Lonzo Ball is out injured, Kings’ DeAaron Fox in for Rising Stars Challenge

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

Lonzo Ball has missed the last 13 Laker games with a sprained MCL, and the team is rightfully being cautious bringing a guy they see as a cornerstone back. While Ball practiced with the team this week, he’s not playing a game before the All-Star break.

That includes Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge part of All-Star weekend.

With Ball out, the league announced that Sacramento’s De'Aaron Fox will step into his spot.

Fox has averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 assists per game, starting the majority of the games he’s played for Sacramento this season. The No. 5 overall pick in the last draft, Fox has shown speed and potential as a pick-and-roll point guard, but like most rookies has a lot of work to do on his shooting — he is hitting a decent 61 percent when he gets to the rim, but is shooting 32 percent from the midrange (where half his shot attempts come from) and just 33 percent from three. A lot of his game needs polishing.

However, in the defense-free zone that is the Rising Stars Challenge, Fox should be entertaining to watch.

For the first time ever the Kings have three players in the rising stars, Fox for Team USA, and on the international team Buddy Hield (he’s from the Bahamas) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia).

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