Fox and Sabonis' Resurrection of Sacramento
The Sacramento Kings prior to this season have been the laughing stock of the league for the last two decades. The last time they made the playoffs, LeBron was 21 years old and Chris Paul was a rookie. While people might point to teams like the Bobcats as the league's laughing stock, they have at least made playoff appearances in the last decade. During this drought, teams have rebuilt many times with the Kings failing to do so just once.
However, this season it all changed, the hiring of Mike Brown and exodus of Alvin Gentry changed the entire culture. While the trading of Tyrese Haliburton could prove to be a mistake overtime, it in the immediate has proved to be a worthwhile one. Prior to this season, Sabonis has been one of the more underrated players in the league. From 2019 to 2022, Sabonis averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. During this same time, Fox averaged 23 points and 7 points on fairly bad Kings teams.
The dynamic all-star duo has locked the Kings into a top 3 playoff spot in the brutal western conference. The small additions of Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk has been all the difference combining for 28.7 points. The fans have also come flocking back with the now famous, beam the Kings light after every win.
Fox over the last two seasons has been a player, investors have been advocating his market to be higher. Despite averaging 25 points at 23 years old, him playing for the laughing stock Kings inspired no one. Now that the Kings are a top team in the league, they have captured the attention of the national audience. Fox has a strong following from his Kentucky days, in addition to this he is one of the most exciting players in the league. A fast paced run n' gun guard with great athletic ability has put the league on notice.
Son of the great Arvydas, Damontas has been answering some of the what if's many have pondered about his dad. Sabonis might not be a flashy big man doing wind mill dunks but he is a extremely skilled big man. Outside of Jokic, many would consider him one of the best passing big men in the league. He is also an excellent rebounder and scorer from just about everywhere but three.