Ahead of the NBA Draft, former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox has moved up mock drafts, and presumably NBA general managers’ draft boards through further evaluation. In one report, GMs are liking Fox over expected No. 1 pick overall Markelle Fultz and the highly-hyped Lonzo Ball. With his name rising, Fox could land in the top-3 of the NBA Draft on June 26.
One aspect that has helped Fox’s evaluation is the comparison to Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. Wall had a breakout season in 2016-17, averaging career-highs in nearly every major category with 23. 1 points, 10.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 45.1 percent field goal shooting before having an more impressive playoff run leading the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The comparison of their game go a long way, and during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Chris Miller, Wall endorsed his fellow Kentucky alum and acknowledged the similarities.
“A lot of people say it’s bias because he’s from Kentucky, but I think De’Aaron Fox might end up being the best point guard out of that class,” he said. “He reminds me of myself a lot, just a lefty.”
Fox has a high-motor and blazing speed. His first step is nearly as good as Wall’s. His open-floor vision is above average, and he can score in bunches. In fact, Fox numbers as a freshman under John Calipari are eerily similar to Wall’s freshman year at Kentucky under the same coach.
Fox is an all-around player that effects the game even when he is not scoring, much like Wall. Just like the elder version of him, Fox will take some time developing his weaknesses such as his jump shooting. But as we saw with Wall, who has improved his jumper by utilizing the mid-range area that helped him shoot a playoff-career high 34.4 percent this postseason, Fox can develop into a respectable shooter. If so, given his advantages in other areas over Fultz and Ball, Wall may be right about the prospects of Fox.