Ahh, smell that? That’s the smell of a lot of money we won last night!! Thank you Luka Doncic and Julius Randle. We got another jam packed slate tonight with seven games! Lots of good games and good players, so let’s get to it and keep the hot streak rolling!.
We are back everyone! As everyone knows, the basketball world lost a legend yesterday in Kobe Bryant. Kobe’s daughter Gianna was on board the helicopter as well. The horrible crash took the lives of nine innocent people yesterday. Everyone around the NBA did everything they could to play despite the incredible amount of grief that hovered over every single player and coach. Each team started the game with either an eight-second backcourt violation or a 24-second shot clock violation. I usually do a Fave Five, but tonight, in honor of the legend Kobe, I’m doing eight plays. Let’s dive into them!
Did the Los Angeles Lakers make the right decision by drafting Lonzo Ball over De’Aaron Fox? Let’s compare the 2nd and 5th overall picks in the 2017 NBA Draft and see, a year later, who has started his career off better.
Last season, the Sacramento Kings drafted Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox. He was my favorite player from the draft. However, it was not the best of seasons for Fox or the Kings. It was understandable because they were a young team and did not have many veterans to mentor them. They finished last season 27-55. It was a disappointing season but there is a lot of potential on this team. Fox averaged just 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 2.4 turnovers per game, on .412 FG%. Some people started calling Fox a bust and saying he is not the real deal, he’s overhyped, etc. But I knew that Fox would definitely come back better than ever and put the league on notice.
If you love to watch top-notch scoring and three-point shooting, this game was for you. Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors with 42 points, including going 10-20 from behind the arc. Buddy Hield did his best to keep the Sacramento Kings in it, exploding for 32 points and setting a new career high with 8 triples in 13 tries. Justin Jackson set a new career high with 28 points, shooting 10-14 from the field. The Warriors continue their quest to break seemingly every three-point record there is, combining with the Kings to make 41 for the game, a new NBA milestone.
It’s still very early in the NBA season to get carried away with a team but the Sacramento Kings are off to the most surprising 8-6 start of any NBA team I can remember. After Monday night’s win over the San Antonio Spurs, a lot more people are starting to take notice. The Kings have not seen the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, when they were eliminated in the first round. But this season looks and feels different, even though it is still too early to tell.