not travel on the team’s upcoming four-game road trip and that he’ll be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.
If Monday’s 113-106 loss to Chicago was any indication of how Sacramento is going to play moving forward, then they need Fox back in the worst type of way.
The 0-5 start for the Kings this season following an unexpected 39-43 finish a year ago has been well-documented. What hasn’t been nearly as publicized is the recovery effort the team has made to keep themselves afloat.
Sacramento is 8-6 since then and 5-5 since losing Fox. While the schedule hasn’t been kind to them by any means, including recent road losses to Celtics and 76ers in back-to-back games, the backup guards have not been sufficient.
Yogi Ferrell went from hardly playing to averaging nearly 17 minutes per game since Fox’s injury. The former Indiana guard is posting six points and 2.1 assists in those 10 games, but that doesn’t even cover a third of Fox’s production. Taking over Fox’s role as the starter has been veteran Cory Joseph, who is averaging a putrid 4.3 points on 30 percent shooting in over 31 minutes per outing. While he makes his living on the defensive end and also by dishing out 5.3 dimes per game since Fox’s leave of absence, he was more of a liability than anything against the Bulls.
If Fox is to be re-evaluated in two weeks, that would mark seven games away. Three weeks would cause him to miss at least 11 games. During that stretch, the Kings will encounter two separate four-game road trips.
The Kings miss Fox and so do I.