Sacramento Kings first-round pick De’Aaron Fox is averaging 26.3 minutes per game thus far in his rookie season and it may be hurting his progression in the NBA.
He was one of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA draft and he is averaging less minutes than many prospects that were drafted behind him.
It’s not as if the Sacramento Kings are NBA finals contenders right now and they don’t have the space for him to get playing time; they are in rebuilding mode.
Not giving Fox more opportunities will stunt his growth as a talent in the NBA. His speed with the ball can’t be taught and he has a knack for scoring. Let’s not forget, this is a guy that dropped 39 points in last years’ NCAA tournament against Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.
Fox will make mistakes, as all rookies do, but it’s much better that he makes these mistakes now rather than later when the Kings are contending for championships.
He is one of the most talented rookies in the league and to show that off he has to be given opportunities.
The Kings are 4-12 with nowhere to go but up and why not start that run with your future at the helm.
The rotation of the team is too deep.
Head coach Dave Joerger needs to find an eight or nine man rotation that works and leave it at that. Rather than five players averaging around 30 minutes per game, Joerger is giving 10 players over 20 minutes per game.
Having too deep of a rotation can hurt your starters getting acclimated into the game and cause players to lose confidence if they aren’t getting enough minutes. The Kings don’t have a single player averaging over 27 minutes per game and that’s a problem.
Fox gets more minutes than any player on the team but he should be getting more than 30 minutes per game. This season he is averaging 10.9 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting. He hasn’t had the best numbers shooting the ball thus far but we’ve seen flashes off his playmaking ability, like when he made his first career game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers last week.
Fox hasn’t played over 30 minutes once this season. However, he has played exactly 30 minutes in two games. One game he had his career high of 19 points against the Phoenix Suns. The other game he only shot 4-13 for 11 points, however, he hit the game-winner at the end of the fourth quarter against the 76ers.
If the Kings want Fox to develop into the franchise point guard everyone knows he can be, then he must be given the opportunities.
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