The Sacramento Kings nabbed point guard De’Aaron Fox out of the University of Kentucky with the fifth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
In his lone season playing under head coach John Calipari with the Wildcats, Fox totaled impressive averages of 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Most notably, he outplayed No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball in the NCAA Tournament when Kentucky ousted UCLA.
Fox brings athleticism and instant scoring to a Kings team that ranked 24th in scoring and 21st in offensive rating among all 30 NBA teams. Sacramento was 32-50 last season, missing the playoffs for the 11th straight season. The Kings are effectively rebuilding their young roster with the departure of DeMarcus Cousins, who was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the 2016-17 trade deadline.
Fox will join Buddy Hield, the team’s top pick from a season ago, in the backcourt as part of a young nucleus that includes Willie Cauley-Stein and Garrett Temple. With such a guard-heavy lineup, Fox will have to earn playing time early on, but the 6-foot-3 Houston native should be primed to take a prominent role as soon as he dons a Kings jersey.
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