Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox is the only player in the 2017 draft class to receive a major extension without earning an All-Star selection or a playoff berth.
Fox in 2010 After being drafted fifth overall in 2017, he signed a multi-year contract with the Kings. After the 2019–20 season, he signed a five-year, $163 million contract extension.
Perhaps the 6’3″ guard should have gotten at least one All-Star pick by now. During the 2020-21 season, Fox ranked 15th in points (1,461), 15th in assists per game (25.2), ninth in assists per game (7.2) and 12th in steals per game (1.5).
Only one of the four members of the 2017 draft class to receive major extensions never became a star or made the playoffs.
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Last season, Fox finished 14th in the NBA in assists per game (23.2), 20th in assists per game (5.6) and 16th in 2-point field goals made (442).
Additionally, the Kings have not made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. 16 seasons have gone by without a playoff game, the longest postseason drought in NBA history.
De’Aaron Fox is the only player in the 2017 draft class to sign a max contract without a game or an All-Star pick.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo are the three NBA players in the 2017 draft class to receive high-profile extensions.
In fact, the Celtics selected Tatum third overall in 2017. Since then, the forward has earned three All-Star selections and made five playoff appearances.
On July 1, 2017, Tatum signed a multi-year contract extension with Boston. Following the 2019-20 season, the Duke product re-signed with the Celtics on a five-year, $195 million extension.
Mitchell was then selected 13th overall by the Jazz in 2017. In five seasons, the guard earned three All-Star selections. And Utah has made the playoffs five times with Mitchell.
Mitchell signed a multi-year contract with Utah on July 5, 2017. Three years later, he re-signed a $195 million contract extension with the organization. Both Mitchell and De’Arron Fox could be on different teams in the coming months.
As for Adebayo, five years ago, the 6’9″ center was taken by the Heat with the No. 14 pick. So far, he’s earned his first and only All-Star pick in 2020. Four times with Adebayo.
In addition, the center After being drafted in 2017, he signed a multi-year contract with Miami. Adebayo then signed a five-year max contract extension worth at least $163 million in November 2020.
Of the four players in the 2017 draft class to receive a maximum extension, only Tatum and Adebayo played in the NBA Finals. All four players remain ringless, though.
In the 2022 NBA Finals, the Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. Likewise, Adebayo and the Heat lost in 6 games to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Tatum is the first player in the draft class to win the conference finals MVP award. Will De’Aron Fox receive his first All-Star pick next season? It’s more likely than not to see the Kings make the playoffs.