De'Aaron Fox Rumors

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De'Aaron Fox
De'Aaron Fox
Position: G
Born: 12/20/97
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $5,470,920
But it’s Hield, who earned a starting role this season after spending much of last year as an increasingly efficient performer off the bench, who has put up some impressive numbers with the same abandon he uses to hoist up shots. “No player in NBA history,” wrote Sactown Royalty’s Tim Maxwell on Twitter, “has averaged 18+ PPG while shooting better than 43% on 5+ 3PA per game in their first 3 seasons. Only 11 players have done that in any season in history. Buddy Hield is currently averaging 18.8 points while shooting 45% on 5.7 3PA attempts per game.” The Kings’ fast, transition-based offense is well-suited for Hield, who has the haunches and the gait of a guy who spent many years running track; according to NBA Advanced Stats, both he and Fox cover, on average, about two and a half miles per game, putting them among the top 16 players in the league in the category. “He’s definitely one of the best guys in the league with movement off the ball,” says Fox. “He shoots so well, so he doesn’t need to stand in one spot. He scores in a variety of ways.”
Durant complimented multiple young players on the Kings’ roster, but he pointed to De’Aaron Fox’s development first. “If you hand the ball over to De’Aaron Fox, he will change your franchise,” Durant said. “That is the type of player he is, no-nonsense, come to work type of player. He is going to play for his teammates. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but you can tell he dictates the pace and he made Quinn (Cook) work all night.” “They got a nice team,” Durant added. “They just young right now, but they are going to be really good in the future.”
This is still a roster with little margin for error. Not much has worked for the Kings outside of lineups with Fox, Cauley-Stein, Hield, and Bjelica. All four have net ratings higher than plus-8.0. No one else in their rotation has a positive net rating. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has been out since the start of the season recovering from offseason knee surgery, will likely be asked to stabilize their bench units when he returns later this month. However, even with Bogdanovic, the Kings will have a tough time holding on to a playoff spot. They are ninth in the Western Conference in net rating (plus-0.3), and the three teams directly behind them are the Lakers (minus-0.8), Pelicans (minus-1.8), and Rockets (minus-5.3)—all of whom have the star power to make up ground quickly.