De’Aaron Fox: Playoffs are Realistic Targets for Kings
Last season, the Sacramento Kings underwent one of their best seasons in the last 12 years. The 39 wins they won became the best in the time span. Unfortunately, that number is still unable to bring them through to the playoffs. Kings had to settle for finishing in ninth place, seven wins away with eighth place, Los Angeles Clippers.
The slick notes Kings last season could not be separated from the performance of their young guard, De’Aaron Fox. This University of Kentucky alumni is having a good season with a record of 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He also managed to carve an overall accuracy of 45.8 percent, 37.1 percent of tripoin and 72.7 percent of free shots.
In the 2019 NBA Media Day which was held Friday, September 27, 2019, local time, Fox was optimistic about facing a new season with Kings. According to him, a row of players and new coaches will make Kings more competitive and their opportunities to get past the achievements last season by qualifying for the playoffs are more open.
“I think, qualifying for the playoffs is a realistic target for us next season,” he said. “Everyone knows that competition in the Western Region is really tight. Competition was tight before this season and will be even tighter later. “
However, at the same time, we feel we are getting better as a team and we think we deserve to be called as one of the candidates qualifying for the playoffs from the Western Conference. “If later we fail to qualify for the playoffs, I think that failure will be far more disappointing than failure we were last season, “he concluded.
Kings himself has missed the playoffs in the past 13 years. This is the longest absentee record in the league now. The last time Kings qualified for the playoffs was in the 2005-2006 season, when the team was still defended by players like Mike Bibby, Ron Artest, Brad Miller, and Kevin Martin. At that time, they died in the first round after losing to the San Antonio Spurs.
In the new millennium, Kings’ best achievement was to qualify for the Western Conference finals in the 2001-2002 season. Along with rows of players such as Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divac, Doug Christie, and Hedo Turkoglu, Kings surrendered to Los Angeles Lakers shaded by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in seven matches. (DRMK)