The last time the Kings franchise witnessed a guard as unstoppable as De’Aaron Fox was on Sunday night, they its name was the Royals and its city “Kansas City-Omaha.”
That was back when Nate “Tiny” Archibald was staking his claim as one of the best dual threat point guards in basketball history. The 1972-73 season saw Archibald lead the NBA in both scoring and assists, a year that included a 42-point, 13-assist effort against the Baltimore Bullets.
On Sunday, Fox finished with 43 points (on 17-for-27 shooting) 13 assists, four rebounds and four steals in Sacramento’s 128-123 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. In doing so, he became the first Kings player with at least 40 points and 10 assists since Archibald’s 1973 special.