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.
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox plans to participate in the Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 25, 2019
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.
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.