The Sacramento Kings have only played three games so far this season but De’Aaron Fox is already doing great things.
He looked like a true star again on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and helped the Kings secure a close overtime win.
During the first week of play, Fox has claimed the most points per game in the fourth quarter, according to StatMuse.
He has 12.3 points on average in the fourth, while Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks are hot on his heels with 12.
Most PPG in the 4th quarter this season:
12.3 — De’Aaron Fox
12.0 — Donovan Mitchell
12.0 — Luka Doncic pic.twitter.com/k9sEtps9Ry
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 30, 2023
Fox was putting on a clinic once again on Sunday.
He scored 37 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists against the Lakers and got particularly hot during the fourth quarter.
He scored 13 points during those 12 minutes, even with an injured ankle.
Although he avoided a serious injury during the game, ESPN is now reporting that he will likely miss some time moving forward.
That means that someone else on the team will have to pick up the slack in the fourth quarter and help the team reach the finish line.
Fox has always been a huge help in the final moments of games.
Last season, he earned his first All-Star spot and averaged 25 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists.
He was also named the inaugural winner of Kia NBA Clutch Player of the Year for 2022-23.
If he keeps playing like this, Fox could earn that trophy again.
But more importantly, he could help his team play even better and perhaps get further in the playoffs.
Before that can happen, Fox needs to heal his injured ankle and continue to light up the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.NEXT: Insider Reveals Update On De’Aaron Fox Injury Scare