What the Kings want to see from De'Aaron Fox the rest of his rookie season can't be measured just by his statistics.
Fox has to put his imprint on the team every night, even when his shot isn't falling, because leadership goes beyond the box score.
That makes nights like Sunday's 84-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center a beneficial experience. Fox shot six of 18, but turned the ball over just once, had six assists, scored 14 points and finished with a game-high plus-13 in plus/minus.
"I feel like games like this is what really helps you develop the understanding of the game," Fox said.
So even when shots aren't falling, Fox knows he can still have a big influence on a game.
"Even if I'm not shooting well, I'm just trying to touch the paint and get guys open," Fox said.
If Fox is able to push his teammates to victory on nights like Sunday and continue to grow in that area as a leader, he'll be on his way to becoming the All-Star that Kings' brass believe he can become.
Fox believes with four games left in his rookie season, he has grown as a floor general.
"I feel like I've had to develop my point guard skills, I'd say more intangibles than I've had to develop physically on the court," Fox said. "I feel like I've become a lot smarter player as the year went on."
That's one reason the Kings cannot afford to treat the rest of the season as glorified scrimmages. The rest of the season is a chance for Fox to cement his place as the leader on the court heading into the summer.
Kings coach Dave Joerger said Saturday that's what he's looking for Fox to do.
"He's got to demand from the rest of his team that he's the leader, and going forward, set the tone for what he's looking for," Joerger said. "And get the ball out faster, or 'give me some space and I'll get you a shot.' Those kinds of things where you go to the next level of leadership or you can kind of just finish the season."
Fox continues to show he's relaxed when the pressure is on. His 7-foot floater with 11 seconds to play gave the Kings an 84-80 lead and was Fox's latest example of calm nerves late.
"He just knows how to finish well," said Kings guard Buddy Hield. "As a young rookie I think he's one of the best closers in the game because of the way he finishes. And his confidence level is turned up to a different level at the end of the game. He forgets about everything, he's a good finisher."
Fox said the intangibles he's developing are the most important things he can take from this season. He's said all season the physical part of the game hasn't been the biggest adjustment for him.
He relied on veteran George Hill for more than half the season to be a sounding board for his questions. When Hill was traded to Cleveland in February, Fox had to take on even more himself, which he plans to do heading to the offseason.
"Just keep learning the game," Fox said. "Just keep being able to put my teammates in better positions to make it easier for them. The summer I'm just working on skills, my skillset and my game."
Hield led the Kings (25-53) with 19 points. He only had two points in the second half, but they came on a dunk with 37 seconds that gave the Kings an 82-80 lead.
Julius Randle led the Lakers (33-43) with 19 points.