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Kings draft point guard De’Aaron Fox at No. 5 overall, addressing a major need

'Fox! Fox! Fox!' Elated Kings fans react to De'Aaron Fox being drafted fifth overall

Fans at a draft party at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento react to the Kings taking Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox with the fifth pick Thursday.
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Fans at a draft party at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento react to the Kings taking Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox with the fifth pick Thursday.

The Kings have needed a point guard for some time, but have mostly relied on plugging in veterans at the position.

That changed Thursday when the Kings selected Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox with the fifth pick in the NBA draft.

Fox averaged 16.7 points and 4.6 assists as a freshman for the Wildcats.

Fox impressed the Kings in a meeting at the NBA scouting combine in May and Sacramento hosted him for a pre-draft workout earlier this month. Fox expressed a desire to be a King, due in part to his familiarity with players on the roster such as Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere, also former Kentucky Wildcats.

With all three Kings point guards from last season set to be unrestricted free agents, Fox becomes the only point guard on the roster. Darren Collison and Ty Lawson were in the last year of their deals and Langston Galloway declined his player option for next season.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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