The NBA season is close to one month of action already and with that comes hot and cold stretches for players, coaches, and executives. These stretches can sometimes last a few weeks or, in some cases, a month. Let’s take a look at who’s had a good stretch over the last few weeks and who is looking forward to Monday.
De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings- Fox has been used as a sparkplug guard off the bench for the beginning of his rookie campaign behind George Hill. He hasn’t seen the minutes he’s grown used to from last year at Kentucky and it’s been an adjustment of sorts for the combo-guard rookie. It appears he’s found his stride as a Sacramento King for the time being.
Fox has had four double-digit scoring games out of his last five contests, with a current career-high eighteen points on Halloween night. But this week’s highest point was hitting the game-winner against the streaking Philadelphia 76ers to put an end to their five-game winning streak on Thursday. Along with his eleven points came seven assists for Fox. It won’t be too long until he’s starting for Sacramento, as the Kings might have found themselves a franchise point guard.
Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics- When Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in search of being “the man” for another team, many folks laughed at Irving’s idea. How could a guy who struggled to win games without LeBron honestly run his own team and succeed?Irving is not only running the Celtics, he’s led them to the best record in the NBA and has them on a current eleven-game winning streak.
Irving has had his own flashy plays already and is electrifying the Boston fans with his crafty handles and knack for scoring the basketball. Though he exited Friday’s game in the first half due to catching an elbow from teammate Aron Baynes, Irving still has been fantastic since the Celtics started the season off with a 0-2 record. Good things appear to be happening for Irving and the youngster-led C’s. So far, so good for Kyrie’s new adventure.