When it comes to rookies this season, the likes of Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, and even Lonzo Ball have received much of the attention around the league but another player has been quietly making a case to be in those conversations.
Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has been playing solid basketball in recent months and looks to be adjusting to the league with more minutes and responsibility on the team.
With the Kings owning one of the worst records in the NBA, they have been almost irrelevant for much of the year and Fox's performances have gone under the radar as a result.
But he has slowly shown that he can become a future star for the Kings with his prowess on both ends of the floor.
One thing the 20-year-old has proved this season is that he can come up clutch for his team and produce big plays when it matters down the stretch.
His best play of the year came in Miami when he sealed a victory for Sacramento with a stunning game-winning putback dunk.
In Thursday night's encounter against the Brooklyn Nets, Fox displayed his clutch gene once again.
With the Kings down two, he received the ball on the left wing and drove to the basket after quickly beating his defender off the dribble and managed to sink a terrific floater at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
It earned Sac an extra five minutes to win the game and they duly completed a comeback victory as they triumphed 116-111.
Fox produced another impressive showing as he finished with 21 points, two rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
He credited his teammates for having the determination to pull out a win late in the game.
"It came down to who had the grit to go get rebounds and loose balls," Fox said after the game, per ESPN. "It's always great playing these games, games that come to the wire. I feel like we made the correct plays."
At 19-43, Sacramento has endured another horrendous season but in the Kentucky product, they do have a player they can build around moving forward.
The number five draft pick is averaging steady first-year numbers of 11.5 points, 4.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game.
This game-tying shot should boost his confidence and make him better as the campaign continues.
Fox has already shown that he's not afraid of the moment under pressure and that's a great sign for him and the Kings in the coming years as he develops into a star.