WATCH: Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox Leaves Pacers’ Defense in the Dust with Phenomenal Footwork

Published 01/11/2021, 11:01 PM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket past Toronto Raptors guard Malachi Flynn (8) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports


Some players are known for their speed, while some are known for their craftiness. Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox prides in both. Tonight, against the Indiana Pacers, both of these qualities were on display.

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After bringing the ball in from half court, Fox zipped past Malcolm Brogdon first. He then sent Justin Holiday the wrong way with a fake pass, before completing this brilliant play with a runner over Myles Turner. All three of those Pacers’ players are good defenders, but Fox made them look silly with just one phenomenal play.

.@CoorsLight Cold Hard Fact: If you look close enough you can see De'Aaron's dust 💨 pic.twitter.com/E3VJ0TQxNh

— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 12, 2021

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Fox’s main strength on offense is his ability to drive to the rim. So this is a prime example of that. His speed makes him tough to defend, which is why defenders can’t often keep up with his drives.

Can De’Aaron Fox help the Sacramento Kings to avoid their third loss in a row?

The Kings started the season with an impressive 3-1 run. But in the next six games, they managed just one win. They lost their last two games against the Blazers and the Raptors. Tonight, they are battling the Pacers to avoid being embarrassed for the third game in a row.

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Their hopes rest on Fox, who has been their leading scorer so far. But they will also be hoping he can step up in his efficiency, after averaging just 28% from three in the ten games they have played so far. He struggled from deep last season as well, so he needs to really put in the work to improve on this front.
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore (26) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
While he is sharing the rock with another playmaker now in Tyrese Haliburton, Fox can do much better than just five assists per game. He has impressed with his playmaking ability in the last few seasons, so the Kings need him to step up in that department as well.

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The Kings are chasing a playoff spot for the first time since 2006. They have been rebuilding for years now, but it has never seen an end-product yet. With Fox and co, they have some hope now. But they will need to be at their best to qualify for the playoffs in this crowded Western Conference.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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