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Isaiah Thomas taking the reins in Sactown

Hello World!

So much for that tired ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ sports moniker.

Isaiah Thomas, cast as most unlikely star in said NBA production this season, has taken the reins in Sactown of late and simultaneously dispelled the notion of utter irrelevancy as the last pick in the draft.

If you recall the Kings picked up highly-touted combo-guard Jimmer Fredette with the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

While Fredette, who dominated the college scene with his incredible scoring ability, got the bulk of the publicity coming in; lately it’s been a 5-foot-9, 185-pound former Washington Husky who has taken over the news waves and, subsequently, the new starting point guard position in Sactown with his confident play.

Thomas doubted early based on stature was wisely picked up by the Kings with the 60th pick.  A score-first point guard, the league had questions concerning his ability to run an NBA club and to compete against pro-level athletes.

Thomas has heard that same talk throughout his short Basketball career.  Coming into the season for the Kings he was buried on the bench behind their plethora of guards including the widely-popular Fredette.

However, things have changed drastically in just a month’s time and now Thomas finds himself, not just playing big minutes, but running the show in Sacramento.

That in itself is quite the achievement.

Isaiah Thomas by the numbers

Over the Kings’ last five ball games the 23-year old penetrating point guard is putting in a productive 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists on 52.8% shooting from the floor.

In a 93-92 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Sunday, Thomas really broke out tallying 23 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds going up against the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving.

Tuesday Night down in Miami he notched 24 points and 5 assists in a 120-108 loss to the Heat.

Not bad production from a player who was supposed to have zero relevancy.

Thomas vs. Fredette

Unfortunately with Thomas’ Lin-like emergence, Fredette’s minutes have dropped significantly. He registered a DNP-CD against the Heat Tuesday night and his minutes have gone from 25 per game in December to just 15 per contest in the month of February.

Rookie seasons are known to be unkind, however, and Jimmer is surely seeing that now.

In terms of Thomas’ value; the team has benefited from his ability to attack the paint and create opportunities for his teammates.

Unfortunately Fredette has struggled mightily in this regard since entering the league, which was, ironically, the main concern with the high-scoring, jump-shooting guard coming in.

Whereas Thomas attacks the lane off pick and rolls and in transition, Fredette’s natural tendency is to shoot the jump shot.

The difference in the Kings’ increased chances of winning have been apparent since Thomas’ insertion into the starting lineup, however it has not yet translated into actual W’s.

But for Thomas, who now has the attention of the Kings and the League with his confident and competitive style of play, there’s no reason to believe that this starting trend won’t continue.

Sacramento Kings Team Page | 2011 NBA Draft | The Rookie Series

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