De'Aaron Fox faces stiff competition to be named an NBA All-Star reserve for the first time.

Even if the Kings' sophomore guard doesn't receive that acknowledgment, he'll still participate at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Friday that Fox is expected to participate in the All-Star Skills Challenge next month.

Fox is in the midst of a breakout season in which he's averaging 17.4 points and 7.3 assists per game for the surprising Kings, who look to improve to 25-24 when their road trip continues in Memphis.

The Skills Challenge features eight competitors racing through a timed course that tests their ball-handling, passing and shooting skills. Mavericks rookie phenom Luka Doncic also will participate, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Given that Fox shoots a high percentage, is a proficient passer and perhaps the fastest player in the entire league, one would imagine he'll be among the betting favorites for that particular event.


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He'll likely have some of his Sacramento teammates there to cheer him on, too.

A source close to the Kings told NBC Sports California's James Ham that Buddy Hield likely will receive an invitation to the 3-point contest and that Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III all are virtual shoo-ins for the Rising Stars Challenge, which features the top rookie and sophomore players in the NBA.

All-Star acknowledgments tend to coincide with on-court success, and the Kings -- both individually and as a team -- deserve recognition for the leaps they've made so far this season.