Rounding out the top five, the Sacramento Kings have selected De’Aaron Fox, formerly of Kentucky.
Drafting Fox means that the Kings now have a young point guard to build their team around in the future. With the Kings now months removed from trading franchise center DeMarcus Cousins, Fox is another key piece in Sacramento’s ongoing rebuild. The selection of Fox may also signal the end of the road for Ty Lawson’s days as a member of the Sacramento Kings, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
In just one year at Kentucky, Fox averaged 16.7 points 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Fox is also a very explosive guard, which at times made it hard for defenders to stand their ground against him. Also, Fox is a crafty left-handed guard who has the ability to torch defenders and finish inside. The 18-year-old's length allows for him to thread the needle on many passes. In transition, blink once and you’ll miss him. Although De’Aaron Fox has a great basketball IQ, he will need to become better in a pick-and-roll offense, but that will come over time, and the Kings are in no rush.
Lastly, although he scores mostly around the basket, inside, as well as in transition, he will need to work on finding consistency. Fox is very comparable to when DeMar DeRozan came into the league; quick, explosive, and crafty around the rim. All he needs to add a consistent jump shot to his repertoire.
Luckily for Sacramento, they will have the entire summer to fit Fox into their game plan. Adding a point guard who can drive and dish as well as De’Aaron Fox can help Buddy Hield get more open looks next season. The Kings newest point guard’s level of raw talent, as well as potential, are off the charts. It is very possible that the Kings have a future All-Star on their hands.