Kings guard De’Aaron Fox was selected to participate with the U.S. Team in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars during NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBA announced today.
Fox is averaging 11.3 points (.412 FG%, .326 3pt%, .730 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.98 steals, and 27.2 minutes in 49 games (37 starts) in his rookie campaign. The Kentucky product ranks tied for seventh amongst rookies in scoring per game, fifth in assists, and sixth in steals.
Joining Fox on the U.S Team are Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Atlanta Hawks’ Taurean Prince, the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins, the Bulls’ Kris Dunn, the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr.
Fox will compete against World Team participants and fellow Kings guards Buddy Hield (Bahamas) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia). Sacramento will join Philadelphia to have at least three players appearing in the Rising Stars contest.
Prior to 2018, Sacramento has featured 11 players named to play in Rookie or Rising Stars Challenge dating back to 1994, with the most recent being Isaiah Thomas in 2013. Tyreke Evans earned MVP honors of the game as a rookie in 2010.
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Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.
Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.
Special guests included E-40, Paramore and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.
Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.
Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:
Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.
Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016
The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.
He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.
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