There weren't many bright spots for the Kings in the 2019-20 season.
Sacramento stumbled to a 3-5 record in the seeding games at the NBA's Orlando bubble and was unable to earn a playoff spot for the 14th consecutive season. General manager Vlade Divac stepped down from his role with the organization, as did assistant GM Peja Stojakovic.
But there was one bright spot for the Kings in an otherwise disappointing campaign, as young point guard De'Aaron Fox showed major development in his third NBA season. Averaging 26.2 points, 7.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds over six games in Orlando (Fox missed the Kings' last two games with a shoulder injury), Fox's prolific play didn't go unnoticed.
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NBA analyst Greg Anthony, who has been part of TNT's coverage of the NBA Playoffs, believes Fox has a sky-high ceiling in Sacramento, and can become a household name around the league if he makes one specific improvement to his game.
"The rest of the league hopes he better not develop a jump shot because he is going to be unguardable with his speed and athleticism," Anthony said to The Athletic. "And to (NBA analyst Chris Webber) Chris' point, De'Aaron is one of the great young men in our league. He is a class act, ultra professional, a workaholic, loves the game and loves to compete so if you're Sacramento, they've got some really good cornerstones to move forward with.
"I would feel really good about my prospects moving forward having De'Aaron Fox at the point."
Although Fox made strides in other areas, his shooting percentage from 3 took a major decline in Year 3. After making 37.1 percent from behind the arc in 2018-19, Fox shot just 29.2 percent over his third NBA campaign.
Fox did slightly ratchet up his attempts, but his percentage was especially low during the Kings' brief stint in Orlando, shooting just 21.7 percent from 3 over the seeding games.
Relying on his incredible quickness and ability to drive to the basket, Fox hasn't needed to lean on his outside shooting during his NBA career up to this point. But as he tries to take the next step from being a great player to a star or even a superstar, elite 3-point shooting is imperative for any player looking to earn that status.
Fox is yet to ink a contract extension with Sacramento, although reports indicate that will be a top priority for the Kings' front office this offseason. He is entering the final season of his rookie-scale contract, and appears to be in line for a deal in the neighborhood of a max contract.
If he can shoot closer to 40 percent from three next season and bring himself closer to his fellow point guards around the NBA, Fox's lightning-quick first step and obvious athleticism should make him one of the league's best floor generals.
How Kings' De'Aaron Fox could become 'unguardable' with better jumper originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area