Welcome to the new reality in Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox is the star the Kings believed he would become when they drafted him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. And now the league is taking notice.
On Monday afternoon, the 23-year-old point guard was named Western Conference Player of the Week. This is the first award of this type for Fox, but it likely won’t be the last.
The Kings are rolling, and so is Fox. Sacramento posted a 4-0 record for the week of Feb. 1-7, and during that stretch, Fox averaged 31 points and 8.8 assists in 38 minutes per game. During the four games, Fox shot 54.7 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from 3-point range.
Fox took a tremendous leap forward in his production during the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, but now he’s backing it up on a regular basis. More importantly, he’s learning how to finish games, which is why the Kings currently sit at 12-11 on the season and have won seven of their previous eight games.
Known as one of the fastest players in the NBA, Fox is turning his potential into production. He’s averaging a career-best 23 points per game on the season to go with 6.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
Fresh off a 36-point, seven-assist performance in the Kings’ win over the Clippers on Sunday, Fox has posted 20 points or more in 17 of the team’s 23 games this season.
Fox is the second Kings player to receive NBA recognition this season. Tyrese Haliburton was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December and January when the award was announced last week.
This is the first Western Conference Player of the Week award for the Kings since January 2017 when DeMarcus Cousins took home the award.