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Sabonis, Fox Deserve to Represent Sacramento at All-Star Weekend

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Fan voting for the all-star game is a joke.

How are Russell Westbrook and Austin Reaves in the top 10 in all-star voting?  That’s no joke, but a serious question.

Oh yeah, they play for the Lakers in the big metropolis known as Los Angeles with countless millions of people.

Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox, meanwhile, play in that little village known as Sacramento in the northern part of California.  So sad, so bad. There just aren’t as many voters in Sacramento.

ALL-STAR DROUGHT

The last Kings’ All-Star was DeMarcus Cousins from 2015-2017, ending an 11-year All-Star drought that went back to Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic in 2004.

Sabonis and Fox are both playing at an All-Star level and are the reason the Kings are fifth in the West as of Thursday.

Sacramento native, ESPN and Kings TV analyst and former King Matt Barnes says it’s time that people realize there are some talented guys in Sactown.

Sabonis, a two-time All-Star when he was in Indiana, is having his best season ever, averaging 18.7 points (62% FG, 42% 3PT, 74% FT), 12.4 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. Those numbers are all better than his career averages of 14.7 points (54% FG, 33% 3PT, 73% FT), 9.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest.

On Wednesday, Sabonis tied Cousins for the Kings’ record of 15 consecutive double-doubles.  He also tied two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic for the most 20/10/5 games this season.

Oh, and did I mention Sabonis has played the last five games with a broken right thumb?

There’s a reason they call Sabonis “The Ox”.  He is a beast.

FOX AND THE OX

Fox is enjoying his best season with averages of 23.9 points (50% FG, 34% 3PT, 80% FT), 4.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He is especially good in the clutch when the game is on the line. Following a two-point win over the Jazz Tuesday night, Will Z. Stats posted these incredible stats:

Fox ended the Utah game with 37 points, 22 of them coming in the fourth quarter when he literally took over the game.

The fourth quarter is Fox’s time.

Fox makes a statement here with some force.

Here’s that game winner against Utah from Mr. 4th Quarter.

If you haven’t already caught the drift, Fox and Sabonis are a match made in heaven.

They have tremendous chemistry on the court and they’re not too bad in front of the camera either.

PEOPLE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE TRADE

“I can’t believe the Kings traded Tyrese Haliburton.”

It’s hard to believe that people are still critical of the Kings for making the Haliburton-Sabonis trade.

WIN-WIN

The fact of the matter is both the Kings and the Pacers were winners.  Haliburton has been incredible in Indiana.  Sabonis has been just as incredible in Sacramento while also helping to unlock Fox’s tremendous talent.

Maybe Sabonis, Fox and Haliburton will all be All-Stars this February.

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About Dave Andrade

Sports Director, KRCR-TV Redding 1968-81; Shasta College football & basketball play-by-play; marketing rep; retired, but still doing a daily sports report & commentary for KKXS 96.1 FM, Redding; contributor at Kings Lead

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