De’Aaron Fox Is Most Improved Player And It’s Not Close

My namesake in Sacramento, De’Aaron Fox, came into the league fifth overall in the 2017 NBA draft, and at the time, I told anyone who would listen that he’d be the steal of the draft class, taking more than a few digs at the Lakers in the process for drafting the guy Fox clowned in college, Lonzo Ball. Well, Ball still sucks (although he’s evolving as a defender, all that makes him is a cross between Russell Westbrook and Tony Allen, but nowhere near as good as either at Westbrook’s stat sheet stuffing or Allen’s ability to lock down his …

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Breakfast Special: LaMarcus Chamberlain

The San Antonio Spurs, using the three-pointer like a sniper rifle, made 16 such baskets on only 19 tries, an 84.2 percent clip. They shot 56.6 percent from the field overall. Made 56 field goals in the game. Scored 130 points in regulation. Even shot 89.7 percent from the free throw line. And LaMarcus Aldridge scored 56 (!) points on 20-of-33 shooting without even so much as attempting a three like he was latter-day Wilt Chamberlain. And yet somehow the Oklahoma City Thunder forced them to play 10 extra minutes of basketball before finally falling against the overwhelming assault of …

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Breakfast Special: Too Many F—ing Lakers Fans

I love De’Aaron Fox and wish he were on the Pacers. Or, if I can’t have that, let’s see the Namesake traded to the Clippers or HERO OF SERBIA Boban Marjanovic traded to the Kings so my favorite non-Pacers can be on the same team. Fox went for just 15 points on 6-of-20 shooting against the criminally underrated defensive ability of Lonzo Ball (which is more than Ball could say for himself when Fox ate his lunch in college, but y’all in the NBA now, son) but dished 12 assists and grabbed nine rebounds like “who’s the triple-double machine now?” …

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Breakfast Special: Build the Wall and Make the Lakers Pay for It

Sometimes, lack of trust in your garbage time guys isn’t all bad. John Wall played 42 minutes in a blowout that would, for any other team, have featured the G-League squad for the entire fourth quarter and ended up with 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting and 4-of-8 from long range as the Wizards beat the Lakers 128-110. Bradley Beal had 25 points on 10-of-24 (in 39 minutes), Jeff Green had 20 on 8-of-15, and Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 20 on 10-of-15. And in the “what are you even doing, Scott Brooks” category, Tomas Satoransky played 46 …

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Breakfast Special: Bucks Fall in Eastern Conference Finals Preview

The NBA raised so many questions Thursday night. Between the Celtics handing the Bucks their first loss of the season in the cause of going to 6-2, the Trail Blazers leaving a lot of people wondering if they’re a dark horse in the West after their nationally-televised win over New Orleans, and Sacramento doing what good teams do and thumping a bad team on the road, the NBA sure seems bent on raising more questions than it answers these days. But we begin with… The Lamb of Greekazoid Back during the old days, when titans like Michael Jordan and Kobe …

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Breakfast Special: Ragnarok, NBA Style

Sunday was a terror show worthy of the kinds of movies that come out in October and then quickly disappear from theaters on All Saints’ Day. The Golden State Warriors lost to the Denver Nuggets, the Houston Rockets fell short against the better-than-you-think Los Angeles Clippers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder got whacked at home by the Sacramento Kings. Oh, and Atlanta beat Cleveland because the league said they had to play a game whether people wanted to watch it or not. Let’s get to the highlights and then you all can skewer me on Twitter (@RealFoxD) for not doing …

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Are the 2018-19 Sacramento Kings Good?

That the Sacramento Kings did not finish last in the Pacific Division in 2017-18 is a startling testament to just how bad the Phoenix Suns were. It is not, in any conceivable way, an endorsement of the quality of the Kings as a team. De’Aaron Fox had an atrocious rookie season. The Kings front office could not be trusted to organize a bake sale, never mind the day-to-day operations of an NBA team, and what is it with the implication that bake sales are always managed by incompetent people? Where’s the love for the stay-at-home moms taking an active role …

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Breakfast Special: Charlotte Hornets Break the Point Differential Stat

Way back in November of 2015, the Memphis Grizzlies lost two games, one by 50, the other by 30, in one fell swoop reducing their expected win total for the entire season by 2.7 wins. They lost three games for the price of two, providing the foreshadowing that would, by the end of the season, foretell their 3-14 finish in the regular season and, once they limped into the playoffs, their sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. It was precisely the kind of predictive outcome that analytics was designed to catch (and, if I may point the …

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Breakfast Special: Wizards 125, Red Claws 124

Just a day before the Ides of March, the Wizards were Julius Caesar and the Celtics’ B-unit were the Roman Senators…and unlike Caesar, the Wiz escaped with their lives, though they nearly lost the kind of game that even a lottery team wouldn’t lose. The Wiz won 125-124 despite the Celtics not having Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Marcus Smart, and the gone-for-the-season Gordon Hayward. Bradley Beal played 47 of the 58 minutes of the double-overtime game, scoring 34 points on 14-of-27 and leading a DC Family that managed to lose the field goal percentage battle (Boston …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball Does More With Less

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said of Magic Johnson that Magic could take three shots and still impact the game. Considering Lonzo Ball led the Lakers at plus-24 despite shooting the ball only five times (making three), all while scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing seven assists, and yanking six steals, maybe Kareem’s remarks should be updated to the Lakers’ scoring-deficient young rookie. The scoring portion of the program was brought to you by Isaiah Thomas (29 points off the bench) and Julius Randle (25, on 8-of-13 and a stellar 9-of-9 from the line) as the Lakers pummeled the Heat in …

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