It is no secret who one of the most promising guards entering the draft is — De’Aaron Fox.
Flaunting one of the most dynamic arsenals in his class, Fox lands in the top five of most mock draft boards. De’Aaron Fox will serve any team as a dedicated leader with a mamba-like focus and competitiveness. In his freshman year as a Kentucky Wildcat, Fox averaged nearly 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and couple of steals per game while still surprisingly contributing the most to his team off the books.
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Fox’s strongest asset is his leadership – this is not something that cannot be seen in the numbers. Although the stats are impressive, De’Aaron has a drive that is seen in such few players in today’s NBA. While other draft bound college stars give straight-faced, unemotional interviews declaring for the draft, Fox was focused on his team and coming off a competitive high. His desire to win will translate to the next level and inspire a winning mentality on any team he is drafted to.
Despite the undeniable intangibles Fox provides, he still draws comparisons to some current NBA greats such as MVP candidate Russell Westbrook and perennial All-Star John Wall. The former Wildcat touts the most impressive speed in the draft that, while tied with highly capable inside scoring, allows for Fox to be a modern point guard. Despite being criticized for a lack of a reliable three-point shot, Fox is able to compensate with offensive versatility in scoring and passing. Additionally, his speed and quick-twitch reaction time on defense lifts his ceiling even higher with potential on defense extending far past his 187 lb. wiry frame.
Seemingly the most likely landing spot for De’Aaron Fox is with the Sacramento Kings, falling to the fifth pick. Growing alongside last year’s draft pick out of Kentucky, Skal Labissière, and Buddy Hield, recently acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans, Fox would take over from Darren Collison and Ty Lawson as the Kings’ leading point guard. The time he would spend on the floor would be crucial to his early development. Along with the Kings’ tenth pick, Sacramento could take a huge step this offseason in drafting De’Aaron Fox.
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Another possible team in line to draft ahead of the Kings is the Los Angeles Lakers. What once was a sure pick in Lonzo Ball, the Lakers have recently shown hesitance in committing to the UCLA Bruin. De’Aaron Fox has made his case, however, and would play alongside young talent in D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle. The team-by-committee in Los Angeles would likely look to Fox’s talent as an aggressive, speed-demon point guard to lead the offense, moving Russell to the shooting guard. Accompanied by three-point dominant teammates, Fox would benefit in drive and kick situations.
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Look for Fox to explode on the scene, resulting from a dedicated work ethic and elite basketball athleticism on the court. His ability to lead a team with a winning mentality alone will likely give him a chip or two in next year’s Rookie of the Year candidacy. Be it with Sacramento, Los Angeles or any other lottery team, De’Aaron Fox will be a force to be reckoned with in his 2017-2018 rookie season.