Sacramento Kings’ budding backcourt thriving in January

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Sacramento Kings’ backcourt pairing Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox have found a consistent rhythm on the offensive end in recent games, lighting it up with the ball in their hands.

If January is any sign of things to come for the Sacramento Kings, fans should get excited. In five games, both Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox have been doing massive amounts of damage on the offensive end.

Led by their star backcourt, the Kings have already won three games, one away from tying their total from all of December.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox has paved the way offensively, averaging 22.2 points per game in five games to start this month. Though his scoring has been a significant factor, the 22-year old has been getting his teammates involved, dishing 7.4 assists per contest.

However, it is not just offense where Fox’s game has been thriving, but defense as well.

Making his presence felt everywhere, the guard has been averaging 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks this month, showing he can do a little bit of everything. After missing 18 games due to injury recently, the point guard looks like he has not missed a beat.

As for Hield, his play has been sensational as well, averaging 20.6 points per game thus far in January on some stellar shooting percentages.

Knocking down 47.5 percent of his three-point shots and 42 percent of overall shots, the 27-year-old has been wreaking extensive amounts of havoc for opposing teams.

While seven players on the Kings are averaging double-digit scoring on the season, only one of them is doing so in the 20’s — Hield with his 20.3 points per game.

With the recent impressive play of Fox, don’t be surprised if he can get his 18.3 points per game right up in the twenties alongside Hield.

Being known as a solidified threat from behind the arc, Hield has genuinely elevated his play through Fox’s incredible passing abilities. Though he held the team afloat in the prolonged absence of their point guard, Hield’s game is at it’s best when the two are side by side.

At 15-24, the Sacramento Kings currently stand at 13th place in the jam-packed Western Conference. Still, a playoff appearance is not out of the question, as spots 8-14 can switch on a nightly basis with a single win or loss.

This hot start to January could create some momentum that could see the Kings fight their way into a spot.

If this team can keep up their recent success behind their promising backcourt, anything is possible in this league.

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With both players finally healthy and getting hot at the right time, the future is bright for these young Sacramento Kings.