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How Kings' up-tempo style could elevate De'Aaron Fox to All-Star level

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How Kings' up-tempo style could elevate De'Aaron Fox to All-Star level

The last NBA All-Star representing the Sacramento Kings was DeMarcus Cousins in 2016-17.

De’Aaron Fox has a chance to end the Kings’ All-Star drought this season, as the floor general had the fourth-most assists in the NBA last season and will lead an offense that constantly will be pushing the tempo under new head coach Luke Walton.

“[Fox’s] agent has said he wants to see him average 23, 24 points per game this season,” NBC Sports California's James Ham said Tuesday on NBC Sports' NBA Season Tip-Off Show. “If he can do that, average nine or 10 assists, he’s right there in the superstar conversation.”

The re-signing of Buddy Hield only can bode well for Fox’s chances of being named an All-Star, as Sacramento’s offense features a litany of 3-point shooters. Hield ranked second in the NBA in 3-point accuracy 2018-19, making 42.7 percent of his shots from long-range.

“They have a very good opportunity to make the playoffs this season,” Ham said of Sacramento.

[RELATED: Buddy, Kings happy to end contract drama before season]

While they may not be near the top of the incredibly-talented Western Conference, there is no doubt the Kings will be a fun team to watch this season, no matter how many games they end up winning.

You can see the full Kings segment from the “NBA Season Tipoff” show in the clip above.

NBA admits missed traveling late in Kings' 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

NBA admits missed traveling late in Kings' 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

Again?

For the third time in a month, the NBA admitted the Kings were victims of an incorrect call late in a loss.

With 1:10 remaining in overtime and the Kings and Spurs tied 102-102 on Friday night, San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan started to drive into the lane. According to the NBA's Last Two Minute Report, which was released Saturday, DeRozen should be been called for a travel when he came to a stop.

Upon further review, it appears DeRozen's feet slide when he lands after a jump-stop. No call was made and 13 seconds later, Patty Mills was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt.

"DeRozan (SAS) gathers the ball and comes to a stop on two feet, and then slides both feet forward prior to releasing the pass," the league wrote.

Mills only made one of three free throws, but in reality, he never should have gotten three free throws. The Kings should have been granted possession with the game tied and 70 seconds left on the clock.

Instead, San Antonio took a one-point lead and went on to win 105-104.

On Nov. 26, the NBA announced that refs missed a traveling call on Boston's Marcus Smart, who would hit the game-winning shot.

Just 10 days before that, the NBA admitted that refs missed a foul call on LeBron James late in the Kings' 99-97 loss to the Lakers.

[RELATED: Marvin Bagley upgraded to questionable]

At a certain point, the NBA needs to hold its refs accountable, right? How many calls do they have to blow before someone is disciplined?

But if the refs are going to continue to miss calls, maybe one or two can go the Kings' way.

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Kings' Marvin Bagley upgraded to questionable, hopes to return 'soon'

Kings' Marvin Bagley upgraded to questionable, hopes to return 'soon'

The Kings will get second-year big man Marvin Bagley soon.

Sacramento just isn't sure exactly when.

But Bagley, who was cleared for contact earlier in the week, was upgraded to questionable Saturday, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The Kings face MVP candidate Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday.

After practice on Saturday, Bagley told The Athletic's Jason Jones that he doesn't feel the need to play against Doncic, the player he was drafted before and will forever be compared to.

"I’m going in the right direction, I’m almost there," Bagley told Jones. "It’s around the corner for me, I think it’s around the corner. It’s hard to say when, but I’ll be back soon."

Bagley suffered a fractured right thumb in the Kings' season-opening loss to the Suns and has missed 20 games because of the injury.

[RELATED: Hield struggles, Holmes impresses vs. Spurs]

The Kings are in desperate need of Bagley's scoring. After winning seven of 10 games to bring their record to 7-8, the Kings have lost five of their last six and currently sit at 8-13.

The imminent return of Bagley and the looming return of De'Aaron Fox will be a welcome sight for the Kings.