Lakers Hold Workout for De'Aaron Fox
As the NBA Draft nears closer and closer, the Lakers — owners of the No. 2 pick — continue to evaluate the class’ top talent.
With nine days left until decision time, they brought in Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox for an individual workout on Tuesday.
Known for his world-class speed and troublemaking defense, Fox claims that he is ready to step up to the challenges presented at the next level.
“I just attack everyone,” Fox said. “No matter who’s in front of you — no matter if it’s defense, offense, rebounding. Every aspect of the game, I just feel like I attack it.”
And while Fox — a First Team All-SEC selection and SEC Tournament MVP — averaged 16.7 points and led his conference in assists (4.6), Tuesday’s workout was more about his weaknesses than his strengths.
“They pretty much know I can play point guard, kind of have a mid-range game, floaters, I can defend,” Fox said.
“So I just try to go in and prove the things people don’t think I can do. But at the end of the day, I’m gonna have to go in and perform in games. What happens in the workout doesn’t really matter.”
In particular, Fox is seeking to show that he can improve his perimeter shooting after hitting just 24.6 percent of his 3-pointers at UK.
“When someone says something’s a weakness, you want to turn it into a strength,” Fox said. “If there’s anything, it’s probably my body and shooting. That’s what I’ve been working on this summer.”
Hard work by De'Aaron Fox today! pic.twitter.com/VpBA7DV11T— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 13, 2017
As for his body, Fox — who stands at a lithe 6-foot-3, 171 pounds — said that his Lakers workout was already more physical than the college game. As his Kentucky coach, John Calipari, told him, “There are no boys in this league. It’s only grown men.”
For what it’s worth, Fox has already put his collegiate success in the past. He even eschewed a chance to recall his Sweet 16 performance — when he dropped 39 points on fellow projected lottery pick Lonzo Ball and the UCLA Bruins.
“College doesn’t really matter at this point,” Fox said.
Having worked out only for the Lakers and Sacramento Kings thus far, Fox has his sights set on embracing what lies at the next level.
“I want to beat my guy offensively and defensively,” he said. “Like I said, just attacking the game in all different ways.”