Even though it appears the Kings will miss out on the NBA playoffs, there's no doubt this season has been successful.
No one expected them to win more than 25 games this season. But with their win over the Bulls on Sunday, the Kings now are 34-35 and have a legit shot to finish at .500.
In De'Aaron Fox's eyes, the Kings should have more than 34 wins.
"Looking back on this season so far, what do we have, 33 wins? I think we definitely could be close to 40 at this point right now," the point guard told NBC Sports California Kings analyst Doug Christie on the Uninterrupted Road Trippin’ podcast.
Fox and Christie talked about a handful of games the Kings gave away this season. They lost four close games to the Warriors, dropped two overtime games and fell by two points to the Nuggets and the Celtics.
While most people associated with the Kings feel it's a small victory to have exceeded expectations this season, Fox feels differently.
"I think we're growing, but I ain't with the moral victories," Fox told Christie. "But from last year to this year, last year, we probably wouldn't even be in those games. This year, we're in them and gave them away, so now you just gotta take that next step."
Entering Monday, the Kings are six games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot with 13 games to play.
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Fox recently had to be convinced by his friend, Celtics star Jayson Tatum, that the playoffs feel differently.
"You got all these old cats, all the old guys saying, 'Ah, the playoffs are this much, it's night and day, it ain't the same.' It's like 'Yeah, whatever,' " Fox said. "But now that I have a peer that went through it, he's like, 'Man, the playoffs is crazy.' And he went to Game 7 of the conference finals. He's like, 'Man, the playoffs and the regular season are not the same.' "
Soon enough, Fox and the young Kings will get to experience what the postseason is like.
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