Four Kings stars land on ESPN’s Top 100 player list for the 2022-23 season

Four Kings stars land on ESPN’s Top 100 player list for the 2022-23 season

Four Kings lands on ESPN’s list of Top 100 players for 2022-23 which originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

It’s back! ESPN’s NBA rankings have returned as the 2022-23 NBA season is upon us.

With big names like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic expected to land at the top of the list, others who made – or didn’t – may come as a surprise.

Only two rookies made the annual list: Kings forward Keegan Murray (No. 95) and No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (No. 82).

And three of Murray’s Kings teammates joined him on that list.

Below is a full rundown of Kings players who were among the top 100 in the league.

Keegan Murray (No. 95)

Murray is entering his first NBA season with a lot of potential and high hopes. The 22-year-old already has some hardware to show for.

The #4 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft was named Most Valuable Player of the 2K23 NBA Summer League after a remarkable performance in Las Vegas.

Murray dominated across the board in all four games he played at Sin City, averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game, while taking 50 percent of the lead. field and shot 40 percent from behind the arc.

He scored at least 20 points in all four games, easily beating the three players lined up for him in Banchero (20.0 PPG), Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chet Holmgren (12.0) and Houston Rockets’ Jabari Smith Jr. (14,4).

The Iowa product still has a lot to prove, but its future is already blindingly bright as its addition to the Kings brought back a glimpse of hope and excitement to Sactown.

Barnes is entering his 11th season in the league and fourth with the Kings.

In his career, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. But in his most recent campaign with the Kings, he averaged 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Barnes, champion of the Golden State Warriors in 2015, got a bigger role in Sacramento and has had solid numbers ever since.

And that isn’t expected to change anytime soon for the 30-year-old, as his experienced leadership and championship background will be crucial in helping the Kings escape a 16-year playoff drought.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 54)

Fox’s incredible growth was showcased last season when the young point guard performed for Sacramento in remarkable ways.

So much so that his steady progression landed him on a prestigious list.

Fox missed the last 11 games of the 2021-22 season due to a hand injury, but played his best ball just before that. From February 14 to March 9, Fox scored 20 or more points and shot 50 percent of the field in 10 consecutive games.

The only other player in the league to do so was Antetokounmpo.

With the addition of Domantas Sabonis late in the season, Fox became a go-to player for the Kings and his numbers showed it. Since Sabonis joined the squad, Fox has averaged 28.9 points for the remaining games he played.

They only played in 15 games together, but the two put on a show that fans soon loved and in return they were dubbed “The Fox and the Ox”.

And it was just a taste of what’s to come.

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Domantas Sabonis (no. 47)

The Kings are eager to return to the postseason and believe that Domantas Sabonis can help them there.

That’s why they brought him in from the Indiana Pacers in a blockbuster that sent guards Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton to Indianapolis.

The two-time All-Star played in his first game in the 916 on February 9, and the difference made by his presence alone was immediately noticeable.

Sabonis has said time and again that since landing in Sacramento, he is excited to play with Fox and is ready for the 2022-23 season.

In their first ever game together, “The Fox and the Ox” teamed up for 49 points, 22 rebounds and eight assists in the Kings’ 132-119 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 9.

It wasn’t the way they didn’t want to end the season in any way, but the brief preview of what we’ve seen will make next season all the more exciting with a recently revamped squad playing an entire season together.

Come on. It’s almost time.

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