De'Aaron Fox
De'Aaron Fox
22-Year-Old GuardG
Sacramento Kings
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Fox had a strong third season, averaging 32.0 minutes per game while putting up 21.1 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He also improved his field-goal efficiency to 48.0 percent but oddly dropped to 29.2 from three after shooting 37.1 as a sophomore. His free-throw efficiency also remained low for a guard, as he went just 70.5 percent from the charity stripe. Regardless, Fox's impressive counting stats led to a top-60 fantasy ranking (per-game, eight-category). His total fantasy rank suffered, however, as he missed 17 straight games early in the year due to an ankle injury. Heading into his fourth season, the 23-year-old just signed a five-year, $163 million max extension, and he should continue building upon his game, with his three-point and free-throw shooting being the most obvious potential improvement areas. If he can boost his overall scoring in those ways, the boost to Fox's fantasy value would be significant. The Kings also failed to add any legitimate building blocks to the roster, so Fox will remain the focal point of the offense, and his role is extremely safe. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $163 million extension with the Kings in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

De'Aaron Martez Fox was born in 1997 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother, Lorraine Harris-Fox, played basketball at Arkansas-Little Rock from 1986-88. De'Aaron created The Fox Whole Family Foundation, which serves women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer, as his mother is a breast cancer survivor. In 2018-19, Fox launched the Breast Cancer Community Assist Program and donated $100 for each personal assist at home to the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation. Also in 2018, Fox started an annual clinic with his mother over Mother's Day weekend. The clinic brings breast cancer survivors and their families to Golden 1 Center to learn about breast cancer treatment and basketball. In 2019, Fox received the Oscar Robertson Triple-Double award, which is given to a Kings player who exemplifies excellence both on the court and in the community. Fans can follow Fox on Twitter and Instagram (swipathefox).

College/International Summary

Before being drafted by Sacramento with the fifth pick in the first round of the 2017 draft, De'Aaron Fox spent a season displaying his talents at the University of Kentucky. During his freshman season, fresh off being named Texas Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2016, Fox put together a performance worthy of first-team All-SEC honors. He started the season with a double-double 12-point,12-assist performance in a win over Stephen F. Austin. That effort set a school record for most assists in a debut. On Nov. 28, in a win over Arizona State, Fox recorded a triple double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Fox's feat made him only the second Wildcat in the history of Kentucky basketball to record a triple-double (Chris Mill, 1988). On Jan. 7, the fiesty point guard posted 27 points and six assists during a victory over Arkansas. Fox's Wildcats qualified for the NCAA Tournament and defeated Northern Kentucky and Wichita State in the first two rounds. During their Sweet 16 matchup with UCLA, Fox scored a freshman NCAA Tournament record 39 points. Kentucky later fell to the University of North Carolina in the ensuing Elite 8 matchup. Later, Fox declared himself eligible for the 2017 NBA draft.

Inks big extension
GSacramento Kings
November 20, 2020
Fox and the Kings have agreed on a five-year, $163 million maximum extension, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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No surprise here, as Fox has excelled for Sacramento since getting taken with the fifth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He will also have a clause in his contract where he can potentially reach the $195.6 million super max. The Kentucky product averaged a career high 21.1 points last season to go along with 6.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.6 triples across 32.0 minutes per game. The speedy point guard is now established as a franchise centerpiece for this young Kings' team and will look to continue improving in the upcoming season.
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2019

Fox played in 51 of a possible 72 games during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. It was his third season in the Association and with the Kings. The quick point guard averaged a career-best 21.1 points per game while shooting a career-high 48.0 percent from the field. Fox also contributed 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 three-pointers per game. On the second game of the season, Oct. 25, the 22-year-old posted 28 points, six rebounds, five assists and three treys during a home loss to the Trail Blazers. Five nights later, Fox registered his first double-double of the season via 16 points, 10 assists and two steals in a home loss to the Hornets. On Dec. 29, Fox dished a season-high 13 assists, plus added 18 points, during a close loss at Denver. The Kentucky product recorded nine double-doubles for the season. Fox scored 30 or more points in seven games. On Jan. 13, he delivered 31 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block during a close home loss to the Magic. On Jan. 30, Fox scored a then career-high 34 points during a road win over the Clippers. He added eight assists, four steals, three three-pointers and two blocks in arguably his best game of the season. On Jul. 31 in the Orlando bubble, Fox scored a career-high 39 points in a loss to the Spurs. An ankle injury forced Fox to miss 17 straight games between Nov. 12 and Dec. 15.

