De’Aaron Fox deserves NBA All-Star nods, Magic Johnson, Isaiah Thomas believe

Kings star guard De’Aaron Fox makes a strong case for becoming an NBA All-Star for the first time this season, but the first round of fan voting doesn’t do his efforts justice.

Sacramento embarked on an all-star campaign this season for Fox and his accomplice, star center Domantas Sabonis, leading a renamed Kings team back to a competitive, winning culture.

But while NBA fans outside of Sactown didn’t show much love for the dynamic duo, they were big names in the league.

While basketball fans have enjoyed a season filled with rising stars and historic performances from players like Luka Doncic and Donovan Mitchell, two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas has an idea of ​​who should make their first All-Star appearance in February.

Fox is averaging 23.8 points on 50.2 percent shots from the field, along with 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 36 games so far this season. Not to mention he was Mr. Clutch for the Kings in a season that had far too many down-to-earth games.

As of Tuesday, Fox leads the league in clutch shots and clutch field goal percentage and is second in total clutch points, according to KingsMuse.

Fox’s dominance of the floor has also caught the attention of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who has been vocal in vouching for Fox’s all-star campaign on Twitter.

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Former NBA champion and current NBA analyst at NBC Sports California and ESPN Matt Barnes has used his platform to give the Kings a little extra love and attention nationally. He recently threw the names of Fox and Sabonis on ESPN’s “NBA Today” and wondered why their names aren’t even mentioned on the first return of All-Star Fan Votes.

While people are doing their part to spread the word, Fox is focused on just one thing: getting back into the playoffs for the first time in 16 seasons.

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Following his fourth-quarter performance in the Kings’ 117-115 win over Jazz in Utah, NBC Sports California Kings Pregame/Postgame Live host Morgan Ragan Fox asked if he planned to be back in Utah for the All Star Game.

“For me, I’ve always talked about it, I just want to win games,” Fox said on Kings Postgame Live. “I want to do everything to put my team in the best position to win. If we do that and I make the all-star team, then so be it. And if I don’t, that’s what it is. But I just want to be able to get out of here and make a profit.

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That sounds like the midnset of an All-Star, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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