When the Sacramento Kings were rolling through their schedule and moved above the .500 mark at 12-11, there was a legitimate chance for De'Aaron Fox to earn a spot in the the 2020-21 All-Star Game.
With the team once again falling on hard times, Fox has been left off the roster.
The NBA announced the reserves Tuesday afternoon, and Fox was not among the seven reserves announced from the West.
Shams Charania of The Athletic first revealed the All-Star rosters earlier Tuesday.
Fox is having a breakout season, but the Kings have lost seven straight games and perhaps it was enough to keep the 23-year-old point guard from earning a spot.
Whether Fox thought having an All-Star game was “stupid” or not, it’s an honor to be named to the squad. There is still an outside chance that he can earn a spot as an injury replacement, but there are no guarantees.
On the season, Fox is averaging 22.3 points, 7.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.3 minutes per game for the Kings. He’s shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from 3-point range this season.
Fox was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7, but the Kings haven't won since, with his numbers dwindling during the losing streak.
The Kings haven’t had an All-Star representative since the 2016-17 season when DeMarcus Cousins earned the honor. If there is a 3-point shootout at All-Star weekend, Buddy Hield will likely be invited back to defend his title, although he’s shooting just 36.1 percent from long distance this season.