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Kings Pulse: Should De’Aaron Fox be Considered a Superstar?

Greg Wissinger joins the show to talk about De'Aaron Fox's growth on the season, how he needs to improve going forward, and if he might ever be considered a superstar.

After De'Aaron Fox and the Kings won an exciting showdown with Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Sunday, we had our buddy and TKH overlord Greg Wissinger on the Kings Pulse podcast to talk about De'Aaron Fox's season and our expectations for Star Fox moving forward.

I'm sure I speak for many fans when I say that the last few weeks of Kings basketball have been mostly mind-numbing and aggravating to watch - so much so that I almost miss that we're getting Star Fox performances on a nightly basis. Since the All Star Break, Fox is averaging 28.4 points, 6.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals on 49.5% shooting from the field. On the season, Fox currently sits 10th in the league for free throw attempts, has upped his catch-and-shoot success from 33% last year to 40% (a huge improvement for playing with Tyrese Haliburton), and is one of the most dangerous players in the NBA at the rim. He's taken a big step forward, even if the team hasn't.

A max-contract player should be as responsible as anyone for their team's record, and we've had plenty of conversations about Fox's leadership and defensive intensity over the course of the season. De'Aaron is not a LeBron James-type transcendent player who can drag a garbage team to mediocrity or better - but he's shown himself a high-usage offensive engine who may have the firepower necessary to lead a good team to success, once the Kings (hopefully) add more talent and a better head coach.

Let us know your thoughts on Fox's performance this season and your expectations going forward!

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1951
April 21, 2021 12:51 pm

OMG, I am having Boogie STR thread flashbacks!

RobHessing
April 21, 2021 1:02 pm
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Otis
April 21, 2021 1:13 pm
Reply to  1951

The past is prologue, 1951:
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Kingsguru21
April 21, 2021 7:22 pm
Reply to  Otis

I’m just curious: What is the point of comparing Cousins to Fox? I’m not quite seeing it.

Otis
April 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Reply to  Kingsguru21

My point is that, arguably, Cousins was more of a “superstar” after four seasons than Fox. Thus, “the past is prologue”. I dunno if people are just forgetting all those discussions?

It makes sense to me to argue whether he’s an All-Star level player now, and when he gets there, we start arguing whether he’s a superstar.

Otis
April 21, 2021 1:09 pm

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Want-to-be-gm
April 21, 2021 1:39 pm

Foxes chances of achieving superstar status are contingent on primarily two things. One, he must become a consistent perimeter shooter with range and two he must be surrounded with better players. What the Kings do this off-season will have much to do with the future of Fox and the Kings. A couple of smart strategic moves and the kings could become a legitimate playoff contender and another off-season failure could send the Kings into the abyss for another decade. Of course that can be said about several teams so let’s see what management can do this off-season relative to their competitors. OKC, Orlando, Detroit, and New Orleans will be 4 teams to benchmark against this off-season.

Just watching last nights game, I sat there and wondered what the Kings could be with KAT. I think they would be a low to mid-tier playoff team.

andy_sims
April 21, 2021 2:01 pm

Do you have an ETA for when it will be downloadable from https://kingsherald.podbean.com/ ?

Yakshi
April 21, 2021 4:17 pm

Да.

rockbottom
April 21, 2021 4:22 pm

True super stars lead teams to winning ! No disrespect ,but Fox is a potential superstar but not there yet ! Hope he makes it !

Pistola916
April 21, 2021 9:48 pm

He’s not even an All-Star much less a superstar. Until he gets voted in as an all-star then I’d give him that title. Superstar status is reserved for NBA MVP or All-NBA first, second and third team. He’s a very talented young man and the “star” of the team but not yet ready to give him that recognition.

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LaBradfordsCreditCard
April 21, 2021 10:30 pm

Nope, not yet. Playoffs and All-Star/All-NBA selections indicate superstardom.

LaBradfordsCreditCard
April 25, 2021 6:23 pm

Sort of like what Luka Doncic has been doing. Go ahead and keep down voting the truth, but it’s true.

Put it this way … think anyone in Dallas is still asking if Luka is a superstar?

Last edited 22 days ago by LaBradfordsCreditCard
Mike120
April 29, 2021 8:18 pm

I love Fox but gotta say no at this point. Hard to consider anyone a superstar on a perennial .400 team.

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