De’Aaron Fox is taking his game to new heights. He’s taking the Kings along for the ride. But is he an All-Star in the loaded Western Conference?
Kings announcer Mark Jones has been screaming from the mountain tops that he believes that Fox is an All-Star and on Wednesday morning, the 23-year-old point guard picked up another vote of confidence from a Hall of Famer.
Magic Johnson knows point guards. The NBA legend spent his entire career dominating the league from the lead guard spot, although he was also part of the Lakers management team that selected Lonzo Ball over Fox during the 2017 NBA Draft.
Fox was clear that he doesn’t think the All-Star game should happen during the coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t accept the invite.
In his fourth NBA season, Fox is averaging a career-best 23.4 points to go with 6.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He’s led the Kings to a .500 record through the first 24 games of the season and his latest stretch of games was impressive.
The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week is averaging 28.9 points and 8.4 assists per game over his last 11 contests. He’s posted 30 or more points five times during the stretch, including a career-high 43 against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 17.
More importantly, the Kings are 7-4 in the last 11 games, and 7-2 in their last nine.
Whether Fox can make it out of a crowded Western Conference grouping of guards is a huge question. He’s aided by the fact that Russell Westbrook and James Harden have moved to the Eastern Conference and Klay Thompson’s injury opens up another potential spot.
Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic are leading the fan voting and are shoe-ins for a selection. Damian Lillard is as well and with the Utah Jazz leading the West, Donovan Mitchell is more than likely getting an invite.
Fox did not receive enough votes to show up in the top 10 of the fan voting when the first results were released, but that shouldn’t matter. He’ll have to beat out players like Chris Paul, Devin Booker and CJ McCollum to earn a spot.