As a rookie last season, former Kentucky star De’Aaron Fox took a while to find his groove as a starting point guard in the NBA. His first year in Sacramento, Fox averaged a less-than-stellar 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 27 minutes per game. He had his moments, but shot selection, turnovers, and struggles with his jumper limited his overall production and development.
Fast forward to year two, and the speedy point guard has already seen a massive spike in success with the Kings.
Fox is currently averaging 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and just over one steal per game. His overall shooting numbers have improved, as well, jumping from 41 percent from the field and 30 percent from three last season to 47 percent overall and 38 percent from beyond the arc.
Following his most recent performance against the Golden State Warriors, NBA superstar Kevin Durant had extremely high praise for the former Wildcat, saying he’s a franchise-changer.
“You hand the ball over to De’Aaron Fox, and he’ll change your franchise,” he said. “That’s the kind of player he is. He’s a no nonsense type of player and he’s going to play for his teammates.”
Listen to the full comments below:
"You hand the ball over to De'Aaron Fox he'll change your franchise." pic.twitter.com/Xd8KVWhAiZ
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) November 25, 2018
Not too shabby for a kid who can’t even legally drink alcohol yet.
Here are his highlights up to this point in the season, featuring some absolutely disgusting dunks in transition:
If only Lonzo Ball would stop hiding from Fox so we could find out once again who the best point guard prospect is in the class of 2017…