NBA 2018-19: 3 Talking points from Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings
#2 The Sacramento Kings need to become better next season
The Sacramento Kings have been one of the success stories of this season, vaulting themselves into playoff contention with their stellar performances. The Kings have a lot of players that have taken a leap this season.
De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield have taken the biggest steps towards becoming future superstars. Hield is having a career year, finally realizing his potential. He is averaging a massive 20.9 points a game, along with 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
He started just 13 games last season but has played and started 78 matches this season, a significant change. He has attempted just under 8 3-pointers a game and is shooting then at a 42.9%, which is one of the best percentages in the league.
De'Aaron Fox has been no different this season and has been one of their most consistent stars. His passing, vision and the speed with which he travels the court has just been absolutely marvelous.
He was one of the lesser heralded stars after the 2018 NBA draft, with some labeling him as a bust. He was averaging 11.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game, playing a total of 73 games in his rookie year.
But in his sophomore season, Fox has become a totally different player. He is currently averaging 17.4 points, 7.3 assist and 3.8 rebounds per game, a massive leap. His shooting has become really good, going from 30% from beyond the arc to 36%.
He has started using his speed to drive and clog the lanes, opening up the perimeter for a 3 point shot and has started passing the ball out really well too. The Kings need Fox and Hield, along with Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley to up their game in their bid to become one of the top quality teams in the NBA.