With all of the recent Sacramento Kings news swirling around a possible move to Seattle the team’s smallest player is flying under the radar as expected. Isaiah Thomas was the last player drafted in the 2011 NBA draft and after a solid rookie season he has been so-so in the first half of his sophomore year.
Now, I wouldn’t quite call this a sophomore slump but, Thomas isn’t playing up to his potential nor where the Kings had hoped he would be at this point. Without a doubt Thomas needs to bring more leadership from the point guard position as his club’s struggles center around the lack of leadership.
I have been Demarcus Cousins‘ biggest fan however, he is a big reason that this team lacks an identity and strong chemistry. In order for players like Thomas to excel the whole team needs to be on board with coach Keith Smart. Recently Smart came out and commended the guard saying “there was never one of those sulking moment like woe is me” when taking about Thomas’ lack of playing time.
Thomas has since received much more playing time as he has not played less than 19 minutes in a game since December 21st. With a surplus of Sacramento it is saying a lot that Thomas has started in 21 of the club’s 38 games.
At the end of the day, the only thing I want from Thomas is some consistency in the second half of his sophomore year. No one is asking him to pour in 34 like he did versus the Miami Heat every night but, a solid ten points each night would be a step in the right direction for him.