2018

In his second season in the NBA, Fox took big steps forward across the board. The lightning-quick point guard started 81 games and scored 17.3 points per game, up from 11.6 as a rookie. He dished out 7.3 assists per game, up from 4.4 in 2017-2018 and good for eighth in the league. He also managed 3.8 rebounds per game, up from 2.8 a year earlier. Fox was buoyed by an increase in playing time. He saw 31.4 minutes per game after playing 27.8 minutes per game as rookie. However, Fox's improved production wasn't simply a result of increased playing time. The 21-year-old went for 19.8 points, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, which were all up from the year before. Fox also improved his shooting percentage from both inside and outside the arc. He finished at 45.8 percent overall and 37.1 percent from 3-point range. The Kentucky product thrived in Sacramento's fast-paced attack, helping the Kings score 114.2 points per game (good for ninth in the NBA) and finish with 39 wins, their most since 2005-2006.

2017

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fox was tasked with orchestrating the offense in Sacramento as a rookie. The young point guard appeared in 73 games and made 60 starts. Fox wasted no time establishing himself as a key player for the Kings, averaging 11.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. The Kentucky product shot 41.2 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from 3-point range and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. Fox also showed off his quickness by registering 70 steals in his 73 games of action. He twice recorded four steals in a game and had another five outings with three steals. Fox made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 18, with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds during a home loss to the Rockets. Fox recorded his first career double-double on Jan. 8 with 11 points and 10 assists during a home loss to the Spurs. Fox recorded three double-doubles during the season, with all three coming via points and assists. On Jan. 28, Fox went off for a season-high 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting against San Antonio. The rookie topped 20 points four other times. The 20-year-old even had a four-block game, a Dec. 1 win at Chicago, in what was a successful rookie NBA campaign.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Sacramento Kings.
  • November 20, 2020
    Signed a five-year, $163 million extension with the Sacramento Kings.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After an underwhelming first season where he failed to make an All-Rookie team, Fox stepped up as a sophomore in 2018-19. He ranked fourth in total assists (590) and sixth in steals (133) while also averaging 17.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The former fifth overall pick improved his efficiency as well, raising his true shooting percentage from 47.7% to 54.4%. Fox's development helped contribute to a 39-win season for Sacramento, and it was the first time the Kings have reached that many victories since 2005-06. He'll look to continue building on his second season, where he managed to accumulate three 30-point games, 17 games with at least 10 assists, and 19 performances with at least three steals. Already a top contributor in the assists and steals categories, Fox's room to grow is in his scoring. Primarily, increasing his free-throw percentage (72.7%) and finding a way to shoot more threes (1.1 makes per game at 37.1%).
After being selected to the First Team All-SEC during his freshman year at Kentucky, Fox was selected by the Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He proceeded to start 60 of his 73 appearances for the team, but failed to crack 30 minutes per night. The rookie struggled scoring the ball, averaging 11.6 points while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from deep and 72.3 percent from the line. Fox was also a subpar distributor and defender, posting 4.4 assists compared with 2.4 turnovers, and swiping only 1.0 steal per contest. It wasn't all underwhelming, however, as he still managed to flash the upside the Kings were hoping for. Fox posted five games with at least 20 points, four games with double-digit assists, and seven games with three-plus steals. Entering his age 21 season, Fox will likely be handed a similar, if not expanded, role.
Fox, a 6-foot-3 point guard out of Kentucky, was drafted fifth overall by the Kings in the 2017 NBA Draft. Last season, in college, Fox posted 16.7 points and 4.6 assists per game – the latter of which led the SEC. Though he showed to be an inconsistent shooter, Fox’s upside as an explosive ball-handler and defender seemingly intrigued the Kings enough to warrant a selection. When Sacramento made the pick, it was assumed Fox would be immediately thrown into the fire as starting point guard for the rebuilding franchise. However, the Kings signed veteran point guard George Hill during free agency, who garnered a 30-plus minute workload last season. It’s unclear at the moment if coach Dave Joerger intends to play Hill at the shooting guard at times to free up Fox at the point, though that seems like legitimate scenario. As a result, Fox’s Fantasy value is a somewhat unclear heading into his rookie season, making him a risky pick due to not only his questionable workload, but also his undetermined adjustment to NBA basketball. He might be worth avoiding in many formats until coach Joerger shows his hand.
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Out for finale
GSacramento Kings
Shoulder
August 12, 2020
Fox (shoulder) will sit out Thursday's game against the Lakers.
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Sitting out Tuesday
GSacramento Kings
Shoulder
August 10, 2020
Fox (shoulder) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans.
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Scores 26, dishes nine
GSacramento Kings
August 9, 2020
Fox finished with 26 points (9-17 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 7-9 FT), nine assists, two rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Sunday's 129-112 loss to the Rockets.
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Another strong effort Friday
GSacramento Kings
August 8, 2020
Fox scored 21 points (7-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding seven assists, two rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes during Friday's 119-106 loss to the Nets.
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Goes for 30 in win
GSacramento Kings
August 6, 2020
Fox exploded for 30 points (12-21 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-8 FT) and 10 assists in Thursday's win over the Pelicans.
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