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Domantas Sabonis, De’Aaron Fox get high praise from Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

KG, Pierce praise Sabonis, Fox, Kings’ culture change originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

If you’re still snoozing on the Kings this season, maybe a couple of NBA legends can serve as your wake-up call.

15-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett and 10-time All-Star and Hall of Famer Paul Pierce discussed what’s been brewing in Sacramento, the dynamic duo of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis and how the Kings can maintain a top seed in the Western Conference.

Garnett believes the blockbuster trade that sent Sabonis to Sactown last season, a couple of offseason additions including drafting rookie Keegan Murray and the arrival of Mike Brown all led to an immediate “culture change” for the Kings.

“I’m a believer in the Kings,” Pierce said on the latest episode of SHOWTIME Basketball’s “Ticket and The Truth.” “That trade, grabbing Sabonis, they lost [Tyrese] Haliburton which was like, ‘He’s going to be an All-Star,’ but so is Sabonis.”

The term “All-Star” has recently been linked to both Sabonis and Fox. The former cracked the top 10 in the third and final fan voting returns for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game starters Thursday after being left out the first two rounds.

Fox entered the top 10 in the second All-Star fan voting update, collecting enough votes to rank 10th among Western Conference guards.

While the West is loaded with a surplus of talent, Pierce pointed out that injuries have taken a massive toll on players and teams. This has allowed players like Fox and Sabonis, who typically don’t get as much national recognition as the Anthony Davis’ of the world, to showcase what they’ve been doing all along.

“I don’t know if Fox will make it but Sabonis definitely will,” Pierce said. “If they stay [in the] top-four seed, I think you got to throw D. Fox in there. When you got guys like AD, who’s an All-Star, but he’s been dealing with injuries, Zion [Williamson], who’s an All-Star and dealing with injuries, [Devin] Booker, Chris Paul, [Brandon] Ingram, those guys haven’t been out there. These guys have been out there every night.

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Publish date : 2023-01-22 00:30:28

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