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Royal Reading: Chris Webber shows some love for De’Aaron Fox

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The Sacramento Kings legend caught up with The Athletic’s Jason Jones about the recent changes to the front office and what the team needs to do to end the playoff drought.

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From 1998-2004, Chris Webber helped lead the Sacramento Kings to the most successful run in franchise history. The Kings made the playoffs in each of C-Webb’s six seasons with the team, making the Western Conference Finals in 2002.

After former teammate Vlade Divac stepped down as Sacramento’s vice president of basketball operations and general manager after five years, Webber is looking forward to what the future holds for the Kings.

Webber is now an analyst with TNT and is in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. He told The Athletic’s Jason Jones that he’s excited to see what Divac’s replacement — Joe Dumars — can do to turn the franchise around. Webber admitted to being a big fan of the team and being frustrated with how things have gone over the past 14 years.

One current Sacramento player Webber is excited about is point guard De’Aaron Fox, who has shown he has all the tools to be an NBA All-Star in the coming years.

“He’s somebody that I’ve watched and I’ve watched be a great teammate by distributing and then learning to be a better teammate by being aggressive, realizing the more aggressive he is, the more he can set the table for others ... I hope he’s watching a lot of tape of some of the great shooters and some of the speedsters like John Wall and others because he can change a game and a series just with his play and his speed and he loves to get others involved.”

Fox put up 21.1 points and 6.8 assists per game this season, and will only continue to get better as he develops his game. He will need to improve his outside shooting to fulfill his potential after shooting just 29.3% from deep this past season. Another aspect of his game he needs to work on is his defense. While Sacramento scored 3.1 more points per 100 possessions with Fox on the court, the Kings gave up eight fewer points per 100 possessions with Fox on the bench.

Still, his presence on the roster is a huge benefit for Dumars. Fox is the prototypical leader in today’s NBA. His quickness is second-to-none, and his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands translates well to the run-and-gun style the league has adopted. Dumars will have to be creative to fill out the roster around him. It looks like Buddy Hield’s days with the team could be numbered, especially with head coach Luke Walton slated to return for his second season, so Dumars could use Hield to acquire a wing player that complements Fox’s game.

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Speaking of Fox, his quickness reminded an NBA legend that it was time to walk away from the game. Dwyane Wade says he realized his playing days were over after a game against the Kings. (NBC Sports)

We will find out if Sacramento gets some luck at the NBA Draft Lottery on Thursday. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz came up with some hypothetical trades for each lottery team and suggests the Kings go after an Eastern Conference forward.

Which NBA Draft prospect could be an option for Sacramento if its stays put at the lottery? ESPN’s Jonathan Givony says the Kings should target Florida State forward Patrick Williams.