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Four Kings stars land on ESPN’s Top 100 players list for 2022-23 season

Four Kings land on ESPN’s set of Top 100 players for 2022-23 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Its back! ESPNs NBArank has returned because the 2022-23 NBA season is right nearby.

With big names like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic likely to land close to the the surface of the list, other people who made the cut — or didnt — might come as a surprise.

Only two rookies managed to get on the annual list: Kings forward Keegan Murray (No. 95) and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (No. 82).

And three of Murrays Kings teammates joined him on that list.

Below is really a full rundown of Kings players who have been ranked on the list of 100 best in the league.

Keegan Murray (No. 95)

Murray enters his first NBA season with plenty of potential and high expectations. The 22-year-old already has some hardware showing for this.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft was named probably the most Valuable Player of the 2K23 NBA Summer League following a remarkable performance in NEVADA.

Murray dominated over the boards in every four games he played in LAS VEGAS, averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc.

He scored at the very least 20 points in every four contests and easily outscored the three players who have been drafted before him in Banchero (20.0 PPG), Oklahoma City Thunders Chet Holmgren (12.0) and Houston Rockets Jabari Smith Jr. (14.4).

The Iowa product still includes a lot to prove, but his future already is blindingly bright as his addition to the Kings brought a glimpse of hope and excitement back again to Sactown.

Harrison Barnes (No. 74)

Barnes is entering his 11th season in the league and fourth with the Kings.

In his career, hes averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. However in his latest campaign with the Kings, he averaged 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

A champion with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, Barnes was tasked with a more impressive role in Sacramento and contains averaged solid numbers since.

And thats not likely to change any time in the future for the 30-year-old as his veteran leadership and championship background will undoubtedly be crucial in assisting the Kings escape a 16-year playoff drought.

DeAaron Fox (No. 54)

Foxs incredible growth was placed on display last season because the young point guard stepped up in notable ways for Sacramento.

So much in order that his steady progression landed him on a prestigious list.

Fox missed the ultimate 11 games of the 2021-22 season because of hand injury, but he was playing his best ball right before that. From Feb. 14 to March 9, Fox set up 20 or even more points and shot 50 percent from the field in 10 consecutive games.

The only real other player in the league to achieve that was Antetokounmpo.

By adding Domantas Sabonis late in the growing season, Fox blossomed right into a go-to player for the Kings and his numbers showed that. Since Sabonis joined the squad, Fox averaged 28.9 points for the rest of the games he played.

They only played in 15 games together, however the two placed on a show that fans quickly loved and in exchange were dubbed The Fox and the Ox.

Also it was only a sneak peek of whats ahead.

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Domantas Sabonis (No. 47)

The Kings are wanting to make contact with the postseason, and believe Domantas Sabonis might help have them there.

That is why they brought him in from the Indiana Pacers in a blockbuster trade that sent guards Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton to Indianapolis.

The two-time All-Star played in his first game in the 916 on Feb. 9 and the difference that just his presence made was instantly noticeable.

Sabonis has said again and again that since landing in Sacramento, he’s excited to play with Fox and ready for the 2022-23 season.

In their first game ever playing together, “The Fox and the Ox” combined for 49 points, 22 rebounds and eight assists in the Kings’ 132-119 make an impression on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 9.

It wasn’t the direction they wanted the growing season to end at all, however the short preview of what we witnessed can make next season even more exciting with a newly revamped squad playing a whole season together.

Bucke up. It’s almost time.

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