Michael Pina thinks De’Aaron Fox could contend for an MVP in years to come

Jan 4, 2024, 12:16 PM

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings dribbling the ball looks to drive towards the basket agains...

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 03: De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings dribbling the ball looks to drive towards the basket against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center on January 03, 2024 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Michael Pina, senior staff NBA writer for The Ringer, joined The Drive Guys Wednesday afternoon to discuss his recent piece titled, ‘Eight NBA Players Who Are Leveling Up This Season,’ which features one Sacramento Kings player as the first name listed: De’Aaron Fox.

The trio starts their conversation with an open-ended question for Pina. Where has De’Aaron Fox taken the most significant leap throughout the 2023-24 season?

He quickly responded with his three-point shooting. Fox is currently averaging 8.7 three-point attempts per game and converting 39.0 percent of said looks.

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We’ll see how much all this sustains over the next few months, but so long as Fox’s volume and the accuracy behind the arc are what they’ve been, Sacramento has a real superstar who can be the best player on a championship contender. He’s now scoring 30 points per game with the fourth-highest usage rate in the entire league. This should be a much bigger story than it is.

Pina shared that if De’Aaron Fox keeps this up, he believes Sacramento’s guard could work his way into NBA MVP conversations in years to come. So, why does Fox seem to not get much national attention yet?

They dove into that and much more throughout their conversation on Wednesday.

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When is the next Sacramento Kings game?

Sacramento’s four-game homestand will continue on Friday night when the new-look Toronto Raptors come to town.

Toronto recently acquired forward RJ Barrett and guard Immanuel Quickly from the New York Knicks in return for two-way star OG Anunoby in a move that has given the Raptors a new young core to build around.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Raptors coverage, beginning at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 7:00 PM PST tip-off from Golden 1 Center.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Friday, January 5th – Sacramento Kings vs. Toronto Raptors – 7:00 PM PST
  • Sunday, January 7th – Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 3:00 PM PST
  • Tuesday, January 9th – Sacramento Kings @ Detroit Pistons – 4:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday, January 10th – Sacramento Kings @ Charlotte Hornets – 4:00 PM PST
  • Friday, January 12th – Sacramento Kings @ Philadelphia 76ers – 4:30 PM PST

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