One of the interesting things about each NBA season is watching players who are seemingly under the radar explode and surpass expectations.
We’re only about two weeks into the 2022-23 campaign, but already, there are three players in particular who are off to a blistering start.
In his five prior NBA seasons, Fox has been a very good player, but not one that most considered a bona fide star.
The Sacramento Kings point guard averaged an impressive 23.2 points per game last season, but he has always been a poor 3-point shooter – he made just 29.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
But through three games, he is putting up 31.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game, and even better, he is shooting a sizzling 59.4 percent from the field and 45.0 percent from 3-point range.
With his 36-point performance against the Clippers, De’Aaron Fox becomes the first Sacramento-era Kings player to score 30-plus in the first two games of the season 🦊 pic.twitter.com/7cWYmluia9
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) October 23, 2022
Yes, the Kings are 0-3, but one cannot really blame Fox, as there is a lack of support around him.
In addition, two of their games so far have been against the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, arguably the two best teams in the Western Conference.
The fourth-year man has put up solid numbers in the past, but he is averaging 24.0 points on 52.4 percent overall shooting and 43.5 percent from downtown, plus 9.8 assists a game through four contests this year.
Perhaps he is the franchise player the Pacers have been looking for.
At first glance, Lillard may not fit under the description “surprising,” but he did have an off-year last season, and he has been on fire to start this season.
Through four games, he is averaging 33.3 points on 50.0 percent overall shooting and 40.0 percent from deep.
Over the weekend, he had back-to-back 41-point games versus the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, and as a result, his Portland Trail Blazers are now 4-0.