After a breakout second season with the Sacramento Kings, De'Aaron Fox came up short in his bid for the NBA's Most Improved Player award Monday evening as part of the league's postseason award show.
The Kings' starting point guard was one of three finalists for the award, but Toronto's Pascal Siakam took home the trophy after posting a big season for the Raptors.
Fox, 21, turned heads not just with his numbers, but with his ability to win with the Kings. Sacramento showed a 10-game improvement over the previous season and picked up their most victories since the 2005-06 season. It wasn't enough to take home the trophy
The team missed the playoffs for a thirteenth consecutive season, but they are a team on the rise and Fox is the centerpiece of their build.
After posting 11.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds in his rookie campaign, Fox improved to 17.3 points, 7.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in his sophomore season.
Selected with the fifth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft improved in almost every facet of the game, including his long distance shooting. He jumped from 30.7 percent in year one to 37.1 percent in year two.
Sacramento has designed their entire offense around Fox and they intend to continue that trend in the coming seasons.
Siakam had a great season for the Raptors, finishing the year averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in his third NBA season. He was a huge part of Toronto's success this season, which culminated in the team's first NBA Championship.